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December 26th 2010

02:39:26 PM
 

Tom Canning

Wishing all White Fathers Members and Ex White Fathers may God keep you and and watch over you through 2011, God bless Tom, (Broome Hall 1967)

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December 25th 2010

10:01:24 PM
 
john fleming
 
Wishing all of you the best. Happiness and joy be yours I pray in "faragmentary and varied fashion". Gods's to u and a wee bit via me fellow ex-WFtypes

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December 25th 2010

11:48:46 AM
 

Olivia O'Dolan

 
TO ALL OUR PELICAN FAMILY AT HOME OR ABROAD WE HERE AT BELCOO NEAR BLACKLION WOULD LIKE TO WISH EVERYONE A HOLY AND PEACEFULL CHRISTMAS. LOTS OF BEST WISHES FOR NEW YEAR 2011. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU. MAIREAD,CHARLIE AND OLIVIA O'DOLAN.

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December 25th 2010
05:11:53 AM
 
Peter Prof McMurray
 
Seasons Greetings one and all. Believe it or not whilst you in Blighty are freezing those of us at the centre of the universe aka Tasmania are wondering when the rain will stop as we have just had 8 years of drought and now dams and tanks are full but it keeps on going. On the personal front an exciting fortnight as the jolly old pacemaker went on strike so a quick dive into hospital for another. Have you ever tried to prune two metre high tomatoes with one wing clipped. Most difficult but the first fruit reddened overnight so I must have something right.

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December 24th 2010

05:54:16 PM
 

Eric Creaney

 
Happy Christmas and a Guid New Year to all the Pelicans - from the frozen North.

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December 22nd 2010

06:37:17 PM
 
chris benton
 
Xmas greetings and Happy New Year to all Pelicans & Families Chris Benton

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December 18th 2010

07:40:19 PM
 

Robbie Dempsey

 
BBC Radio 4. 11.30-Sat-18-Dec-2010 "From Our Own Correspondent" Algeria is very much part of the Muslim world. But among the landmarks of its capital, Algiers is a fine imposing church. A cathedral, called "Our Lady of Africa", stands high above the Mediterranean -- the sun gleaming on its silver dome... The church has been undergoing years of much-needed renovation work. And Chloe Arnold was there to see the re-opening of the building which....all through Algeria's recent troubles....stood as a symbol of harmony between Islam and Christianity. checkout: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/9294593.stm

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November 15th 2010

06:59:17 PM
 

Jim Connelly

 
A couple of week ago a "readers" letter was published in the "Universe" stating that a floursh of vocations to the Priesthood and Religeous life is occurring in those Countries where priests regularly wear the black cassock, black suit and clerical collar and where appropiate the habit of their order or institution. In other words they are visibly seen to be what they are - Ambassadors of Christ. In the Western World where there is a lack of vocations it is a rare occurrence to see anyone who could be identified as a priest or religeous (e.g. Nuns) walking the streets. A prime example is "The White Fathers" who are rarely seen in clerical garb or indeed their distinctive habit. Take ,for example, the photograph of the Superior General and his Assistants all dressed in lay clothing looking like a meeting of business men rather than an identifiable group of priests and more to the point a group of White Fathers. Are my views and those of the letters correspondent (Universe) old fashioned or should we see a resurgence of the visible promotion of our Catholic faith.

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November 11th 2010
09:04:05 AM
 

Michael Gallagher

 
For those of you who still have your copy of the LIBER USUALIS, I watched a good program on SKY Anytime last night and it is available for the next few days – it is all about early Church Music and how Musical Notation came to be written in the form that it is in – it is…………….. AVAILABLE TODAY ON ENTERTAINMENT Howard Goodall's Big Bangs 50 minutes, available Wed 10 Nov - Mon 15 Nov New. Notation: Howard's journey into early forms of musical notation leads him to Italian monk Guido of Arezzo, who pioneered today's conventional musical notation 1,000 years ago.

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November 7th 2010

07:48:32 PM
 

Patrick Rice

 
A Memorial Mass was held in Dundee on Saturday 6th of November to celebrate the life of Charlie McLaren who died recently in Brisbane Australia. While the event was tinged with sadness it was to celebrate a life lived well. His wife Jan had written a eulogy and in it she says he was intelligent, he was modest, he was honest and he was sincere. , those of us who knew Charlie would echo these sentiments. The mass was concelebrated by Monsignor Hugh McInally and Fr. Pat Shanahan WF and attended by Charlie s family and friends and included Eric Creaney, Manus Maguire and myself. Eric had created an album of photographs taken of Charlie at various times at St. Boswells and the Priory which he gave to the family after the ceremony and this was very much appreciated by them.

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November 7th 2010
03:49:29 PM
 

John Paul Larkins

Got an e-mail from Eric Creaney to wish me a happy birthday but also included the news of my dear friend Charlis McLaren. He was my "Headers partner" one tough guy. He visited my home during the holidays and we went to Parkhead to see a Celtic game together. I remember being right beside him on the football pitch when I heard that big "Crack" as he broke his leg. Such a pity that we were never able to hook up again in life. We all used to meet up in London on way back to school. The Glasgow boys arrived at Euston on the overnight train and we walked to Kings Cross to meet the Edinburgh boys. We spent a day in London usually at the Baths in Westminster then a movie in Leicester Square. God Rest your soul, Charlie!! John "Skelf" Larkins

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November 7th 2010
12:14:06 AM
 
gerard lenaghan
 
I was travelling in Scotland last Tuesday, 2nd November, up the west coast in Ayrshire. About to return to Newcastle down the M74/M6 to Carlisle and across, I was at the last minute summoned to Edinburgh and so returned south much later than expected down the A68. I can't drive through St Boswell's without calling in, however late, and so the dog had a 'wee' stop at St Columba's. Standing on the rugby field with the college illuminated in the moonlight, it struck me there and then that it was 47 years to the day that I had stood there as a boy watching the school burn. Standing there in the darkness with the silhouette of St Columba's before me transported me back all those years. I was a time traveller looking back at the past and could see myself tucked up in bed in Jedburgh dormitory. Weird! Jumped back in the car and headed for Newcastle.

