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Christmas 1952 and Summer 1953 editions
lent to us by Anthony McCaffrey
The students at St Columba's had their own magazine called "The Columban" up until Christmas 1954, after which they contributed to The Pelicanwhich became the joint magazine for St Columba's and The Priory. (Previously, Priory students' own magazine was "The Priorian", of course).
The Columban was type-written and then photocopied by D P Selfe & Co in Eastleigh, Hampshire. Both editions that Tony lent me are buff coloured but I am not sure whether the paper used was origianlly whiteso you may find my scan (left) a little unfamiliar . . .
I have created a 'Contents' page of my own for each edition, as follows, and below these you will find some of the articles reproduced.
Christmas 1952 Contents:
Christmas a poem by John Meek
The Diary of the term
A Short History of St Columba's by James Youdale & Patrick Cassidy
Dryburgh Abbey by Christopher McGuire
The Infant Jesus a poem by by Patrick Rice
Autumn in the Air by Paul Geraghty
The meaning of Christmas by Terence Pettit
The Late Archbishop Hughes by Manus McGuire and Michael Goodstadt
"Sandy" by Bernard Hughes
Uellean bagpipes by Gerard O'Byrne
Lwangan House Notes by Anthony Hansen
Kizitan House Notes by David Sole
Mukasan House Notes by Francis Fairney
Kiwanukan House Notes by Francus Mackin
Second Form Class Notes by Clement Gallagher
First Form Class Notes by Anthony McCaffrey
The thoughts of a Seminarist by Francis Walsh (Father Walsh ?)
Summer 1953 Contents:
Father Superior by The Students
The Diary of the term
Lwangan House Notes by Clement Gallagher
Kizitan House Notes by Christopher McGuire
Kiwanukan House Notes by John Lilley
Mukasan House Notes by George Smith
The New Light of the Scottish Borders by Michael Goodstadt
"A Sand Storm" by John Corcoran
The Story of a Match by John Lyden
The College Grounds by Peter Jackson
A Priest's Thoughts a poem by John O'Donnell
The Life of St Paul, the first Hermit by Desmond Boyle
The Lake District by Patrick Cassidy
Crystal Palace by John Pi ke
The Robin and the W ren by John Tierney
The Ostrich by Bernard Hughes
The Bee Hive by James Youdale
"The Golden Sword" a poem by Francis Walsh (later, Bishop Walsh ?)
Class Notes (2nd Form) by John Smith
Class Notes (1st Form) by Robin Griffin
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Today, we had an introductory retreat consisting of talks given by four of the fathers. This helped to put us in the right frame of mind with which to begin our studies on the next day.
We were privileged to receive a visit from the British ProvincialThe Very Reverend Father Howell. After giving us a short talk full of encouragement he had to leave us but he did not forget to give us the rest of the day off.
This was a memorable occasion, for the Captain and the Prefects were chosen on this day.
Since this is the feast of St.Theresa, patroness of the missions we were granted a holiday.
We began our annual retreat; and this year we were privileged to have as director of the retreat Father Stanley, a veteran missionary from Tanganyika. The inspiring talks that he gave us will surely be productive of much good during the course of the year.
We were especially honoured to have with us today, three Provincials, our own and those of Canada and America.
The first team won a resounding victory by defeating the village team 50.
We celebrated in a fitting manner the feast of St. Andrew firstly because he is the Patron of Scotland and secondly, because he is the patron saint of Father Superior. We began the day with Solemn High Mass and a concert in the evening brought the day's festivities to an end.
In accordance with the traditions of the Society, we gave to this day, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, under which title, Our Lady is the patroness of this missionary oongregation, the fullest possible solemnity. At High Mass and Benediction, the choir excelled themselves in the singing of the motets which they had prepared for the occasion.
We were privileged to have amongst us today His Lordship Bishop Walsh W F of Aberdeen. We all owe a great deal to Bishop Walsh since he is the founder of St.Columba's.
The end of the term is now in sight ; next week we begin our examinations which we intend to do well as a preparation for Christmas. In conclusion, we wish all our readers all the blessings of the Holy Season and trust that they will return from their holidays fortified and ready for another term of hard work
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SHORT HISTORY of ST. COLUMBA'S
by James Youdale and Patrick Cassidy
Taken from THE COLUMBAN - Christmas 1952
To Father Walsh (now Bishop Walsh of Aberdeen) and Father Drost was given the task of making the first foundation of the White Fathers in Scotland; a site had to be secured, plans had to be drawn up and a college had to be erected. In due time this was done and 1936 saw the result of their efforts, for in that year St Columba's College was ready for occupation.
The first fathers to take up residence in the College were: Fathers Marchant and Taylor; for a time, they lived in what is now the students' recreation room but which was, in those days, a chapel, refectory and living quarters combined. On the third of September 1936, the first Mass was celebrated. On September 14, the first student arrived and he was followed by ten more on the 25th of the same month.
