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The fourth page of Keith Lawson's photos

Please note : some of the following are slightly damaged—
understandably, after all these years.
If you have any better,
copies I'd be grateful if you would lend them to me.

(source : Keith Lawson)

St Edward's during Keith's time (1961-66)

Was this the original building ? ("Yes" says Keith).

(source : Keith Lawson)

"Deacons, 1961-62"

"Pete Wetz, (nicknamed Pete "van" Wetz as he was
always driving the college van) is seated 3rd from right.
                            Aylward Shorter is on 2nd row 2nd from rt. Brendan Shannon is
4th from right on 2nd row."

Onno Bruggeman is standing on the far right —wearing glasses
The first priest on the left is probably Fr Ton Mettrop

Please note
: I am not sure that I have attached the correct annotation to this photo.
Keith entitled this as "Deacons of 1960-61", but I don't have that photo. 

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(source : Keith Lawson)

"Tonsure and Minor Orders, June 1962"

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(source : Keith Lawson)

Deacons of 1962-63

"Fr Doherty is seated 2nd from right."

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More of Keith's collection to follow

YCW Seminarists' Study Week


(Newspaper cutting — source and date unknown)

Kevin Muir, who worked for the YCW in Africa, gave
the students a talk on the apostolate on the missions

The Article :

" To bring future priests in touch with problems facing the average working family, Young Christian Workers at St Helen's, Lancs, invited over 50 clerical students from many countries to spend a week with them and see things for themselves.

And they did. They lived with working families—"I learned more from that than all the talks" said one of the students.

They toured five factories, saw working condfitions for themselves and chatted with many of the men and women at their places of work.

Their trips ranged from the 2,400 foot deep Sutton Manor colliery, near St Helen's, to the 519 foot high Blackpool Tower, where they went to see how the worker spends his leisure time.

They listened to talks by Young Christian Workers on problems facing the young worker and members of the Family Social Apostolate who put the difficulties confronting young families today.

Their crowded week of visits, talks and discussions ended with a civic reception in St Helen's Town Hall given by the Mayor, Councillor T R O'Brien, and a return thank-you concert given by the seminarists for their hosts

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(Newspaper cutting — source and date unknown)

The Article :

"Ham and eggs and coffee was seminary student Jack Berkers' reward for knocking on the wrong door in St Helens."

Jack, a student in the White Fathers' International College near London was attending the seminarists' Summer school organised by the YCW last week — and mis-read the reporting instructions.

Unannounced, he turned up at a St Helens' Catholic home and when he introduced himself, talked of his visit, was fed and put in the right direction for YCW headquarters.

Jack, whose home is Kaukana, Wisconsin, USA, mentioned the incident during the last session of the Summer school, when the week's work and impressions were being summed up.

Gunter Mester, a student from Germany, also stressed the important part that the people from St Helens, who provided accomodation for the students, had played in making the conference so successful.

"We have really felt as if we were members of the family" said Gunther, and went on to ask for the prayers of the families and promised them the prayers of the students from seven different countries, many of whom should soon become priests.

Joe Smith, an Ushaw student, summed up the main conference items and said that the week had given all the students a new idea of how people live, what some of their problems are and how the priest can help, and the important role of the Young Christian Workers Movement in creating a lay appostolate to help.

Canon Arbuthnot, YCW National Chaplain, made the closing speech of the session and urged the seminarists to practise the conclusions of the conference when they left their seminaries.

Too many left the seminary full of energy and wilted when they started their work. A possible reason for this was a lack of humility, considered the Canon. A priest working with people had to be prepared for many reverses but even if he had only one lay apostle he had not failed.

Often under these circumstances priest became builders and administrators because dealing with such matters was easier than dealing with people.

Another reason, claimed Canon Arbuthnot, was that the clergy was the most isolated part of the Mystical Body. Seminarists who had never experienced a layman's life should try to understand the problems of such a life and make their judgements carefully.

How wonderful it would be, concluded the Canon, if the 56 seminarists at the conference left with the intention of making apostles of Christ and not "spiritual capital" intent on storing grace for themselves. "

(source : Keith Lawson)