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November 6th 2010
02:02:44 PM
 
Patrick Gibbons
 
I was so sorry to hear of Charlie's death.We were great friends and visited each others homes during the holidays. He came to visit me when he joined the RAF and then we lost touch I tried to contact him through the RAF, but to no avail. He was a lovely guy and I have many fond memories of our time with the WFs. I am so sorry that I can'tmake it to the memorial service.

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November 6th 2010

01:51:34 AM
 

Mike Mearns

 
I am saddened to hear of Charlie McLaren's death. One of the best gone too soon. We started together at St Columba's in September 1953. He was probably the toughest guy, pound for pound, I ever met. We practised putting the shot and throwing the discus together at the Priory and dug out a few tree stumps together on the Burma Road. That was until Paul Moody put an end to it because of broken pick axe handles! Uncompromising central defender, very hard worker and a good friend. Farewell. Charlie disappeared off my map in 1961 and the word was that he joined the RAF and was trained as a Mandarin language expert Was this so? If anybody has any info about Charlie, I'm sure many would enjoy hearing his story. Best regards to all. MIKE.

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November 4th 2010

10:22:22 PM

Eric Creaney

 
So sad to hear about Charlie Mac after having searched for him for years. I shall be at the Memorial along with Patrick Shanahan and Pat Rice and the family would greatly appreciate attendance by any other Pelicans. I have two single beds available in Gartcosh on Friday night if anyone needs accommodation and a lift to Dundee on Saturday morning and one bed on Saturday night (Patrick will be overnighting with me Saturday). I shall get Patrick to offer a Mass on behalf of all of us who knew Charlie and gained so much from his friendship.

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November 2nd 2010
09:05:11 PM
 

Paul West

A lot of people who knew Charlie Maclaren will be sad to hear of his death. He was liked by all who knew him at St Columba's and The Priory. What a nice guy he was! Thanks, Danny, for letting us know. Hopefully, some of his friends will be able to attend the Memorial Service on Saturday
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November 2nd 2010
09:22:09 AM
 
Michael Gallagher
 
Around this time on 2nd November 1963 all of us who were at St Columba's on that day were standing at the edge of the football pitch watching the whole place being enveloped in flames. Hello to everyone who was there on that day

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November 1st 2010

09:12:31 PM
 

Danny O'Hagan

 
Had phone calls from Pat Rice, Manus and Chris McGuire telling me that Charlie McLaren had died in Australia a couple of weeks ago. A Memorial Mass is to be held in St Joseph's, Dundee on Saturday at 11am. Pat Shanahan hopes to be home from Africato concelebrate. Won't be able to manage unfortunately but I'm sure the family would welcome any Pelicans able to attend.

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October 26th 2010

07:19:58 PM
 
kevin mcmanemy
 
just found your web graet to be able to bring back some names from the past recalling agood time 1952 53 ST Colombas

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October 22nd 2010

06:15:39 PM
 

Mary Callaghan

 
The first anniversary of Vincent Callaghan's death will be on 30th October 2010. May and family wish to thank all the White Fathers, Pelicans and friends who offered support during his illness and condolences after his death. Mass will be offered in thanksgiving to all. Love and Prayers Mary Callaghan marycallaghan87@yahoo.co.uk

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October 4th 2010

01:14:04 PM

Michael Gallagher

 
CD MEMORIES I want to make you all aware that whatever share of the final amount of money raised that will be going to Fr s Terry Madden and Frank Barnes in Africa has to be with the WF Treasurer in Dublin before the end of October in order that they receive the money in time for Christmas so can I encourage as many of you as possible who are considering buying the CD to do so in the next 2/3 weeks so that the money can be got to Fr Neil Loughrey the Treasurer in Cypress Grove, Dublin well before the deadline. By routing the money through the White Fathers in Dublin THEY get a tax kick-back so it is a win-win situation for both the 3 Priests and the White Fathers. Remember fellow Pelicans that these 3 Priests all attended St Columbas College and Terry and Richard both attended the Priory as a lot of us who contribute to the Website did many years ago. The fund to be split 3 ways currently stands at approx EURO420. Let's show them what a generous lot the Pelicans are!! Thanks

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October 1st 2010

04:10:44 PM
 

Olivia O'Dolan

 
I wish to let all the Pelican family know that I bought a copy of Michael Gallagher and Rosie McArt's CD. It is most enjoyable and I would highly recomend people to buy a copy to help raise funds for these missionaries working with the poor. It would make a lovey birthday gift / Christmas present. God bless all Pelican family. O.O'Dolan.

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September 30th 2010
02:36:45 PM
 

Paul West

I have been asked for contact details of Patrick Joseph McCarthy who attended The Priory in 1935. He originally came from the diocese of Cork. If you have any knowledge of Patrick, I'd be grateful if you would contact me asap. (Many thanks). AND, as someone who has listened to the cd described below, I'd heartily endorse everything that John says about it. Excellente!