The house was officially opened and blessed by His Lordship Bishop Roy of Bangweulu on November lst 1936. The Superior General of the Society visited it on April 13th 1937. Until 1939, the Superior of the College was the founder, Father Walsh, as he then was; however, as he had other important work to do the Superiors of the Society decided to release him from this charge and he was replaced by Father Stanley.
During the war years, the house beside being a Junior Seminary also became a house of Philosophy; and in September 1940, the college chapel was the scene of an ordination, when the Tonsure was conferred on the Philosophers. Incidentally, some of the fathers now on the staff here were included in that ordination.
In 1943 the Junior Seminarists were transferred elsewhere and the college was reserved for the Philosophers only. From 1945 to 1946, it served as a Noviciate; and from 1946 to 1948, it became again a house of Philosophy. In 1948 it reverted to its original purpose, that of serving as a Junior Seminary. The staff appointed for the house was as follows: Father Murphy (Superior), Father Boyd, Father Houlihan and Brother David; they are still with us except for Father Houlihan, who is now working on the missions.
Since then, St. Columba's has gone from strength to strength; it now has a lovely new chapel and at present another storey is being added to the original building. It now houses three times as many students as it did in 1936. We might add, too, that it serves as the Propaganda Centre for the whole of Scotland. The College therefore has a glorious history behind it; and we pray God to bless in the future as He has done so abundantly in the past.
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by Christopher McGuire
Taken from THE COLUMBAN - Christmas 1952
In the picturesque borders of Scotland, lying in the wooded valley of the River Tweed, stand the remains of the ancient abbey of Dryburgh. Until the so-called "Reformation"', it was the home of the Premonstratentions in Scotland.
History has it that this abbey was founded about the middle of the twelfth century by Hugo de Morville who brought a congregation of monks with him from England. After it had been completed it was dedicated to Our Blessed Lady. In 1322, it was burnt down by Edward I I when he was retreating from Scotland but it was rebuilt two years later at the behest of Robert the Bruce. From now on until the religious changes of the sixteenth century the monks were left in peace to devote their lives to the worship of God and to promote the good of the community by ministering to their needs both spiritual and temporal.
It did not escape the grasping hands of the reformers. The monks were driven away, its treasures were looted and its lands given to greedy nobles.
The abbey was, in fact given to the Earl of Mar by James VI I . Today, not very much of it remains, but what does gives one an idea of its magnificence when it was intact. Of the Church, only the western gable and a part of the choir are left. Most of the refectory still stands. It is said that the remains of James Stuart lie under the high altar. Also within the precincts of the abbey are the tombs of Sir Walter Scott and Earl Haig.
Surely, it is a remarkable coincidence to say the least that today there stands in the grounds of this monastery another religious foundation of the Church which was once proscribed. What can this be but a sign that the Church can never be destroyed; and who knows but that one day the monks may return to Dryburgh?
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DIARY OF THE TERM
by John Lilley
Taken from THE COLUMBAN - Summer 1953
This marked the date of our return to St.Columba's. Everyone looked very fit and well as a result of the Christmas holidays.
On this day, the parish of Galashiels celebrated the centenary of its foundation. The whole community assisted at the Solemn High Mass at which our choir sang.
Since this was the last day before Lent we were granted a holiday. The highlight of the day was the football match with the Scholasticate in the afternoon. We were beaten seven nil, but we enjoyed it in spite of our defeat.
We were honoured today by a visit from His Grace, Archbishop Bronsveldt, Archbishop of Tabora. He granted us a holiday which we received on the next day.
The feast of St Joseph. In the afternoon, we went to the Scholasticate for a return match with the scholastics. We had a more favourable result this time, for we managed to hold them to draw: 2-2.
Easter Sunday. During Holy Week, we had all the magnificent ceremonies of the Church for this period, carrying them out to the best of our ability; the climax came with the ceremony of the Paschal Vigil, at which we had a good congregation. We now look forward to the week's holiday which lies ahead of us.
Father Superior took us to Edinburgh to attend the Catholic Youth Rally in honour of the Coronation. We also used the occasion to visit the places of interest in the city.
Coronation Day, to which the whole country has been looking forward. Bad as the weather was, it did not stop our festivities and especially our prayers for the Queen. We were invited to take part in the village sports in which we won many prizes. We had three entries in the fancy dress parade in the evening, each of which received a prize; two firsts and a second. Most of the surrounding hills had bonfires on them, and we had one of our own.
The feast of Corpus Christi. We took part in the procession at Galashiels. We had our own procession on the following Sunday; many of the parishioners from Galashiels came to take part in it.
June I l th
Ordination Day. Today we went to assist at the ordinations to the priesthood of the twenty deacons from Monteviot. It was an inspiring and wonderful ceremony and made us look forward to our own ordinations. For us, as well as for the young priests, it marks the climax of the year.
