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FAITH MATTERS

The Parish Magazine of St. Faith, Havant with St. Nicholas, Langstone

OCTOBER 2006 (Internet Edition)

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From the Rector - Enneagram – The Nine Ways of Being

My daughters have recently been reading Francesca Simon’s excellent books about two brothers at odds with each other, Perfect Peter and Horrid Henry.  As the names imply Peter is mostly his parents’ delight and Henry their bane.  Henry wants to play games with his super-soaker or watch Saturday morning TV pro­grammes about people covering each other in excessive amounts of goo (‘Gross Out’).  He doesn’t under­stand his parents when they want to inhibit his television viewing to undertake ‘chores’, or when they want him to stop the mock fight between his duck and croc in the bath.  Peter, on the other hand, has no such unsociable habits or likes.  He prefers to watch programmes about good table manners (‘Manners with Maggie’) and takes pleasure in helping Mum with the housework.

These little books are very enjoyable, not least because we recognise the caricatures so beautifully drawn by their creator.  But they draw us in because we also recognise the elements of these infantile characters in ourselves.  While it is ludicrous that Henry and Peter get up earlier and earlier on Saturday morning so that they can be the one to have the comfy chair and watch their choice of programme (to the point that when Henry sneaks down at 2am expecting to sleep for the rest of the night in the chair he finds Peter already there!) we know that we have refined versions of such determined self-seeking into our adult behaviour.  In addition it may appear on first sight that Peter is good and Henry bad, but the closer we look we see the childish self-centredness in both of them.  While this is far from unhealthy in small boys, the socialisation process teaches us to ‘manage’ these instincts as we enter the adult world.

But our spiritual life takes this further.  Our task as Christians is to lose our self-centredness altogether and give way to Christ-centred living.  While this is clearly a life-long task, it is the goal of the Christian spiritual life to which we are committed for no other reason than to follow in the footsteps of Christ and to assist in the task of heralding the Kingdom of God.  This task demands great self-honesty and a healthy degree of self-examination.

The Enneagram is a wonderful tool that assists this spiritual task.  It posits nine essential habits of human behaviour, which enable our survival from infant to adult.  According to the Enneagram we have all adopted one of these patterns of behaviour to deal with the threats and challenges of our childhood.  As we have matured through adulthood, we have stuck with this pattern and learnt to defend it as ‘the way we are’.  The gift of the Enneagram is that it shows us these nine ways and helps us identify our own dominant pattern.  This is in turn helps us appreciate the eight other patterns that others accord to, thus appreciating the gifts, and different motivations, of others.  And for each pattern (or point) we can see how the behaviour is defined to avoid the very fear that most strongly besets that type.  By identifying this we can break through to the real beautiful self that God has created us to be, and from which we have been kept in blissful ignorance for so long.

With my colleague Ann Leonard (Vicar of Hayling, St Peter and St Andrew) I shall be running three taster evenings into the Enneagram this autumn, with a view to running a full Enneagram course next year.  I have been working with the Enneagram for the last 13 years and have found it wonderfully insightful, helpful and informative.  It has helped my walk with God and the pilgrimage I share with others.  The benefits are not only in recognising my own spiritual challenges and the gifts that I can liberate in myself, but also the gifts and challenges of others.  I thoroughly recommend this course and the tasters to you.

Every blessing,                                                                                                                                       David

About The Parish

Last month we left Scott ready to form his party to take on the final lap of the journey to the South Pole.  He kept a log of the tragic events which were to unfold, which, together with letters and documents left by his companions, tells us the fate of these very courageous men.  In setting off, Scott made another bad decision.  His original intention was to take a party of four but he decided instead to take five.  These were Scott, Lawrence “Titus” Oates, Edgar Evans, Edward Wilson and Henry "Birdie" Bowers.  The party set off on 4 January 1912 and the extra man immediately caused problems.  The single tent was meant to take four men and five gave them limited space and insufficient ground sheeting to permit everyone to lay clear of the frozen ground.  Food rations for four had to stretch to five and meals took longer to prepare.  The weather deteriorated alarmingly, as the temperature plummeted.  By the 12 January, they were just 40 miles from the Pole but two days later their dreams of being first to the Pole were shattered by the sight of Amundsen's black flag flying from a cairn.  The Norwegian had in fact arrived on 14 December 1911.  Scott's party had travelled 60 miles further than Amundsen's and had experienced far worse weather. 