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September 30th 2010

08:28:10 AM
 

John Docherty

 
I would encourage you all to check out the CD recently recorded by Michael Gallagher and Rosie McArt to help raise funds for Frank Barnes and Terry Madden. As well as raising money for a very good cause you will also get a great CD. Rosie has a crystal clear voice and the CD has been very professionally produced. A bargain! I was at St. Columba's, Danby Hall and The Priory with these lads sometime in the last millenium. Good luck to you all. If anyone is interrested in what I did for my holidays this year they could have a look at www.justgiving.com/John-Jan John

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September 27th 2010

01:07:10 PM

Mary Brennan

 
Hello, just discovered website by accident. The names Frs John Slinger and Ian Buckmaster jumped out at me. I wonder do either of these priests remember their trips to Glangevlin Technical School when studying in Blacklion to try and impart Religious Instruction. to a not very receptive teenage audience.This took place in the late 60s.

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September 16th 2010

08:34:48 PM
 

Ian Scott

 
I am another fan of the CD "Memories". It really is very good listening and a worth while and pleasant way to support the priests who wil benefit from the sales. Try it - in the unlikely event you don't like it yourself you will certainly know some one who will enthuse about it!

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September 12th 2010
11:54:53 AM
 

Tony Smyth

 
For those that have not yet followed up on Mike Gallagher's appeal (Appeals: A musical fundraiser from Michael Gallagher and Rosie McArt.) might I suggest you take a look at it. I have made a donation and received the CD and find, not only is the cause worthwhile (I was at Holland Villas with Frank, Richard & Terry and The Priory with Richard & Terry) but the CD is an excellent listen. Eleven tracks of ballads, country and traditional songs. Very well worth looking into. I agree with Mike Byrne (below) and would like to thank Peter (Abbot Cuthbert) Johnson for his hospitality over the weekend of Sept 4/5 at Oulton Abbey. It was wonderful seeing so many 'old' faces again in such a pleasant and relaxing setting. Thank you. -Tony

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September 10th 2010

04:38:54 PM
 
Mike Byrne
 
Well done Paul for getting the website up and running again. I don't know how many of you know this, but Paul funds the operation from his own wallet (so less of the complaints about advertising content please)! Paul, you are a saint, and I think I shall email the pope and ask that you are canonised instead of Cardinal Newman! Oh and while I'm here..........thank you to Peter Johnson for his wonderful hospitality at Oulton Abbey on September 4th. There never was a better host. Peter, I would like to make a gift to the sisters, could you tell me who to make the cheque payable to? Mike Byrne

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September 6th 2010

09:43:01 PM
 

John Docherty

 
On the Danby Hall page I think the unnamed boy in the first photograph may be Gerald Davies, but it's been a very long time. Gerald and I were also at St. Columbas in 1962.

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September 3rd 2010
03:15:08 PM
 

Tom Canning

I have been looking at the WF burial plot photos, and note a lot of names I new when I was at Broomhall in 1967. I was looking for my Postulant Master at the time,Fr VanSpandonk.Has anyone any information as to when he died and where he is buried? Regards Tom

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August 19th 2010
11:40:45 AM
 

Paul Farrell

 
TOTTERIDGE. Those of you who were at Totteridge may be interested in an article about the decline of the place in the August edition of the wonderful magazine 'The Oldie'. The White Fathers are mentioned but if you have fond memories Totteridge you will be sad to learn of it's current state.

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August 17th 2010

08:27:36 AM
 

Michael Gallagher

 
I would just like to formally thank Paul West for promoting the fundraising CD that a friend of mine Rosie McArt and myself have just recorded. I would also like to thank Robbie Dempsey for his enthusiasm when I first mentioned this project to him. Paul has given us a page in the Appeals section of the Website for which we are extremely grateful. The money paid by any of you reading this who choose to buy the CD is going into a fund which will then be distributed to Frs Terry Madden, Richard Sloan and Frank Barnes whom I first met at St Columbas in September 1963. I would ask for your support for this project and if there are any Birthdays around the corner or with Christmas only a few months away perhaps some of you might consider buying the CD as a present to give to friends or family knowing that the money paid will go to 3 priests who in turn will put the money to good use. Thank you in advance for your support.

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August 10th 2010

07:11:15 AM
 

Gail Thomson

 
Loking for some information on my mothers cousin Father Owen McGhee who was a White Father Missionary. Born, i believe, in Aughyarron County Tyrone, and had a brother Moses. I am unsure of date of birth or death, but I do know that he married my parents in 1960. Sketchy info i know, but any help greatly appreciated.

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August 5th 2010

10:06:27 AM
 

Paul West

 
In early June, Dermot Gallagher was in touch. If you remember him, his details are in the CONTACTS section. He writes :

“Hi Paul,
just been on the pelicans site and find it quite interesting, I am an ex student of the white fathers. I was a student from 1971 to 1977 and spent the years of 1974 to1977 in st edwards college. I notice it is necessary to have a user name and password to gain access to all areas. I wonder could you please help me with this.
thanking you.
Dermot Gallagher”.

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July 29th 2010

01:49:24 PM
 

Paul West

CEDRIC POLLARD recently wrote "I was at St Columba's, The Priory & St John's College from 1961-8 onwards. I drove back through Bishops Waltham today and found a housing complex called The Priory where I used to go to school! I was not entirely surprised because I have looked at The Pelicans site previous but I decided I would be happy to share my contact details. There are quite a few names I remember who I would be interested in how their life panned out." Cedric's details are now in the CONTACTS section.

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July 27th 2010

03:12:46 PM
 

Maurice

 
Adrian Smith was instrumental in starting the World Development Movement. Here is a link to their report on how banks are contributing to volatility in food prices, hurting consumers and producers. http://www.wdm.org.uk/sites/default/files/hunger%20lottery%20report_6.10.pdf

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July 22nd 2010
06:33:42 PM
 

Keith Lawson

 
I hear that the British/Irish Provincial post is abolished and several EU countries have a combined single Provincial. Also that a Ghanain WF is now the Superior General. Does anyone have any details please?

