Monday, 29 November 2010

Guildford Parish and School Debate: 'Should Britain Abandon Its Nuclear Deterrent?'

Students and Parishioner Debating Team with
the  Deputy Mayor of Guildford and his wife

The annual debate between the Sixth form of St. Peter’s and the parish of St. Pius X took place recently on a dark autumn evening in the tightly packed auditorium of the Guildhall on Guildford High Street. Whilst city commuters hurried home to their television dinners and late night shoppers clutched bags close to them on their way to the train station rows of spectators inside the Guildhall were treated to a battle royal as the two teams debated fiercely on the proposal that Britain should abandon its nuclear deterrent.

As the teams and their supporters filtered into the Guildhall they were welcomed by the marvelous hosts of the PTA proffering glasses of wine and choice snacks. They could not have anticipated the debate that was to ensue. Brows furrowed, pens were twirled anxiously and there were sharp intakes of breath; the illustrious figures in the paintings on the walls loomed over the proceedings and in his role as Chairperson Mr. Guinea launched the debate.

Members of each team took turns to present their arguments and it was quickly apparent that the participants had done their research. Glittering rhetoric, polished arguments and dazzling oratory met in a heady mixture that left the audience on the edge of their seats and the judges with the unenviable task of separating the two sides. The debate raged from discussion of moral arguments to the Catholic Church’s reflections on the “Just War” theory. There was also much to be said on Britain’s role in the world and the practical and financial implications of Britain’s nuclear deterrent.

At the three quarter point there was opportunity for questions from the floor and members of the audience showed how closely they had been following as they probed for clarification of points made or sought to query the logical and factual basis of the points that had been presented to them. Both teams had to be on their mettle as they had no way of anticipating what would come up. Both teams proved themselves able to think on their feet and it was all conducted in the spirit of shared intellectual appreciation and respect.

At the close of the debate people gathered in groups to discuss which way the judges would call it. Again the PTA was on hand to provide refreshments which were gratefully received. The judges consisted of the St. Peter’s chaplain, Mr. David Beresford; Sarah Nagle, a local solicitor and governor of St. Peter’s and Annabelle Green – Terry, a former student of St. Peter’s and during the break they deliberated on the result.

A silence fell as Mr. David Beresford rose to deliver the judges’ verdict. It was declared a victory for St. Peter’s. The guest of honour, Deputy Mayer Terence Patrick awarded the impressive shield. Mr. Guinea conducted a poll amongst the audience to see whether they agreed with the judges’ verdict and again the Sixth Form came out unanimous winners.

Our thanks go to the Mayor’s Office for so generously allowing the use of the Guildhall which made the event truly memorable and to Deputy Mayor Terence Patrick and his wife for being there to witness the showcasing of the school and parish’s intellectual wares. Our thanks also go to the PTA of St. Peter’s for providing the refreshments and to everyone who made the evening such a spectacle and such a success.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

New Book From Pope Benedict - Light of the World

Now available from DABCEC Bookshop
A new book entitled 'Light of the World' from Pope Benedict which is the result of a series of conversations he had with Peter Seewald, a German journalist has now been published in English and is available in the Diocesan Bookshop.

Catholic Communications Network reports that the 'Light of the World' records the first ever one to one interview with a Pope by a journalist. It is an intimate and very personal interview during which Pope Benedict talks frankly and at times passionately and with great compassion on topics such as the child abuse scandal, his reflections on his experience of being the Pope, the dictatorship of relativism, inter-religious dialogue and the renewal of the Church and society. Overall it gives a fascinating insight into the humanity of the leader of 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide. Now in his eighties, Pope Benedict reflects in a profound but conversational way on the five years of his Papacy, on the Church and on society.

On the child abuse scandal, Pope Benedict uses blunt language in describing the crisis: “It was really like the crater of a volcano, out of which suddenly a tremendous cloud of filth came, darkening and soiling everything”. The Pope also states that the Church will do everything it can to help those who have suffered abuse and also to do everything possible so it does not happen again.

At the heart of the book, is the Pope’s challenge to modern society to relocate the human at the centre of its endeavours. Throughout the interview, Pope Benedict returns to what it is to be human and what that understanding entails. Embracing the progress achieved across the past three centuries, he also challenges the postmodern world to move beyond a reductionist view of the world, where scientific facts are regarded as truth to the exclusion of ancient truths offered by faith.