In a short time, we shall be going home for our holidays. It has been a happy year and we thank God for it.
IN THE MEON VALLEY
by Richard Calcutt
Taken from The Pelican - Summer 1956, lent by Anthony McCaffrey
In past numbers of The Pelican the main emphasis when speaking of life at The Priory has been given either to work or that haven of rest, Galleydown. Tnis year has however seen a remarkable interest in walking, due no doubt to te bad weather and to the novelty of that form of recreation.
Strange as it may seem, little or nothing has ever been said about the picturesque and indeed interesting countryside we at Bishop's Waltham are fortunate to be surrounded by. Most walking expeditions from The Priory lead first of all to the old-world villages of Corhampton and Meonstoke, where can be seen Saxon churches, unique of their kind.
Here the rambler will provide himself with liquid refreshment for the next stage of his journey. There are three roads available.
That to East Meon, and that to Droxford dispute the field with a Northbound one that leads to nowhere. The first two named constitute a promenade along the Meon Valley which stretches for many miles through very beautiful countryside.
The road to Droxford is long, yet to the lover of nature only too short. Running parallel to the road is the River Meon which is well known round these parts for fishing.
The main interest of Droxford with its delightful Norman ("the Domesday") Church is the village's connection with that great author and thinker, Izaac Walton, who spent much of his spare time fishing in the,Meon"a silent silver stream." It was here that he received the inspiration for his book, "The Compleat Angler."
If the Western road from Corhampton is taken, the rambler will include in his walk no less interesting countryside. The Meon, still running parallel to the road, affords a delightful companion on the journey to West Meon. On the way one passes by the old villages of Exton and Warnford. West.Meon itself is of no particular beauty but if one's strength allows it, the village of East Meon is well worth a visit. It is a village remote and, unspoilt, set in lovely scenery. There are high downs all around with the exception of the North West through which tha waters of the Meon flow.
From Corhampton there is however a third road which takes the traveller through the really old parts of Hampshire. On all sides the lovely old lane is surrounded by high hills which all have some historical connection with the past. The highest of these is Old Winchester Hill where on the summit can still be seen the remains of a British camp. The lane however takes one on a detour of many miles, so it is advisable to return the same way as one came.
Hampshire is with few exceptions a county full of beauties, natural and of man's making; a county which is always worth a visit. It is to be hoped that now the outer crust has been pierced by the Students of the Priory in their quest of pleasure and knowledge, they will not allow their interest to dwindle, and the history of Hampshire to remain for them a closed book.
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OLD BOYS' CORNER Frae the Airts An' Pairts
by Anonagle Form I I
Taken from The Pelican - Summer 1956, lent by Anthony McCaffrey
Since the last issue of This Paper we have received little news of our old boys, and would welcome more.
We have however the sorrow of announcing the death on active service in Cyprus of Joseph McManus who was serving with the RAF. after finishing with credit in 1954 his course at The Priory.
Joseph was well-liked by his fellow students and had kept faithfully in touch with one or -other of them since his departure. His loss is felt by us all, and we expressed our sympathy in the best possible way by joining in prayer at a Requiem Mass as soon as the news reached us that he had met his death. May he rest in peace.
Charles Mansfield who was with us until the war years when he left North Africa to pursue a lay career has sent us news of his fortunes. He would appear to be not only a main prop of the business which benefits by his organising ability . . . a London firm of repute where the mere mention of "Mr Mansfield" opens doors and summons bowing flunkeys from loft to basement . . . where incidentally Mr M. presides in his own department. He writes: "Married the best girl in the world ... four little children . . . more work when I get home; peace when they go to bed . . . P.P. asked me to be Master of Ceremonies in the Church and has regretted it ever since." So if we may pass judgment on Mr Mansfield we would conclude to a continued high level of versatility. We look forward to an invasion of The Priory by the family.
We were very happy to see back among us Mr Peter Ford who graced these premises from 1922-'27, when he came South on holiday.
News has reached us that Martin Hickey (1950-'52) is now working in Eire as a garage salesman, and that Patrick O'Neil (1946-'53) has applied for entryto St Mary's Training College for teachers, Strawberry Hill.
To these and to all our "old boys" we send greetings and good wishes and exhort them to avail themselves of our columns to show us they are enjoying life, making their way in life with credit, and not forgetting all the literary tricks they picked up while here. It is not a question of their finding a topic that would interest us. Anything they care to write about concerning their life at present or their experiences in the past will be most welcome and will provide a happy substitute for these notes in the third person.
|Charles Mansfield||18 Colenso Road, Seven Kings, Ilford|
|Peter Ford||8 Sherwood Close, Salford 5|
|Michael Ryan||8 Swiss Road, Elm Park, Liverpool 6|
|Martin Hickey||Culban, Millstreet, Co. Cork|
|Patrick O'Neill||52 West Glebe Road, Corby, Northants|