Monday, January 22, 2007


It is crazy, of course, to be having a meeting about an Autumn event in January but....mark the date in your diaries now...........Saturday November 3rd will be the 2007 "Towards Advent" Festival of Catholic Culture at Westminster Cathedral Hall. Committee meeting this morning in the agreeable surroundings of a coffee-shop just off London's Victoria Street. Over coffee and sandwiches we talked over the 2006 success (largest crowds ever! Happy atmosphere, stallholders kept busy all day, talks well-attended) and mapped out plans for 2007. Since the event was launched in 2000, it has grown in size and stature - with grateful thanks to the team at the Catholic Truth Society who did so much of the administration in the early years, and to the Catenians who have taken on burdens in more recent times.



I take this opportunity to record thanks to Hilary Sutton, our wonderful Chairman for several years, whose sudden death just after Christmas was a tragic loss, not only for his family but also for his many friends. He was a generous and warm-hearted man who gave enthusiastically of his time and skills - he was involved in many, many good projects through the Catenians and he is most terribly missed. His cheerful and genial cchairmanship made meetings fun, and we hope to carry on in the same spirit in tribute to him. He was honestly one of those Catholics whose worth and integrity do more to show the fullness of the Faith than many a writer or preacher. May he rest in peace......

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