21st October 2010 – Special Appeal Reception

About eighty members and guests assembled for the Special Appeal Reception held in the Throne Room of Archbishop’s House. This followed the 5:30pm Mass in the Cathedral which was said for the intentions of members of the Society. The chairman, John Barrie read from the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians. As schools are on their half-term holiday, the boys from the Choir School were absent and the senior members of the Choir sang.

His Grace the Archbishop attended the reception and was presented with a cheque in the sum of £80,000 being the sum collected as a result of the Special Appeal made by him last year. In thanking the contributors to the appeal, His Grace mentioned some of the work which has been completed in the house and those items which are next on his list of work to be done. The chairs in the Throne room had been recovered in time for the visit by the Holy Father in September and looked resplendent. His Grace went on to refer to the visit by the Holy Father in September and how the Catholic population should draw encouragement and practice their faith more publicly.

Among those present were Lord Mark Fitzalan-Howard, the Lady Mary Mumford and Sir Brian and Lady Pearse. All present thoroughly enjoyed the evening which matched the friendliness of previous such gatherings. It is believed that some of the guests would join the Society so that they might attend similar events in the future.