On Saturday the 16th of November the community of Allen Hall enjoyed a day out together in London. The day began at the Church of Our Lady Immaculate and St. Frederick in the parish where Brian, one of the college deacons, is currently on pastoral placement at weekends. The community celebrated Mass together before heading off to see the other church in the parish of Poplar. Often referred to as the “Cathedral of the East End”!
From there the staff and seminarians took the DLR to Greenwich where there was time to spilt up and have a look around. Some went for ‘refreshments’ others explored the shops and with the remaining time went to visit the famous Painted Hall and chapel of the Old Royal Naval College.
The day was ended with a trip back to Westminster by boat, with some of the more hardy members of the community braving the icy winds on the open deck. Two students, however, missed the boat (literally) and so were forced to take the tube home, beating everyone else back by at least half an hour! It was a very enjoyable day that was made all the more poignant by the fact that it was Rector, Mgr. Mark O”Toole”s final day out with the college community before departing to take up his new appointment as the Bishop of Plymouth.
Article written by Joshua Hilton, a third year student for the Diocese of Leeds.
Pictures taken by Rev. Kevin Gradwell.