THE Catholic Fund for Overseas Development (CAFOD) announces the retirement of Sir Hugh EllisRees, who has been administrator since its foundation in 1962. His successor is the former deputy administrator, Mr. Noel Charles, aged 51, who served in the Army's Middle East H.U. during the war and was then transferred to the Foreign Office. Rome was among his postings.
He then became a partner in a merchant bank, and later moved to a post as secretary of the Anglo-Belgian Club in Belgravia, London — a club especially popular with the diplomatic corps. Afterwards he studied for the priesthood at the Beda College in Rome, but illness prevented him from continuing. His full-time service for overseas development began with the American Catholic Bishops' aid organisation in Geneva (Catholic Relief Services.) He has been with CAFOD since December 1967.
Sir Hugh's career included service as chairman of the Office of European Economic Cooperation, as head of the World Bank Mission to Spain, and as permanent delegate (with the rank of ambassador) to the European Payments Union.
He was appointed by the bishops to be CAFOD's first administrator, and has presided over the gradual growth of his organisation from the first project in Dominica, founded by the National Board of Catholic Women, to the 220 projects operating in 40 countries which CAFOD had last year alone.
Mr. Robin Hood has been appointed an assistant to Mr. Charles.
Requiem Mass for General Anders
THOUSANDS of Poles paid theit last respects to General Anders. the wartime Polish leader. at his Requiem Mass in Westminster Cathedral last Thursday.
The Mass was concelebrated by Polish clergy. with Bishop Rubin, the bishop responsible for Polish exiles, presiding.