A Benedictine medical missionary, Sister M. Thecla Stinnesbeck, O.S.B., gave a lecture in St. Philip's Hall, S.W., on the 1st inst., on her medical and leper work in Ndanda, Tanganyika Territory. Sister Theela holds the M.D. degree (Freiburg) and is L.M.S.S.A. (London). For ten years she has been in charge of the mission hospital at Ndanda. Describing her work there, she gave an account of the natives' mentality: on the one hand their child-like simplicity; on the other, their suspicion of European medical and surgical methods. A high infant mortality, 50 per cent., and grave mortality among mothers, are due principally to the ignorance of native midwives and to limited medical service. The hospital admits between three and four thousand patients yearly, besides the six to seven thousand out-patients.
The cause of the lepers made the greatest appeal to the sympathy of. the audience. In the leper camp are over two hundred adults and about a hundred children. These latter, by skilful attention, will not only be improved, but cornpletely cured, within four years of first treatment.
The mission hospital is a great factor
in spreading the Faith. The Catholic atmosphere pervading its work leads many to seek baptism and the other sacraments.
The Benedictine missionaries have laboured in Tanganyika, formerly German East Africa, for the past fifty years. They need help urgently to maintain their work. There is a London centre at 11, Bedford Place, W.C.1.
Metropolitan Peter of Krutitza
Persistent rumours of the death of Peter, Metropolitan of Krutitza, locum tenens of the patriarchal see of Russia, are now confirmed, and Requiem Masses arc being celebrated in all the Russian Orthodox churches abroad.
The late Metropolitan is one of the confessors of the Russian Church. A layman and former official of the Synod, Mr. Poliansky, as he was then, was ordained late in life, after the revolution. The late Patriarch Tikhon consecrated him and appointed him to adminster the Russian Church after his, the Patriarch's death.
But Metropolitan Peter had scarcely any opportunity to exercise his authority, as his life became a slow martyrdom. Ever since his consecration he was nearly always in prison or exile, unable to communicate with his flock or with the outside world. The last years of his life were spent under especially hard conditions, in solitary confinement in the Arctic regions of Siberia.