Scott started the 800 mile return journey to base camp on 19 January and within a few days Oates was in a desperate state, with frost-bitten feet making every yard agony.  Evans had frost-bitten hands and nose.  By 31 January, Oates could no longer haul a sledge.  Evans gradually weakened until he collapsed, forcing the party to camp.  He was able to carry on another day, walking behind the others but unable to help pull the sledge.  Eventually, he collapsed again but this time he died.  No record was kept of his burial.  The party of four struggled on towards the Mount Hooper Depot, where Scott expected to find dog teams.  Arriving there on 16 March, Scott found none and, worse still, the rations were much less than he expected.  Many have been blamed for this catastrophe but the principal blame has been attached to a Naval doctor Atkinson, who later served at Haslar Hospital where his picture appears in one of the displays illustrating the history of the hospital.  He had not expected Scott to arrive at the depot until early April and had taken the dog teams to One Ton depot.  By now, Oates was in an appalling state and could not go any further.  He slept on the night of the 17 March hoping not to wake. Then next morning he woke to the noise of a blizzard raging.  Saying to his companions, “I am just going outside and may be some time”, he quietly slipped away.  The actions of an extraordinarily brave man of just 32 years!  There used to be a small exhibition about him in his village of Selbourne, which I would like to think is still there.  Does anyone know?

The party struggled on until by the 22 March they were just 11 miles from One Ton.  Scott now had a frozen foot and could not go on.  The plan now was for Bowers and Wilson to go alone to One Ton to bring back supplies.  As Bowers wrote to his mother, “God alone knows what will be the outcome of our 22 miles march.  But my trust is still in Him and in the abounding Grace of my Lord and Saviour whom you brought me up to trust in and who has been my stay through life.  There will be no shame however and you will know that I struggled to the end.”  In the event, blizzards prevented them leaving the tent and the three stayed in their sleeping bags, with no food, water or heat.  Bowers and Wilson died first because there was evidence that Scott had secured their bodies in their bags.  The last diary entry made by Scott was thought to be on 29 March.  He died alone in his 43rd year.  Just a couple of hundred yards more each day and they would have arrived at One Ton in time to survive.  One of the rescue party summed it up with the words, “Oh God!  What a twist of fate”.

These final words are by Helmet Hansen, a member of Amundsen’s great South Pole team, “It is no disparagement of Amundsen and the rest of us when I say that Scott’s achievement far exceeded ours.  Just imagine what it meant for Scott and the others to drag their sledges themselves, with all their equipment and provisions to the Pole and back again.  We started with 52 dogs and came back with 11, and many of these wore themselves out on the journey.  What shall we say of Scott and his comrades who were their own dogs?  Anyone with any experience will take off his hat to Scott’s achievement.  I do not believe men ever have shown such endurance at any time, nor do I believe there ever will be men to equal it.                Roger Bryant

Church Redevelopment Proposals – Report Summary

The Property Development Group with the assistance of North Harbour Consulting Limited and the Church architects have been carrying out an extensive consultation exercise on the sketch proposals for St Faith’s Church over a six week period in June and July 2006.  The aim was to test reaction to the vision and concepts underlying the scheme before decisions were taken about the form that the detailed proposals should take.  During this period a series of presentations were made to meetings of parishioners, users of the Church buildings, businesses, community representatives and voluntary organisations, and officers of the Borough Council.  An open air exhibition of the proposals took place in West Street on a market day and a Saturday shopping day, and other forms of communication have been used.  Two hundred feedback postcards are being handed out to the general public by volunteers organised by Havant Borough Council as part of a survey of views on the future of Havant Town Centre.  Consultation is still going on.

So far, the consultation has involved around three hundred individuals and around twenty-five groups and organisations. 

The responses have been of three different types:

§         verbal responses from around one hundred and thirty people that attended presentations of the proposals;

§         comments made by around one hundred and sixty members of the public who visited an open air exhibition of the proposals in West Street on a market day and a Saturday shopping day;

§         written feedback received from sixty-five people. 