The necessary dialogue between faith and reason for the benefit of all in society looked forward to the Pope’s keynote address in Westminster Hall on 17 September during his historic visit to the UK.

Throughout the interview the Pope returns to themes he explored at greater length during his visit to the UK, ending with a call to open the door to the light of Christ. It is the love that we all seek that Pope Benedict argues persuasively is the key to Christianity and while this is not always an easy path, our task is not to be successful but to bear witness to the truth, the love and joy that comes from conversion to Christ.

It is in this context that Pope Benedict’s comments about a rediscovered human morality and the need for a humanisation of sexuality should be read. In answering questions about the AIDs epidemic in Africa and the use of condoms, the Pope said that the fundamental response of the Church is and should be to guide, to support and to accompany those who have contracted HIV. Over 25% of all AIDs care worldwide is provided by Catholic organisations.

The Pope then makes the point that the problem of HIV infection cannot be solved by the distribution of condoms. A lasting solution can only be achieved through a change in behaviour; through abstinence and fidelity.

While the use of condoms do not provide a moral solution to the AIDS epidemic, he reflects that in certain exceptional circumstances the use of a condom to reduce the risk of infection could represent the first step in a move towards a more human and responsible way of living sexuality.

What comes across so clearly throughout the book is the warmth of his humanity, his deep faith in God and his profound understanding of the serious issues facing society and the Church, and the vital role of religious belief in dialogue with human reason. He sees a world that so badly needs “the light of truth, the light of Christ, the light of God in whom there is no darkness.” He acknowledges with great humility the faults and failings of the Church and the need for the Church to be purified if she is to fulfil her mission to proclaim the Good News to a society and world which also needs redemption."

As well as this book the second part of the Holy Father's theological work 'Jesus of Nazareth' will also  shortly be available. To pre-order please contact the DABCEC Bookshop or 01293 654465. Discounts for parishes and clergy available for both books.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Fr Tony Bridson Celebrates 25 Years of Priesthood

A Smiling Fr Tony Greets Well-Wishers
at the end of his Celebration Mass
Bishop Kieran, 40 Priests, a dozen servers and a church full of well-wishers were at The Friary Church in the centre of Crawley on Tuesday evening to celebrate 25 years of the priestly ministry of Fr Tony Bridson. He presided at the Mass assisted by Deacons Andrew Bayes and Tom Murray. It was a joyful celebration with music provided by Crawley Parish musicans from the different churches in the parish assisted by Mike on guitar, a friend  from Fr Tony's seminary days at Wonersh.

Fr David 'Dochi' Foley preached on priesthood and the focus of the ministerial priesthood in sacrifice of Christ on the cross. He had everybody smiling, however, when he said he had only been asked to preach as he was the only living priest who had worked in a parish with Fr Tony when he was his assistant priest in Woking!

Bishop Kieran spoke at the end of Mass to add his thanks for the ministry and priesthood of Fr Tony especiallly for the work he does, outside of a parish, in his vital ministry to priests work. His particular concern is for those priest who are retired, sick or in any kind of difficulty.

Fr Tony also gave thanks for his priesthood and for the many people and parishes who he had ministered to over the years. He especially gave thanks to his parents who were in the congregation and who had brought him into the world along with his 4 other brothers and sisters.

The celebration continued in the Friary Hall with food and drink. He was also presented with the gift of an iPod from Crawley Parish and suggestion that he would have to move with the times transfer all his vinyl records to digital format.

Many congratulations to Fr Tony

Sunday, 21 November 2010

All Saints Hersham Celebrates 50 Years

Bishop Kieran with Hersham Parishioners
Canon Brendan MacCarthy, Parish Priest of All Saints, Hersham reports on the parish's Golden Jubilee celebrations: "Our Parish Church was officially opened by Bishop Cyril Cowderoy of Southwark on -the Feast of All Saints 1960. 'It was built by Fr. Robert Madden, then Parish Priest of St Erconwald's, Walton, on the land bought by his predecessor, Fr. John Jeffries.

