...at St Mary's University, I received my Master's degree in Theology from the vice-chancellor, Francis Campbell. It was a moving ceremony, with the academic procession entering the chapel to the sound of trumpets, a service of prayers and hymns, and the calling out of our names as we went forward one by one in our academic gowns and caps. The hood of the MA gown is lined with rose-coloured silk of the shade used by Bishop Richard Challoner, hero Vicar Apostolic of the London District in the 18th century.
It was so lovely to have family and friends with me to celebrate this day...a day that I will remember for always.
After the ceremonies, there was an excellent lunch in the Waldegrave Room, in the splendid Gothick Strawberry Hill House, and then we enjoyed the lovely grounds in pale spring sunshine.
Bogle celebrations continued with a dinner in London along by the Thames...I am now writing this late at home surrounded by flowers and cards and with a grateful heart...