Overall, there was a large majority of responses that were in favour of the proposals.  Of the verbal responses recorded, about 80% approved of the proposals, and about 20% were against them.  Of the written responses, 54% approved of the proposals; 19% had mixed feelings; and 25% disapproved of the proposals.  2% did not say what their views were but asked for more information. 

Only a small number of people thought that there should be no change at all in either the Church or the churchyard.  Most of those that did not like the proposals accepted that something should be done, but did not like some aspect of the proposals presented to them.  The principle of reordering the Church and/or improving the churchyard appears to be generally accepted.  However, some people disliked the proposals for inside the Church but accepted the proposals for the Chapter House and landscaping.  Others who accepted the proposals for inside the Church did not like the proposals for the churchyard and Chapter House.  The overall picture is therefore quite complex.

Within the written responses, regular church-goers tended to have different views from other people and tended to be less in favour of the scheme.   

§         65% of responses from people other than members of the congregation were in favour of the proposals, compared with 46% of responses from members of the congregation.

§         11% of people who are not part of the congregation expressed mixed feelings (perhaps liking some parts of the proposal but not others) compared with 23% of respondents from the congregation.

§         15% of people who are not part of the congregation said they did not like the proposals at all compared with 31% of respondents from the congregation.

The proposals for the interior of the Church appear to be the most controversial.  51% of the written responses that commented on the proposals for reordering the Church said they disliked them.  Most of this opposition came from members of the congregation.  The proposals to move the High Altar and Lady Chapel, and to replace pews with chairs, caused the most concern.

Proposals for the Chapter House and landscaping appeared less controversial.  63% of all written responses approved of the Chapter House while 23% were against.  Similarly, 56% approved of the landscaping proposals with 16% against.  There were three main concerns expressed about these proposals: excavation of the graveyard which a small number of respondents thought was sacrilegious and more thought it was unacceptable for historical, landscape or environmental reasons; concern over the visual impact of a new building on the south west corner of the Church; and concern over the future of the large yew tree.

A generational split was evident in the responses from members of the congregation (evidenced by references to the past or to young families, or suggested by the type of handwriting or comments made).  This suggests that older people that have been using St Faith’s Church over many years may be more likely to dislike the proposals than younger people with families.  This is not an absolute distinction however.  People carrying out the consultation recall instances of older people warmly welcoming the proposals.

There were many constructive suggestions put forward as well as a number of more critical comments. 

Looking at the responses overall, we conclude that there is considerable support for the proposals from faith, community and voluntary organisations and the general public.  However, concerns are being expressed by a significant minority of the St Faith’s congregation.  We believe that some of these concerns can be met through making adjustments to certain aspects of the proposals, and perhaps also by showing members of the congregation how successful projects of this kind have been elsewhere in terms of the Church’s mission, community involvement and improvement to Church facilities.  There is a small but vocal hard core of opposition that on the evidence of similar schemes elsewhere appears unlikely to change its mind.  Outright opposition is a minority view, but nevertheless one that needs to be understood and responded to in a sensitive manner.             

The 2006 Bishop’s Waltham Deanery Autumn Lectures

The theme of this year’s Deanery Lectures is the life of the church in the town and the country and will be held at The Paterson Centre, St. Barnabas Church, Swanmore every Tuesday from 3 October to 7 November commencing at 8pm.  Anybody interested in attending should contact Norman Chatfield, telephone 01489 891995

 

The Town Fair, as I am sure you know, was held this year on the Saturday of the Bank Holiday weekend – the 26th August.  In spite of the weather being a little wet, the day seems to have been a success and was enjoyed by most people.  The editor has asked me to provide an account for the magazine of how it all went with lessons that we should learn for next year.  I think that the best way to do this will be to produce a shortened version of the minutes of our ‘wrap-up’ meeting.  So, that is what follows.

It looks as if the final accounts will show a net income of about £3,800.  Although fund-raising is not the only purpose of the event, it is an important one.  We also want to put on an event for the community of Havant.