Fr. Denis Hayes, All Saints' first Parish Priest came to Hersham on 17th July 1961. The Church was consecrated by Bishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor on 1st November 1978 . Great credit is due to the many parishioners in those days who worked hard in raising the necessary funds to free the parishfrom debt and thus allow the consecration of our parish church.

Fr. Hayes was transferred to Lewes in August 1972. Fr. Michael Spelman took his-place and remained at Hersham until he was transfered to Horsham in 1981.Fr. Kevin Steen became Parish Priest in 1982, and remained in Hersham for 10 years. Fr. Brendan MacCarthy took his place, arriving in Hersham on 8'* September 1992.

Cardinal Newman Catholic Primary School was opened by Bishop David Cashman (First Bishop of Arundel & Brighton) on 25th June 1966. It catered for 280 pupils, and its first Head teacher was Mr Michael O'Malley. It is now a thriving two-form entry Primary School. On this Parish Golden Jubilee Day, we salute its present Head teacher, Ms Gill Keany, and her staff of thirty-four. May Blessed John Henry Newman guide and prosper their work in the service of Catholic Education.

The heart of our Parish is Jesus in the Eucharist, and our church is the Parish 'living room' where He welcomes us in friendship and peace. There too we remember Mary, Queen of All Saints - mother of every family and of every parish community.

As your Parish Priest, I thank especially all whose faithfulness, generosity and dedication help make our parish what it is. We belong to each other in the Body of Christ. The presence of Bishop Kieran this morning gives added focus to our unity with him, who, as our Bishop, is our Shepherd, Teacher and Father 'in Christ'.

On behalf of all gathered at All Saints for our Parish Feast, I thank Bishop Kieran warmly for celebrating our Jubilee Mass. We are a parish 'in mission'. May our Golden Jubilee celebration help renew our Catholic faith. May we be 'doers of God's word and not hearers only'. Responsive also in prayer to the personal holiness to which each of us is called, and determined in our witness to the Gospel, as we live each day for the greater glory of God."

(This is a shorten version of his speech given All Saints, 31" October 2010)

Friday, 19 November 2010

Sussex Catholic School Girl Wins Writer's Prize

Corinna Keefe (right) celebrates her Catholic Young Writer Award
ahead of choir practice
On Wednesday 17th November, A Level student Corinna Keefe of St Leonards-Mayfield School was presented with the prestigious Catholic Young Writer Award for 2010 at a ceremony hosted in St Mary Moorfields Church in London.

Sponsored by the Catholic Union and The Keys, the Catholic Writers’ Guild of England and Wales, the award is open to all young Roman Catholics aged 11 to 18 years, and to all pupils at Roman Catholic secondary schools. This year, to mark the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, and the visit to Britain of the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, entrants were invited to write something in poetry or prose expressing, ‘Newman’s quest for truth’.

Despite her many school commitments, Corinna found the time to compose a poem on Newman which the judges described as, ‘very graceful and touching and a clear winner of the Award.’

To seek a shaft of sun amid a grubby world
I followed turns which turned again
On maps stained with a million paths –
I ended lost in smoke and glass.
In fog, in shades of bitter dark.
My soul passed, prayed for honest wings
To strive for wonder in the sky.
Soft feathers fell and veiled my eyes –
At last I must be still and watch
The little lights of glowing souls.
Beneath the grime there shines a good and faithful God.

Corinna Keefe commented: ‘‘I was very honoured to win the award – I got the letter on the same day as my AS results, which was a lovely surprise! It was an exciting competition to take part in, especially since this is the year for Cardinal Newman’s beatification.’’

Joanna Bogle from The Keys Award Committee commented: “We chose a Newman theme for this year's Award, to link with the great events of his beatification and the Papal Visit. It offered young people a chance to think quite deeply and to reflect on the message of John Henry Newman's life – Corinna's poem showed that she had done this and it was a clear winner among all the entries."”

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

A Cry For Help from Iraq
The situation in Iraq for Christians is very difficult as they are more and more targeted by Al-Quida. The recent massacre on 31 October in the Syrian Catholic Cathedral in Baghdad is just one of many attacks that have taken place in Iraq on Christians. Many of those Christians are Eastern Rites Catholics from the Chaldean and Syrian Catholic Churches so as a Catholic Community we have a special responsibility to help them.