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July 18th 2010
01:30:57 PM
 

John Morton

 
I attended Tony Guilfoyle's Ordination to the Priesthood yesterday at Clifton Cathederal, Bristol. It was a wonderfully joyous occasion with over 50 priests and various religious present. He will be working in the Holy Rood Parish in Swindon. Please remember him in your prayers. Photos and a short video will be put on the Site in due course. John.
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July 18th 2010

11:41:41 AM
 

John Byrne

 
Hi everyone. If anyone was in Blacklion 1965 - 67, Broome Hall 1967 - 68, or Totteridge 1968 - 72, they will certainly have very good memories of Father JOHN SLINGER. John is on leave from his parish in Niarobi at the moment, and has some to Dublin to spend time with Father Ian Buckmaster, Delegate Superior in Ireland. I had the genuine pleasure of studying for a while with both John and Ian, and last evening passed a very enjoyable and informative few hours with them both. John asked me to convey his best wishes to anyone who would have known him - so this is it!!!!! He's the same genuine, dedicated man he always was, but he hasn't lost that infectious sense of fun - Thank God.

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July 14th 2010
10:31:47 PM
 
Paul West
 
I inadvertently corrupted the password system for the CONTACTS section.This is now working properly.

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July 13th 2010

08:22:19 PM
 

Derek Biewer

 
ORIGINALLY POSTED 7th May: Latest confirmation is that Tony Guilfoyle is to be ordained @ Clifton Cathedral, Bristol on Sat 17 July. He was in my year, 1949, so we are intending to go. we wish him well

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July 13th 2010

08:13:53 PM
 

John Morton

 
ORIGINALLY POSTED 24th June: I have had a message from Tony regarding his Ordination taking place at Clifton Cathederal, Bristol, on 17th July at 11.00am. Any Pelicans wishing to attend would be most welcome! Margaret and I will attend to represent the Pelicans. Hoping to have a chat with Tony after the ceremony. It is a very unique occasion and it would be lovely if a few Pelicans could undertake the Trip! No tickets are required.

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July 9th 2010

08:57:31 PM
 
Tom Canning
 
Hello, to all, this is a long shoot but has anyone a photo of the group taken at the Clothing day at Broomehall October 1967. I was there but I was saying goodby to my parents when it was taken and missed being in it. Could any one let me know if there is any gatherings in Scotland/Rutherglen this year? Regards to all Tom

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July 6th 2010

12:25:20 PM
 

Robbie Dempsey

 
Hi Paul, I don't know if anyone's interested in more than 2 or 3 from this bunch of pics, but you may take whichever you would like from here: http://www.mee.tcd.ie/~rdempsey/Melrose2010/index.html With all best wishes for a sunny summer. Robbie.

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July 4th 2010

11:58:54 PM
 

Jim Connelly

 
Page 377 of the gallery. Some of the staff can be identified in the photo of the staff and philosophers of Blacklion. Far left is Fr Joe Mullen (Blacklion philosopher 1959-61). Next to Fr Maguire to his left could be Fr McComiskey. On the far right is Fr Maurice Cunningham ( Blacklion philosopher (1959-61) and next to him Fr Eugene Lewis

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July 2nd 2010

09:13:46 PM
 

Celia Bermingham

 
Fr Jack Maquire is 5th from the left wearing the habit.........Blacklion '67 and 1st on left in photo with 2 priests in habit, one in clerical dress and then 2 in habits..........also Blacklion but with nodate

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July 1st 2010

09:32:57 AM
 

Paul West

 
The Chairmen of the Broome Hall Residents Association—Greg Phillpotts who lives with his wife in 'The Clock House'— has outstanding mail addressed to Lawrence McFadden, Helmut Beine and William O'Neill. Are you in contact with any of these people? If so, please let me know asap. (As far as I know, the mail does not include cheques for vast sums of prize money won on the Premium Bonds/ Lottery).

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June 25th 2010

09:04:08 PM
 

Tony Visocchi

 
If any one from St Columbas '52-'54, the Priory '54-56 student or staff felt your ears ringing a couple weeks ago, it's because Mike Goodstadt and his wife Tina, and your truly and wife Mary Ann met in a lakeside country inn in the New York Finger Lakes area for a few days. We bored our wives with our stories of the good, the bad and the beautiful. Mike came down from Toronto where is prof of psych at the University and we travelled up from New Jersey where we are retired and loving it. If you plan to come to NJ there's always room here in Summit. cheers Tony Visocchi

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June 24th 2010

01:40:32 PM
 
John Morton
 
I have had a message from Tony regarding his Ordination taking place at Clifton Cathederal, Bristol, on 17th July at 1100am. Any Pelicans wishing to attend would be most welcome! Margaret and I will attend to represent the Pelicans. Hoping to have a chat with Tony after the ceremony. It is a very unique occasion and it would be lovely if a few Pelicans could undertake the Trip! No tickets are required.

