Around our Parishes - September 2012
The delicate work of cutting into the wall of the old church and inserting supporting arches is now under way. Finally there will be the visible sign of growth as steel pillars begin to rise out of the ground. The stone pillars are a warm and interesting light yellow limestone from Lincolnshire and are being prepared by stonemasons in Ipswich. The same type of stone is being considered for the altar and the lectern. Meanwhile, fund-raising continues with various gourmet evenings.
A Tribute to Austin Friars SchoolCharles Milroy, a former pupil e-mailed to tell how he had picked up a copy of ‘Austinform’ in his mother’s house, sad to read about Michael Roche, interested to read about other friars he knew. It inspired him to write: "Reading the pamphlet gave me pause for thought about my time at Austin Friars and the indelible impression made on me in those formative years. Unlike many of my friends and colleagues, I had the most enjoyable secondary education. I emerged in 1976 , not only with O’s and A’s but also with a founded philosophy on life and a well developed sense for moral and ethical behaviour which has stood me in good stead in my personal and professional life. I think the school is the poorer for not having resident Augustinian friars as masters, as their presence, in my time, gave another dimension to such a rich environment."
The photograph below
was sent by Giles Mercer, along with an appreciative e-mail for receiving ‘Austinform’ over the years. It shows his father, clearly an officer in the British Army in 1944 in St Peter’s Square, Rome, and alongside him is Fr Peter Boland OSA. Fr Peter is recognisable in the original, which appeared in a newspaper.
Our three students
have returned to Harborne, some having spent a month with their families, and then Arthur in Clare, Klement in Harborne and Gladson throughout the summer in Hammersmith. Their lectures at Oscott re-commence on Sept. 6.
have again welcomed students from S. Monica who wish to perfect their English.
We have also welcomed Brother Kim Barnabas, the first Korean Superior of the Korean delegation.
Several messages have been received expressing appreciation of Austinform. Long may it continue!