I went to Ars at the beginning of September this year with a friend from Allen Hall. Ars is a popular place of pilgrimage for priests and seminarians; St. Jean Marie Vianney, the famous “Cure d”Ars”, is the patron saint of all priests. I’d never been before but decided to go on recommendations from friends. A few of them, however, as much as they would recommend Ars, would always add, with a look of genuine recoil, that Ars is not that beautiful a place. I don’t know where these people usually go on holiday/retreat, but I had images of a dank wasteland in mind. On arrival I was therefore pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t like Annecy where I had spent a few days before, with ice-capped mountains and pure watered lakes, but compared to life on the King’s Road, Ars was wonderfully quiet, and had real countryside. Throw in some Catholic stuff too, and I was laughing – or praying, as the case may be.
On Friday 21st September the students of Allen Hall were privileged to attend a Mass of Thanksgiving for the 80th birthday of Cardinal Cormac Murphy O”Connor.
The main celebrant was Archbishop Vincent Nichols, who recalled Cardinal Cormac”s “irrepressible zest for life” and “great capacity for fun and laughter”. Read more →