In general, the process used this year should still be followed in the future.  A committee needs to be formed before Christmas and decide the long term items, such as date and theme.  After Christmas this committee needs to meet monthly.  It needs to be a ‘working committee’, with members’ allocated area of responsibility.  We felt that some of the areas this year were too large and should be divided to allow easier tasks with less workload.

With the benefit of hindsight, we decided that it was not a good idea to hold the fair during the school holidays or on the bank holiday weekend.  It should be towards the end of the school term and, given the requirement for good weather, that means July.  We think that the date of Saturday, 14th July is right for next year.

We really needed a plan of the site.  There is one, but we did not know of it until after the fair.  The large gazebos loaned to us by the council were very useful in making the impact of rain less of a problem.  One improvement for next year should be to put all the food and drink facilities into one area.

The provision of various entertainments remains popular and the disco was especially well received.  It is hoped that a date in July will make it possible to invite school bands and in future avoid large payments to hire entertainments while keeping the music playing!

We need to prepare our publicity better than we did this year.  It would have been helpful to know in advance the possible locations for posters and dates of the various publicity deadlines, such as when ‘Serving You’ is published. 

Let me end by repeating my thanks to all those involved this year.  It was a large team that included many more people than just the committee members.  It also included most members of the church congregation in some way and many people outside the church, especially several representatives of Havant Borough Council.  I am not going to mention people by name in this article.  I hope that I have written to all of them by now.  If I have not, my apologies and thanks to you anyway.

David Williams  Chairman of the Committee

 

Correspondence Column

Dear Editor,

I am writing regarding the changes to St. Faith’s church and last months comments in the magazine.  The writer said St. Faith’s is primarily a place of worship and so should retain its pews.

My opinion is that worship is every­thing you do so having the church as a church hall is serving people.  I see the other writers view that St. Faiths is a place of peace in Havant and agree there should be a quiet area available to use.  The church is the people not the building.  Think about the future of St. Faith’s - what would be better an empty building or a church of people?

Yours sincerely,                                                                                       Christopher Marsh (via email)

News from Nottingham & Derby

When you start at theological college, one of the first things you all do is try to imagine each other wearing dog collars.  Obviously it’s impossible, because you all think you are normal people, so the idea of any of you ever being a priest is quite ridiculous.  But not that ridiculous: 30 St John’s students, including most of my year group, were ordained at the beginning of July and are now serving as deacons throughout the country, from Dorset to the Lake District. 

A friend and I went on an ‘ordination crawl’, taking in St Paul’s Cathedral on Saturday evening, followed by Derby Cathedral on Sunday morning.  The service at St Paul’s was huge, with 31 people being ordained, three of them from St John’s College.  After a procession accompanied by a fanfare played on bongos (superb with the 9 second echo), the Bishop of London set an appropriate tone for the service with the solemn announcement “The score is nil-nil”, for the benefit of those who would rather have been watching England’s quarter-final match against Portugal; rumour has it that the final dismissal at the end of the service coincided exactly with the penalty which knocked England out.  Not being a huge football fan, I enjoyed the service a lot and found it especially poignant, knowing that I will probably be ordained there myself next summer.

The ordination in Derby Cathedral the following morning was a complete contrast, but also lovely.  Eight people were ordained, including Liz and Simon from St John’s College, who are both now curates at St Alkmund’s Church in Derby (St Alkmund was an 8th century Mercian prince and is the patron saint of Derby).  I have started going to their café church, Alk’s Café, on Sunday evenings when I’m in Derby.  Café churches are becoming popular around the country and Simon started Alk’s Café when he was on placement at St Alkmund’s last year.  The format is very simple and informal: people sit round tables with tea, coffee and cakes; there is some singing, a talk, some discussion, sometimes a quiz and general chitchat.  There are now over 100 regulars: it is especially popular with students, who don’t necessarily want to get up for church on Sunday morning, and with people who don’t like traditional ‘church’, but who do want to explore the Christian faith.  The coffee is nice too!

Talking of coffee, Derby Cathedral is now sporting a brand new coffee area at the back, so coffee is now served in the cathedral after services, rather than in a poky room downstairs.  The building work took much longer than expected, thanks to the discovery of some human bones under the cathedral floor.  Amidst rumours of long-lost saints and grisly murders, it was eventually decided that the bones were simply evidence of the cathedral’s 1,000 year history as a parish church and burial site.

