New Year 2006
I've been out of touch since February last year for which I
have an excuse of sorts (bowel cancer).
We had 2 reunions during 2005: Bishops Waltham in mid-May for
Pentecost and Preston 6 June. Zelda and I were at Blacklion
for Cemetery Sunday at the end of July to stand by Peter McKenzie's
(source : Michael Byrne)
Turn out for the reunion at Bishop's Waltham, May 2005
taken outside Our Lady, Queen of Apostles church (built in the old
Priory grounds for local parishioners).
Front : Pauline Guilfoyle, John Morton, Zelda, Margaret Morton,
Eugene MacBride and Peter Vale-Humphreys
Back : Tony Guilfoyle, Mike Byrne and a lady that I know but
whose name I have forgotten (sorry).
At Preston (to fete Leslie Croaghan and his wife Joyce home
on holiday from New Mexico): Fr Patrick Harrity (our host),
Peter Finn, Pat and Pauline Menzies, Robert and Jess
Clyde, Pat and Norma Gibbons, Chas Robinson, Paul
West, Bernard Melling, Chris Benton, Zelda
and me. Muriel and Jean made us an absolutely A-1 lunch
and the craic was good all through. (Photo below)
I learn to my amazement that at the end of this academic year,
the WFs are closing up St Edward's, Totteridge where they've had a
theology school since the end of 'sHeerenberg in 1958. I don't
know what happens to Oak Lodge. Theology students will now train
in Africa or France.
John Strain tells me that the present student body will say
goodbye at St Alban's church, Tilford Road, Beacon Hill, HINDHEAD,
Surrey GU26 6PX on MOTHERING SUNDAY 26 MARCH 2006. The service
will start at 10.30. Fr Pat Shanahan will preach.
There will be lunch afterwards.
With Fr Buckley's blessing we will be having our annual reunion
at Bishops Waltham this year on Friday 2 June, Saturday Whitsun Eve
3 June and Pentecost Sunday 4 June. If you need accommodation,
Tom Wilkie is still in business. Phone him now on (01489)
890188. For our Saturday (3 June) trip this year, we plan to
do the Watercress Line at Arlesford. My number is (01476) 561890
if you need to be in touch
Are you thinking Africa? Well, it would certainly seem so to
judge from the money flowing into our treasurer's pouch. Remember
that if you send a cheque made out to The Pelicans (Pat Gibbons,
84 Albert Rd West, Bolton, Lancs BL1 5ED) Pat gets it out to Africa
without a penny skimmed-off. And you can nominate where you
want it to go!
Might you be interested in a Pelican Reunion in Rome for October this
year, our first in the Eternal City since 1999 when we were mistaken
at the General Audience for Juridical Vicars? I've been asked to float
the idea but as ever, if I don't get any positive or quasi-positive
replies, I shall quickly allow it to sink.
If you're interested, say yes and I'll see what we can do. I
shall take a prolonged silence as a heartfelt no.
Dominus vobiscum, Eugene