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June 24th 2010

01:36:43 PM
 

Paul West

 
Patricia Hawkins de Medina sent me the following reminder: By the way, the "Blacklion's Got Talent" (yes!!!) has been under way for the second year running, and the final heat is this Friday night in one of the Blacklion pubs. Should be fun and we are going over to see it. Here's the website http://www.photosofblacklion.net/blacklionsgottalent/

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June 4th 2010

11:06:05 PM
 
chris benton
 
I have received a number of messages from Pelicans who had the privilege of knowing Christine. I trust they will not be offended if I respond via the website. First of all both disance and the short notice combined to prevent most Pelicans from attending and I know Christine's family understood this. I did convey expressions of sympathy I have personally received and also the condolences of all Pelicans. As many of you will be aware, Josie and I visit St Boswells at least one weekend every year. It was in 1983 on such a visit that I discovered from Brian McGowan the caretaker at what is now Tweed Horizons that Christine was not only alive and well but was still (at 76 years of age) extremely active in numerous roles- Eucharistic Minister ( serving the Borders Hospital at Melrose until she was 96) and as a parish councillor ( who in this role, incidentally, was strongly influential in ensuring that the exterior of St Columba's retained is original features and appearance).to mention two. Needless to say,Josie and I made a point of visiting her on that occasion and on each of our succeeding weekend visits. One of Christine's most endearing qualities was her unassuming manner. Whoever the person- whatever the subject, she was never judgemental. St Francis exhorted his followers '................. go out and preach the Gospel- use words if necessary..............'. I can think of no more apt description of this wonderful person who acted the gospel and who, tirelessly and selflessly, dedicated herself to the needs of others because she fully understood (and acted, throughout her long life accordingly) the simple message from Christ ' Love one another as I have loved you'. While she will be sorely missed and we mourn her passing, her Requiem fully reflected the greater emphasis deservedly placed on celebrating her life. Regards & Godbless, Chris ps I will send Paul a copy of the funeral service and he will place on the site soon as.

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May 31st 2010

08:45:43 PM
 
chris benton
 
1930 hrs 31/05/10: Just had a call from Marie (Mrs Hughes' daughter). Christine's Requiem will take place at High Cross church in Melrose next Thurs (3rd June). Josie and I will attend and Marie has asked me tell you all Pelicans will be most welcome.

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May 31st 2010

02:19:59 PM
 

Paul West

 
Chris Benton heard today that Mrs Christine Hughes passed away last night. Christine will be fondly remembered by countless people who started life with the White Fathers at St Columba's, where she worked for many years. She was cook to both students and staff, and also looked after the laundry until the seminary closed in 1963. Christine celebrated her 101st birthday last December—her long life due to being so busy, no doubt! (Some of this good work is described in the website's NEWS section). Her son and daughter, Bernard and Marie, will be in touch regarding arrangements for Christine's funeral and we will keep you informed in good time, in case you would like to attend.

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May 20th 2010

03:55:21 PM
 

Robbie Dempsey

 
I just want to state here that John Byrne has been incredibly supportive of Fr. Eugene Lewis time and time again over the last few weeks. He had to rearrange his work (and time-out) plans at very short notice whilst away in France, and hurry home early to attend Omagh Court as a character witness. It was John who put out the alert for statements and collected these for Eugene's solicitor. My own part in this was miniscule. John has done what he felt was his duty to Truth and Justice - the outcome is not in his hands. If I may, I just wanted to thank him on behalf of the Pelicans.

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May 16th 2010

08:44:44 PM
 

Maurice

 
Here's a sign of the times: HOUSE MANAGER required by the Missionaries of Africa (The White Fathers) for a new community residence in Northfi elds, West London. • To oversee the smooth daily running of the house and supervise the work of the cooks and cleaning/laundry staff. • To maintain the day-to-day accounts. • To meet and greet visitors and answer the telephone. 27-30 hours per week. £13-£15 per hour depending on experience. To apply or obtain full job description contact: sarah-wood@btconnect.com Closing date 29 May 2010

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May 13th 2010
03:38:42 PM
 
Mike Ashe
 
I was at Danby Hall 1966 and have posted on here before. Just sending this message as I have a new E-mail address. I would love to hear from anyone who was at Danby. Please see photo in Danby Hall page in HOUSES OF STUDY. Regards Mike

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May 7th 2010
09:22:11 PM

derek biewer
 
Latest confirmation is that Tony Guilfoyle is to be ordained @ Clifton Cathedral, Bristol on Sat 17 July. He was in my year, 1949, so we are intending to go. we wish him well

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May 7th 2010
10:08:14 AM
 
Eric Creaney
 
I'm meeting John and Carole Fowles on Saturday at 11.00 am (8th May) in the Edinburgh Airport Park and Ride terminus and taking them down round the St. Boswell's area. If anybody wants to meet them there before we head off they would be most welcome — maybe even follow on with us! Eric.

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May 5th 2010
04:15:02 PM
 
peter vale-humphreys
 
Update on the hospital treatment for the shoulder/scapula. The worry was the space or hole in the bone. This may have been there some time and the cause not necessarily the fall at tennis a fortnight ago. Anyway, the Orthopaedic Hospital in B'ham is the right place to be for the ongoing treatment and as now the investigations. I have had more x-rays and the results are positive with a complete body scan to follow in a few days. Blood samples taken so awaiting results here, too. Surgeon/specialist is pleased so far. As you can imagine it is no fun waiting and waiting but that is the way it is. I saw more horrific injuries in younger folk which was so upsetting to see but my case in serious to me and I want to be around and fit for some time to come. Please keep saying a few prayers for me as I am sure it helps.

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May 3rd 2010

05:34:34 AM
 
peter vale-humphreys
 
Just when you thought I was quiet! Well, I have injured my shoulder - a break, and have to go to Northfield Orthopaedic Hospital tomorrow 4th May. I hope I come through it all and would ask for your prayers in this regard. How it happened? Well, as usual trying to play tennis like I used to be able to do...a ball kicked up awkward, I went for it and slipped, fell to the ground and crunched my shoulder. It has fractured my scapula of alll things. The outside of the arm/shoulder is in one piece but the scapula isn't! My full 14 stone is responsible for the seriousness of the fall! My first break so a learning curve for all what is about o occur. God bless everyone and don't forget those prayers, OK? Edith is not only a wonderful wife but now a magnificent nurse!