A UK charity founded by a Iraqi Catholic Dr Suha Rassam called Iraqi Christians in Need (ICIN) reports that the crisis in "is becoming increasingly desperate. During the past few days, many Christians have been killed in Mosul and Baghdad, just because they are Christians. Several thousands have fled their houses and took refuge in Churches in the city and nearby mountains. ICIN has taken the decision to make a substantial donation, from its reserve plus what is received from the 'Crisis in Mosul Fund', directly to those in Mosul who are taking care of the displaced."

Some of our parishes in this diocese are already helping them especially Our Lady of Lourdes, Thames Ditton which is holding a special collection for them during Advent. We ask you to consider helping these desperate Iraqi Christian through ICIN, or any of the organisations concerned with providing aid to those displaced. Click on the links above.

You may be interested to know that at St Peter's Basilica in Rome at 5 p.m. on 25 November, at the initiative of the Syrian-Catholic Church in Rome, a Mass will be held in memory of the priests and faithful who died in an attack against their cathedral in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on 31 October, according to a communique published today.

The Eucharist - which members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See have also been invited to attend - will be celebrated by Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.

If you wish to find out more about the Church why not have a look at - Usual wikipedia caveats apply.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

New Husband and Wife Catholic Chaplains at Gatwick Airport

Congratulations to Deacon Ian Wells and his wife Jean Wells who are now both part of the Gatwick Airport Chaplaincy team. Gatwick Airport which is just outside Crawley, West Sussex is one of the main airports serving London and the south east. With thousands of passengers passing through everyday the work of the Chaplaincy team is vital. This is not to mention the thousands of staff who work there as well as airline staff who pass through 365 days of the year.

After the departure (sic!) of Deacon Chris Dobson to begin seminary training for the priesthood at St John's, Wonersh, Deacon Ian and his wife Jean agreed to be part of the team with Sr Jo Threfall SND and a rota of priests who provide Mass on a Sunday. They are also part of an ecumenical and inter-faith team of chaplains that are attached to the airport with whom they work closely.

Deacon Ian and Jean
Many congratulations to them both on this new ministry for both of them.

Friday, 12 November 2010

From Peru to Hove via Merstham/Redhill/Reigate

Fr Kevin Dring spent several years in Peru working in our sister of Diocese of Chulucanas. We both celebrate 50 years of existence in 2015 and several Arundel & Brighton priests have benefited from their time and experience serving in that Diocese. Fr Kevin is the latest priest to have been there. He now begins his life as a Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Church in Hove.

Prior to this he was part of the team at the new parish of The Nativity of the Lord consisting of churc communities in Merstham, Redhill and Reigate. He recently said farewell to this parish on 1st October, the Feast of St Teresa. Therefore, St. Teresa's, Merstham, was the appropriate venue for Fr. Kevin Dring's farewell Mass and celebration. Servers, musicians and readers were drawn from all three churches, and when it came to the partying the Catenians were in charge of the wine and the UCM co-ordinated the food - all contributing to a happy and memorable occasion.

Fr Kevin cuts his Cake

The cake, produced by a Merstham parishioner, illustrated Fr. Kevin's journeying from the Andes of 'Darkest Peru' to our parish, represented by nativity figures, and on to his present parish of The Sacred Heart, Hove; on the sides were llamas & sheep for Peru and the South Downs, golf and cyclists for his activities.

In his homily Fr. Kevin focussed on St. Teresa's example and teaching on being a little before God. Fr. Kevin had been asked by a child "Are you God?" Teresa's answer would be "No, you are not God but you are a precious, cherished child of God and He wants you to be filled with his love for you and to let that love flow into everyone and everything around you. Your life is inseparable from God and your happiness will only be real and full if you find it in God."

He pointed out with all her emphasis on obscurity, littleness, and childlikeness, dying age 24, and writing just one book, she is a Doctor of the Church. Her influence is felt throughout the world; she is patron of the Missions, and Priests, and a shining guide to us all. At the end of Mass Fr. Kevin was presented with a handsome cheque and a case of wine.

