Newsletter 45: New Year 2004
A Happy New Year to all of us everywhere (the old urbi et orbi, huh?) 1 January---31 December 2004!
I've just got a New Year Encyclical ready to go out by snail mail and I think you electronics all know its opening gist already:
1) how Bud Greene met Peter McKenzie's brother-in-law in Blacklion and how impressed he had been by our new headstone on wee Pete's grave;
2) how Harold Johnson, local archivist, dug me out a copy of Bernie D'Arcy's film of the opening of the college 1 September 1955; it's soundless but we're opening to add some appropriate background music and I've written a script which I hope John Morton will speak;
3) how Kevin Wiseman's sister Celia tells me there was a double reel made of the ordinations at Jedburgh
3 June 1949; how Peter Finn is now pursuing the matter with the British Provincial;
d) how Celia also tells me there was an actual document with Hitler's signature reprieving Kevin the third time he was due to face the firing squad at Fresnes. Where is it now? I have written to the Peres Blancs in Paris. Watch this space!
What about Hugh Campbell? Well, that darling boy had put on ELEVEN pounds last time I spoke to him and was planning to spend Christmas with his old classmate the P.P. of Tullibody (=Jimmy Wallace, ex-Priory and Broome Hall). The day I spoke to Hugh, Vinny Callaghan, Frank Dillon and young Pat Tierney had been down to see him.
What a smashing gesture on top of the work they did at St Columba's in September along with John Morton, Tommy Kelly and Mick Creechan.
Right, it's MOANIN' GIT time.
I want a Dryburgh-style turn-out of the south (and all places else?) at The Priory for Pentecost Eve 29 May and Whit Sunday 30 May. I haven't got Fr Buckley's permission yet but he's always so glad to see us that that should be no problem.
Dryburgh Abbey Hotel last September was the first reunion for years in the true sense of the word i.e. a mob. At last the Scots responded to the Fiery Cross.
Come on, you southerners! Let's do it for The Priory!
Boost your morale on a Pelican weekend!
FOR THIS AUTUMN:
Dryburgh Abbey Hotel has 27 rooms on
provisional reservation for the MACBRIDE/PELICANS PARTY 1-3 October
Place a reservation today
with the Bookings Clerk, Dryburgh Abbey Hotel, St Boswell's, Scottish
Borders TD6 0RQ