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May 3rd 2010

03:16:42 AM
 

John Larkins

 
Eric Creaney and I, his wife and MaryJo had a lovely lunch together at Newark Airport on his way back to Scotland. Remarkable two reunions within 2 weeks that took 52 years to accomplish.

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April 27th 2010

05:31:53 PM
 

Keith Lawson

 
On 25 April had a day out from Belfast (visiting a friend) and drove to Blacklion. Drove up to the prison gates at St.Augustines in its new guise and took a couple of minutes to get orientated. There are several additional buildings. Also my last time there was 1960 when the college building was still white, but it is now very grey with age. Eventually I recognised the old place. We then went to a celebrity chef restauraunt in Blacklion (Sunday lunch 39 euros(!). How things have changed in Blacklion. Best wishes to all. Keith Lawson

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April 25th 2010

03:07:56 AM

Peter Prof McMurray

 
Hi from the centre of the universe aka Lilydale Tasmania. Days shorten but the sun still shines although no tomatoes this year following a sequence of events ranging from greenhouse destroying storms to sundry illness :-) Remember those heady days when one rode a bicycle frame down the paddock out onto Devil's Slide at St Columba's. Ah! then one was immortal All is back on track and I had a great FREE VIDEO Call with Bill Nimmo-Scott who is off on another mind (waist) expanding tour of Italy - luckily Icelandic dust does not stop the Chunnel. Anyone who had not tried Skype should give it a burn. Best wishes all Prof

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April 24th 2010

04:40:46 PM

John Larkins

 
Poor Eric Creaney got stranded in the USA by the volcanic ash. Rescheduled to fly home tomorrow Sunday 25th? We plan to meet in Newark at about 1pm. Hope to be able to post some pictures thereafter. What a great two weeks reliving that unique experience that helped to mould us all.

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April 22nd 2010

02:54:27 PM

Thomas Hillas

 
Hello to everyone. Having discovered the Pelicans web site I've seen names which bring back a host of memories. Some of you may even remember me from St Columba's 1961-63; Bishops Waltham 63-67; Blacklion 68-69; Uganda as a stagiaire before le stage existed 69-71; Fribourg 72-73; Vanier 73-74; Strasbourg 74-77; then as WF in Tunisia, Sudan, Rome, Tunisia. Left WFs in 2006 and now happily married in UK. If any one is interested in getting in touch I'd be really happy to hear from you. Thomas

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April 19th 2010

02:08:10 PM

Mike Ellis

 
I am pleased to tell you all that following some research carried out by Peter Johnson and myself - we have been able to locate Raymond Lockey who is back in contact. I hope our peers from 1959-1962 at St Columba's will be pleased to hear this news! Best regards, Mike

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April 6th 2010
01:44:46 AM

John Paul Larkins

 
Double delight. Eric Creaney en route to Virginia, USA hoping to see him on his lay over at Newark Airport on 20th.

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April 5th 2010

12:48:22 AM
 
John Larkins
 
What a wonderful Easter. I just spent a few hours with Danny O'hagan who is visiting his daughter in New York. Haven't seen each other since 1958.

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April 4th 2010

06:54:07 PM
 

John Fleming

 
Easter always holds a few moments when I recall the time studying at the MIL from oak lodge before heading off to Fribourg. The celebrations of Holy Week and Easter were always very special in Totteridge. Thinking of everyone connected to the society, past and present, today. John

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April 4th 2010
10:48:07 AM
 
peter and edith vale-humphreys
 
Happy Easter everyone. We are just back from Hong Kong and China, having visited the Terracota Army in Xi'an. What a trip! Organised by Wing On, it was the best trip I have ever been on. Seeing such history and also the modern day developements in China itself is a 9th Wonder of the world. I think so anyway. Crazy drivers in China but I guess standards have dropped the world over.
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March 30th 2010

08:00:51 PM
 

John Byrne

 
I spent a couple of hours with Fr. Eugene Lewis in Templeogue this afternoon. Those of us who studied in Blacklion in the 1960's and in Templeogue in the early 1970's will no doubt have our own memories of him. As previously posted on the Message Board, Fr. Lewis is to face trial on 19th April in Northern Ireland on charges of several counts of sexual abuse . Having spoken at length with him it is very obvious that he was not involved in any such conduct, and he will robustly defend himself. However, bearing in mind the scandals relating to child abuse which are rocking the Church, especially in Ireland, as well as collusion on the part of his accusers, he needs all the support we can give. He has expressed the wish that as many former students as possible who would have known him, and who would be willing to make statements as to his good character should do so as soon as possible. If anyone is willing to assist Fr. Lewis in this regard please let me know.