Thanks to Ann Lardeur for providing the photo and much of the story

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Hastings Primary School Celebrates Opening of New Hall

Recently Bishop Kieran went to Hastings to celebrate a special Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart to bless the new hall and facilities at Sacred Heart School.  The mass, which was held in the school’s new hall was presided over by Bishop Kieran with priests from the parish concelebrating. This included  Fr. John O’Brien and Fr. Joseph Soosai Marian, as well as the Dean, Fr. Chris Spain.  It was a beautiful and uplifting occasion where we were also able to give thanks for the continuing fund-raising efforts to support the school’s wonderful new buildings.

Head Teacher, Mrs Angela O’Connor, OBE, Fr. John O’Brien, Bishop Kieran Conry,
Fr. Chris Spain and Fr. Joseph Soosai Marian

Monday, 8 November 2010

Beautiful New Cross for St John the Baptist School Woking

Claire Heapy next to the new Cross she designed for the School Entrance
Recently one of the Design students of St John the Baptist School, Woking, Claire Heapy, took part in a superb experience, a work placement at Linley’s, the bespoke furniture and interior designers. Claire received an excellent report about her work from her placement employers. She also thoroughly enjoyed her experience.

The school was not only pleased with Claire on her performance at A level but as part of the practical side of her course she created the superb cross which they have placed in the entrance to the school.

Visitors have, since it was erected, consistently admired its simply beauty and strong lines. Every visitor notices this superb and important addition to the school landscape which reminds them of the school Catholic Christian foundation.

The school hopes that Claire as a result of this wonderful work for the school and her work experience at Viscount Linley’s company will go on to do great work.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Go On Retreat this Autumn

Why not go on Retreat this Autumn perhaps during Advent at the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton's beautiful and tranquil Retreat Centre.

The Diocesan Retreat Centre, St Cuthman’s, nr Horsham, is offering a reduced rate for weekday retreats during November and December. Stay two or more nights Mon – Thurs inc. for £60 pppn, full board. Stay individually, as a couple or with a small group – an excellent Advent preparation for Christmas. Phone 01403 741220, or email

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Friday, 5 November 2010

Fr Michael Aust RIP

Fr Michael Aust RIP
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr Michael Aust who was a priest of Arundel & Brighton Diocese and died on Tuesday 2 November in hospital.

The Funeral Mass for Father Michael will be on Wednesday 10 November at 11.30am probably at St Joseph’s Church, Epsom. There will also be a parish Mass at Our Lady and St Peter, Leatherhead at 9.30am on Tuesday 9 November. May he rest in peace.
May he rest in peace

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Poles Lead Crawley Parish in Dance

Polish Dancers in Crawley Parish Hall
The Crawley Parish came together one Sunday in October in the Friary Hall in Crawley town centre for a charity event in aid of Friends Of The Lisiecki Homes In Poland. The Hall was packed with parishioners from all the churches in the Parish.

Friends Of The Lisiecki Homes In Poland is a small charity helping children from poor and underprivileged families in Poland. The afternoon was introduced by their President, Princess Renata Sapieha, who explained to how the charity came to be founded by her family, and introduced the Karolinka Dance Company, who held us spellbound with their lively routines, and passionate performances of authentic traditional Polish dances and folk songs!

Afterwards, while the raffle was being drawn, they enjoyed a welcome cup of tea, with delicious Polish chocolate cake. Even if no one won a prize they did not need to go home empty-handed, as they were able to buy the Karolinka CD of Polish Folk Songs.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Celebrating Halloween with the Saints

St John the Evangelist Parish in Horsham celebrated on Saturday 30 October a very successful 'All Hallows in Horsham' family party held in the church hall.

Fr Terry with St Albert the Great, Patron
Saint of Scientists

Fr Terry Martin, the Parish Priest explained, "The festival of Halloween has been growing alarmingly in popularity over recent years and now seems to be promoted in shops and towns almost as much as Easter or even Christmas! In common with the ministers of other churches in Horsham and with the diocese of Arundel & Brighton, I felt concerned about this mass promotion of what is essentially a celebration of the forces of evil and darkness. It was time to reclaim the true Christian rather than the supposed pagan origins of this festival, and to celebrate instead the power of the Holy Spirit in the lives of so many inspirational men and women throughout the ages. Therefore we asked everyone to dress, not as a ghoul or a ghostie, but as their favourite saint."

