'Hie English Benedictine Congregation has conferred the dignity of Titular Cathedral Prior of Canterbary upon Dom Bernard Orchard of haling Abbey or services rendered in the fields of Education and of Biblical Scholarship. The explanation of this honour is as follows: Before the Reformation the English Benedictines formed the Chapters of nine of the Cathedrals of England. They had the privileges of a Diocesan Chapter and elected the bishop. The superior of the monastic community was the Cathedral Prior. In 1633 the Holy See enacted that these titles should be perpetuated, as well as those of Peterbrough. Gloucester, and Chester, which were made into Cathedrals by King Henry VIII. The office confers no jurisdiction, it gives only honour and precedence. There are in all eleven such titles, and Canterbury is the senior one.
Parishioners of the West Sussex village of Hillingshunt suggested to their parish priest. Fr G. J. Candy. a Novena of All Night Vigils. There is exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on the first Saturday of each month from 9 pm to 8 am. Visitors from all neighbouring parishes are welcomed for these nights of prayer and adoration. Some attend for l5 minutes. others for the whole night. i-ive 'tea' breaks are available for those who watch throughout the night.
GN Sunday rain or shine Mr Chris Bailey, the Wrestler. is going to walk and jog the forty miles from St Joseph's. Infant and Junior Schools, Upper Nonvood to the sea front at
Brighton. He is being sponsored by the Parents and Friends of the Schools and .expects to raise several hundred pounds for the PTA Fund.
THE inaugural meeting of nev. London-based group for young Catholics in medicine and nursing will take place on Monday evening at the Catholic Chaplaincy, 111 Gower Streetk London WC1. The Linacre Student Group, though independent. is associated with the Linacre Centre, and aims to provide a forum in which medical and nursing students and junior doctors and nurses can seek to discover the relevance of the Catholic moral tradition to clinical practice. Monday's meeting will be addressed by Dr Graham Mulley, of Nottingham University, on 'Ethical Problems in the Care of the Elderly'.
Richard Cunningham, secretary of the Catholic Education Council. has been made a Knight Commander of St Gregory in recognition of his services to education. He was invested with the honour at Westminster cathedral on Wednesday. Another member of the CEC. Ernie Shields, has been made a Knight of St Gregory.
St Francis Leprosy Guild will celebrate Damien Day on Monday with a concelebrated Mass at the Jesuit Fathers' Church, Farm Street, WI at 6.15 pm. Bishop Thomas McMahon, of Brentwood will concelebrate with priest members of the Guild's General Committee. After Mass slides of "Lepra in Malawiwill he shown in the Sodality Hall. Mount St. WI. Light refreshments.