Fifty-seven members and their guests attended the 92nd Annual General Meeting of the Society in the Throne Room of Archbishop’s House, preceded by mass in the Cathedral. Members were informed about the financial performance of the Society since the previous AGM, resulting in a decision to make a slightly larger donation of £45,300 to Archbishop’s House this year. The Society’s accounts had been submitted to The Charity Commission in England and Wales and copies were available from the Secretary.
At the Reception following the AGM, Cardinal Vincent welcomed members to Archbishop’s House and thanked them for their generous contribution to the expenses of running the house. The building had benefited from much needed repairs to the plumbing, not an obviously exciting use of our funds, but absolutely essential! He spoke about recent meetings with Pope Francis and how keenly aware he was of the immense challenge of integrating people of different cultures into a cohesive and supportive society. As far as future events were concerned, he thought members would be interested to know that, together with other religious leaders, he would be welcoming to England a fragment of bone believed to be from the body of St Thomas Becket, a relic held in the Basilica of Esztergom in Hungary for over 800 years. This event formed the central point of a visit to the UK by Hungarian President Janos Ader and a pilgrimage would be made from the saint’s birthplace in Cheapside in the City of London to the site of his death in Canterbury Cathedral.