FOUR months less a day after her 100th birthday Miss Mary Williams was received into the Church on December 16. She lives -as, with other non-Catholics, she has done for the past 12 yearsin the guest house of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God in Cheltenham.
Though frail in body, blind and deaf, Miss Williams is said by her niece, Mrs. Dorothy Watson, of Denham-herself a convert-to be "fully alert" and to have "a wonderful mind even now."
"She is a cultured woman," says Mrs. Watson, "with a strong mind of her own, and is very, very happyA correspondent has told me of my aunt's tears of joy at her Christmas Communion when she felt she was 'meeting Our Lord for the first time in her life.' "
Miss Williams has been thinking of coming into the Church for a number of years, but it was only after long and careful thought that she made up her mind.
"Everybody has been most careful not to attempt to influence her decision," says Mrs. Watson,
"When anyone in the family has forgotten something, a quotation, for instance, it is a standing joke among us that we say: 'Ask Aunt Mary. She's sure to remember.' " Miss Williams received a telegram from the Queen on her 100th birthday. When asked by reporters what she had done in her life, she replied: " Fve done nothing except look after the family."
Mexican deep-sea divers are to build an underwater shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe at the bottom of Acapileo Bay. They are also planning to construct near the shrine a submarine cemetery for divers.
Welsh Catholics in London will be able to honour their patron on March I, St. David's Day, when a special Mass will be said by permission of Cardinal Griffin at the Church of the Assumption, Warwick Street, in the West End.
The Mass will be celebrated at 8 p.m. by tr. Ivor Daniel, Fr. Illtud Evans, 0.P., will preach.
A reunion for those who have attended the residential discussion weeks at the Assumption Convent, Ramsgate. over the past few years will he held at the Assumption Convent, 23 Kensington Square, London, W.8, on Saturday, January 8, at 4.30 p.m.
Details may be obtained from the secretary at Broadview House School, Sea View Road, Hayling Island, Hants.