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March 30th 2010

05:46:42 PM
 

Peter Finn

 
As you may know a recent decision by the High Court supported the Leeds adoption agency, Catholic Care, in its argument to be exempted from Sexual Orientation regulations banning their refusal to place children with homosexual couples. This victory is especially welcome, but may only be temporary. As Catholics we need the entire orthodox Christian community to sign the related No10 petition, supporting an ammendment to the Equality Bill which will allow adoption with a genuine Catholic ethos to continue. We need a million signatures from within the UK by April 12th. Please pray, sign the petition and forward to all your friends who you trust to do the same. http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/AdoptionChoice/

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March 26th 2010

05:22:35 PM

Patrick Gibbons
I have just received a letter from Fr John Slinger in Nairobi thanking us for the £300 we sent to him. He says it takes a little while for monies to pass through WF channels. He says the money is a great help and we know it will be put to good use. If you have any spare pennies, the Missions can use them. Happy Easter to one and all. Patrick Pelican Treasurer

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March 12th 2010

05:28:38 PM
 

Paul West

 
Patricia sent me the following message today : " Just a note to let you all ex-Blacklion people know that this year on 17th March Blacklion is having the FIRST EVER St. Patrick's Parade in the village's history. Looks like it will be a fun day. Money will be raised via the event for Haiti. "

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March 11th 2010

10:33:04 AM
 

Alistair Clark

 
From 1975 to 1977 I was a VSO volunteer in Wa, Ghana, where Mike Gallagher of the White Fathers was a good friend. See my photos at http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/alistair99/197577Ghana#. Can anyone put me in touch with Mike now? Dr. Alistair Clark, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of the West of England, Bristol, BS16 1QY, England. tel: +44 (0) 117 328 3134 e-mail: Alistair.Clark@uwe.ac.uk http://www.cems.uwe.ac.uk/~arclark/

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March 6th 2010
05:59:10 PM
 

John Morto
I have just received confirmation that Tony Guilfoyle will be ordained to the Priesthood at 11.00am at Clifton (Bristol) Cathedral on 17thJuly this year. Given Tony's interesting road to the Priesthood this is a very momentous occasion!

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March 3rd 2010

02:14:46 PM
 

Chris: Just to set the record straight (and no, I am not a member of the NSS), they are not objecting to the Pope's visit, but to the State funding of that visit. Big difference. I am sure the Pope is free to visit any country he wishes, at his expense. From the NSS website: ""The NSS’s 25,000 signature petition objecting to the state-funding of the Pope’s visit to Britain will be delivered to Number 10 Downing Street by a delegation of supporters" Regards, Patricia

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March 2nd 2010

06:39:31 P

Keith Lawson

  In reply to Chris Benton's e-mail below, the photo of Fr.Louis Blondel can be found on page 257 of the Gallery. Louis is kneeling on the left of the front row.

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March 2nd 2010
12:10:35 PM
 

Chris Benton


Dear All You may have heard about this from your local newsletter but I will pass it on:- PAPAL VISIT During the recent Ad Limina Visit, the Holy Father announced his forthcoming trip to the UK, possibly sometime in September 2010. Sadly there is already opposition headed by the Secular Society of Great Britain to this visit. The Secular Society have an online petition which has already attracted over 20.000 signatures and yet a petition supporting the visit only has 1,200 signatures (now 4200). You are asked to visit the website and sign the supporting petition as we welcome the Holy Father to our country. www.petitiononline.com/PopeinUK/petition.html Please support this and spread it to others who may not know, by e-mail, word of mouth, put it in your local newsletter, whatever, I am sure we could beat their number if we try. God Bless Chris Benton

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March 1st 2010

08:51:04 PM
 
Vincent O'Neill
 
There are two items concerning the death of Fr. Blondel on the White Fathers' French web-site www.maforme.org. One is dated 18-12-2009 which concerns his funeral, with photos of the occasion. The second is a video report under "20 minutes de programme sur l'assassinat du Pere Louis Blondel en decembre dernier (TF1 Emissiom de sept a huit-dimanche 24 janvier". These may be of interest to anyone who knew him. I think his photo appears somewhere in the Gallery. May he rest in peace. Best regards to all. Vincent.

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March 1st 2010

07:58:37 PM
 

Keith Lawson

 
Just learned through the WF magazine of the tragic death at age 70 of Fr.Louis Blondel (France). He was shot dead in December by burglars at his residence in South Africa where he was working amongst the poor. I played rugby with him and the St.Edwards team in the early 60's. I have a photo of the rugby team including Louis at a match against St.Edmond's Ware Seminary. LIke many French confreres he had to take a break in his studies in those days to do National Serrvice and, of course, many at that time served in Algeria prior to its independence. A great loss. He was a great chap. Keith Lawson

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February 25th 2010

02:20:01 PM

Eric Creaney

 
Just a couple of weeks ago I was in Rutherglen with Patrick Shanahan and met two of the WFs recently mentioned on the website. Patrick wanted to speak with Fr. Collins about his work on H1V and Aids but Stevie is not great and I understand he spends much of his time in his room in Rutherglen inside his earphones, but celebrates Mass with the community. The other was Fr.John O’Donohue. That was the first I had seen him since 1959 when he taught us A level English Lit. I did not recognise him at first but though hampered by his stroke he is as bright as a button and recalled all of that class by name (even hesitated with me until I remembered that I was known as Pat in those days). I get the feeling Br. Ray would welcome more visits from us. Also met Manus Maguire recently - just retiring from judging employment cases - but not at all retiring in character.

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February 13th 2010
 
peter vale-humphreys
 
As it is a long time since I (we) put pen to paper. might I just be indulged to say on behalf of my wife, Edith, and myself: GUNG HEI FAT CHOI. This translates as a Happy New Year in Chinese. We would nornally be both over in Hoing Kong but with younger daughter off on half-term, we are therefore going to Spain - Barcelona for a few days, thus missing out on the treats of the Chinese New Year (starts 14th February) We hope you are all well, well over the Christmas festivities and indulgencies! God bless you all. Peter and Edith

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February 5th 2010

12:17:27 PM
 

Robbi
PAUL West asks about 'Logic'. Well, at Blacklion we did cover a small bit about the Aristotelian syllogism - and so I'm wondering: Nothing is better then eternal happiness. A cheese sandwich is better than nothing. Therefore, a cheese sandwich is better than eternal happiness !