Invitations were tucked into the parish newsletter at Sunday Mass and Fr Terry wrote to each family at both the local Catholic primary schools, resulting in a pleasing turnout of assorted saints on the day. Mums and dads had done their children proud with costumes; saints in attendance ranged from Biblical characters such as St John the Baptist, through martyrs of Roman times like St Lucy and all the way up to figures from our own times including St Josemaria Escriva and Blessed Mother Teresa.

After the various costumes had been admired and their characters guessed, the party programme included games to work off youthful energy, a feast of treats to eat and tricks from magician Tim Hill. Tim cleverly combined enthralling entertainment with effective evangelisation by using his tricks to illustrate aspects of the Gospel message. Fr Terry and assistant priest Fr Peter Andrews (on this occasion aka St Francis of Assisi) joined in the fun with gusto.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

St Joseph's Catholic Special School Opens a New Sensory Suite

Left to right: John Inverdale and Damon Hill open the new suite
Sports commentator, John Inverdale recently opened a new Sensory Suite at St Joseph’s Catholic Specialist School & College in Cranleigh.

John made a break in his busy schedule to perform the opening ceremony in his role as Surrey Region Honorary President of Wooden Spoon. The charity donated funds for sensory equipment, together with BBC Children in Need and the School’s 3 Peaks Challenge event team. The suite has been created to benefit children at this special needs day and residential school along with their families, staff and other local schools through their community partnerships.

School patron Damon Hill joined the celebrations with Chair of Governors, Mr John MacManus and Headteacher Mrs Mary Fawcett who welcomed representatives from Wooden Spoon and their corporate partners, TNT Byfleet, partner schools and fundraisers.

This new facility was specifically designed to meet the needs of children and young people aged 5 – 19 years with Autistic Spectrum Conditions, with additional moderate and Severe Learning Disabilities. As an Autism Accredited school many of the learners have sensory impairments, and difficulty in communicating and interacting with others. The sensory will really enhance the education given to the children and young people by enabling them to reduce anxieties. This Studio comes as a long awaited additional resource for their highly skilled staff.

“The Suite is fantastic and has something for everyone” commented Karen May, Head of Therapies at the school “providing endless opportunities for communication and interaction. The equipment can be used in such variety of ways it can cope with the enormous range and complexity of disabilities we are faced with on a daily basis. Some of our children need extra stimulation so we need strategies to develop their attention skills, whilst for others need an area of calm where they can ease their anxieties. Distinct areas have been developed in such an imaginative way we can easily create different environments for both individual and group sessions. Through what looks like play equipment we can now undertake learning sessions in a fun way! Whether we are developing memory, teaching “cause and effect” or undertaking specific topics, we have a whole new bank of equipment to use and can truly personalise the whole (communication and interaction) process to match each child’s needs”. We are thrilled to have been chosen to receive this funding and build this facility and can’t wait to see how the children will benefit.”

The wonderful work done by this special school reflects the committment of Arundel & Brighton Diocese to supporting education for all.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Funday with Mother Teresa Missionaries of Charity

Missionary of Charity Sisters in their familar
Saris at the Chilworth Funday
This summer, just gone, saw a Funday for disadvantaged children attending the Mother Teresa Missionaries of Charity Summer Schools at Southall and Bravington Road, Kilburn, organised by the Chilworth/Gomshall parish in conjunction with the Surrey co-workers of Mother Teresa.

The “fun” day was held at the home of Mrs Anne Wightman, a Chilworth parishioner. More than 70 children with accompanying parents, guardians and Sisters arrived in two coaches. The children enjoyed the freedom of the open spaces. There were many attractions including the swimming pool, tractor rides, football and face painting. Food was available in plenty with a wonderful BBQ and ice cream, and drinks and cake later in the afternoon. Having enjoyed their day in the country, it was a happy group that set off in the evening back to London.

Patrick, Marta and Missionary
of Charity Sister
On a connected note in 2006 Patrick Wightman, the son of Anne Wightman, undertook a voluntary three month assignment working at the Mother Teresa Daya Dan orphanage for handicapped children in Calcutta. There he met a Spanish volunteer, Marta Abascal, from Madrid. Over the years romance has blossomed and in August, the couple announced their engagement with a wedding scheduled for next summer.
Many congratulations on both the Funday and the forthcoming wedding.