24th June 2009 – Welcome Reception

His Grace greets Una BarrieThe reception was held to welcome the Most Rev. Vincent Nichols to the Westminster Diocese.

Over 120 members and their guests assembled in the Throne Room for a reception immediately following the customary 5:30 Mass in the Cathedral, on 24th June 2009. The new Archbishop stood at the door greeting all arrivals warmly and chatting to those whom he knew from Westminster and elsewhere.

The Society’s chairman John Barrie said a few words of welcome and the Archbishop responded. These words included a request from the Archbishop for assistance in funding some specific major maintenance projects in Archbishop’s House. More details will be made available later.

The occasion was used by many to greet old friends and to make some new friends all fortified by a generous supply of sparkling wine and excellent canapés.

A selection of photos from the reception follows.

His Grace with Michael Milbourn (secretary) and John Barrie (chairman)
John Barrie, Toni and Don Maclean
His Grace with Patricia Small and Mary Neilandl
Margaret Duffy and Joyce Shannon
His Grace with John Hardman and Mary Needleman
Reception guests