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February 2nd 2010
08:43:19 PM
 
paul glover
 
Has anyone got the words for WHEN THE RED REVOLUTION COMES? We' make Lady Sumerskill, Winston Churchill etc..and other priory bus songs for the journey, Victoria bus station-the Priory.

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February 2nd 2010

08:31:10 PM
 

John Morton

 
A Reunion is being planned for this year at Bishop's Waltham for the weekend of 21/23 May. The Parish are delighted to welcome us again! I am looking at various options, so full details will follow in due course. Peter Finn likes the idea of visiting Hinton Ampner and the Hinton Arms in Eastleigh, of course!! He will pop over and check out both establishments! Margaret and I will go to Eastleigh on a day trip and have look at the situation there and will report back. Hopefully will be in a position to present the Itinerary before the end of the month!!

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February 1st 2010

08:54:09 PM
 

Paul West

 
I recently removed a message from John Fallon because I was uncertain about the the email address that he included. It has since been proved that the problem was caused by a simple typing error and that there was definitely no intention on John's part to mislead. I must therefore apologise to him for seeming to over-react—though visitors to this site will understand my sensitivity to such matters, given the recent problems individuals have experienced.

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January 30th 2010

08:39:51 PM
 

Paul West

 
Maurice Billingsley passed on the following article from The Tablet : "I don't think I've met Francois Richard, but his contribution to the debate on the new translation of the Mass is of interest, perhaps: Millions of people throughout the world pray in English, although English is their second or third language. They have the right to pray in a language understandable to all. Why impose an elitist language? Is man for the sabbath or the sabbath for man? Is liturgy for the liturgist or for the normal Christian? " (Fr) François Richard M. Afr. Lusaka, Zambia f.richard@fenza.org

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January 24th 2010

07:54:19 PM
 

John Morton

 
I have been in touch with Tony Guilfoyle, who is starting on a "New Life"! Some brief details : Tony is vintage 1949, going to St.Columba's with such illustrious contempories as Michael Fitzgerald, Derek Biewer,Eugene{1950}, Martin Hickey and yours truly!! I think there are a few others still around but quite a number have gone to the other place!! Tony had a long career in the RAF and finished up flying Chinook helicopters. On retiring from the Service he decided to become a Deacon and spent 17 years in that ministry. His wife died of cancer two years ago after a 6 year battle with this terrible disease. During a period of reflection as to his future, and with the active encouragement of his Bishop, Tony was offered a place at St.John's Seminary, Wonersh at Guilford in Surrey to study for the Priesthood. He is now being fast-tracked and due to be ordained this year. God works in mysterious ways!! I am sure that he will bring a lifetime of experience to his new Ministry!! John.

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January 19th 2010

08:32:28 PM
 

Paul West

 
If you know anyone who wants to travel Spain on a budget, Patricia has passed on this information: Convento Santa Rosalía, Calle Cardenal Spinola, beside Plaza de la Gavidia, right in the historic centre of Seville. The nuns offer accommodation in this convent, at 15 Euro per night. (Yes!) The rooms are quite austere, but have ensuite bathroom, lots, but lots of silence. The phone number is 00 34 954 383209. When your call is answered the greeting you will hear is "Ave Maria Purísima". You will also be helping these nuns who are experiencing difficult times because of financial problems. Many thanks, Patricia

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January 14th 2010

07:18:34 PM
 

Patricia Medina

 
This might be useful/informative ""What risks are associated with free email services? Although free email services have many benefits, you should not use them to send sensitive information. Because you are not paying for the account, the organization may not have a strong commitment to protecting you from various threats or to offering you the best service. Some of the elements you risk are •security - If your login, password, or messages are sent in plain text, they may easily be intercepted. If a service provider offers SSL encryption, you should use it. You can find out whether this is available by looking for a "secure mode" or by replacing the "http:" in the URL with "https:" (see Protecting Your Privacy for more information). •privacy - You aren't paying for your email account, but the service provider has to find some way to recover the costs of providing the service. One way of generating revenue is to sell advertising space, but another is to sell or trade information. Make sure to read the service provider's privacy policy or terms of use to see if your name, your email address, the email addresses in your address book, or any of the information in your profile has the potential of being given to other organizations (see Protecting Your Privacy for more information). If you are considering forwarding your work email to a free email account, check with your employer first. You do not want to violate any established security policies. •reliability - Although you may be able to access your account from any computer, you need to make sure that the account is going to be available when you want to access it. Familiarize yourself with the service provider's terms of service so that you know exactly what they have committed to providing you. For example, if the service ends or your account disappears, can you retrieve your messages? Does the service provider give you the ability to download messages that you want to archive onto your machine? Also, if you happen to be in a different time zone than the provider, you may find that their server maintenance interferes with your normal email routine.""

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January 14th 2010

02:14:39 PM
 

Patricia Medina

 
Just seen your post, Robbie, and I wish to very sincerely second what you say: "Robbie Dempsey :Dear Paul, Does ANYONE have the faintest idea of the amount of time, effort and devotion that you put into this website !!! Please do not offer apologies for any adminstrative tasks that you have to implement or IMPOSE on any of us. We are all in your debt for the wonderful job that you do. Deo gratias, yours, etc, in omnia saecula saeculorum. Robbie. With all best wishes Christmas "" Patricia

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January 11th 2010

11:13:12 AM
 
Patrick Gibbons
 
My apologies that my last mesage was incomplete.Our current balance is £605.00.Thanks to all who have made contributions and a special thanks to Olivia O' Dolan for her very large gift. I propose se Happy New Year to Pelicans world wide!! Skelf