The top news of June for Derby Cathedral was the birth of some baby peregrine falcons.  Some weeks beforehand, the mother bird decided to build her nest on the cathedral’s tower (it claims to be the second tallest perpendicular church tower in England, so she chose well); a nesting platform was then provided and various bird-protection orders were issued by the Derbyshire bird police; armies of bird-watchers arrived on the green behind the cathedral and have become a permanent feature.  Eventually, three chicks appeared.  Hundreds of people watched the chicks making their maiden flights: one ended up flat on its face in a car park and another crashed into a pub wall, but they all lived to fly another day.  Not to be outdone, the local pigeons have been taking more of an interest in the cathedral, and one joined us (inside) for a whole Sunday morning.

Having completed my two years of ordination training, I’m now based back at home for the next year, doing research into Christmas carol services in cathedrals.  I’ll still be working at Derby Cathedral and visiting other cathedrals, and also going to college in Nottingham fairly frequently, so it promises to be an excitingly mobile year. 

So this seems a good time to close ‘News from Nottingham & Derby’

Rachel Phillips  (niece of Alan Hakim)

Rachel will be preaching at Sunday Eucharist on 8th October, our St. Faith’s Patronal Festival.

 Enneagram Taster Sessions are being run on:

9th October at The Ark, St Peter’s, Hayling Island.

8th November at St James’ Church Hall, Church Path, Emsworth.

16th November at Church House, The Pallant, Havant.

All evenings start at 7:30pm

To register or for more information call the Rector on 9248 3485

 

Running of the Bulls Festival

I was in Pamplona on 5th July this year – not for the annual Running of the Bulls Festival but for an alternative festival, the Running of the Nudes.  Our aims: to bring attention to the cruelty of the Running of the Bulls and Bullfighting, to show everyone that you can have a fun-filled fiesta and attract crowds, and therefore bring money into the town without torturing and slaughtering poor defenceless animals.  The worst thing that can happen for bulls slaughtered in the ring is for good people like us to stay quiet – evil thrives when the Good stay silent.  We were over 1000, but the end result was a tremendous success for the bulls.  Our nude run sparked incredible international media interest.  By picking up placards, raising our voices, dancing, singing and, yes, taking our clothes off, which took courage, we persuaded the world’s newspapers and television and radio stations to discuss whether or not cruelty is a tradition that should elicit pride in the people of Pamplona.

The majority of Spaniards are not in favour of bullfighting.  The Catalonian parliament will be voting in September for a complete ban of bullfighting in Catalonia.  The Running of the Bulls is simply the beginning of the whole festival, the bulls are forced to stampede through the town, by being prodded and goaded with electric rods, often injure themselves on the cobbled streets, are terrified by the screaming crowd, and reach the point of exhaustion prior to meeting their fate in the bullrings.  It is no fun to see an innocent, crazed animal tortured before a screaming crowd of people, who should be hanging their heads in shame.  Do not support this hellish business, which decent people are working to end.  Handlers weaken the bull for days before the bullfight.  They put laxatives in his food, and heavy sandbags on his back.  They file his horns down to the tended quick and they drug him.  In the ring, they drive lances into his back and neck muscles, so he can’t lift his head, or they cut the tendons in the back of the neck.  They rub petroleum jelly in his eyes so he cannot see properly.  By the time the matador appears, the bull is weak from blood loss and dizzy from being chased in circles.  Some brave matador.

Bullfighting is a tourists’ problem.  50% of British holidaymakers visit a country that holds bullfights every year.  More tourists from Britain visit Spain and France than any other nation, and we are the second most popular visitor to Portugal.  Yes, bullfighting is prevalent in France, Spain, Portugal and the Americas, but it relies heavily on tourists attending bullfights or spending money in towns that have permanent bullrings.  Tourists have the economic power to send the message loud and clear – torturing animals for sport is wrong, and we will no longer help to support this bloodbath.  What we can do: boycott towns that have permanent bullrings – you know that Pamplona is one of them.  Contact the tourist board of towns with permanent bullrings – tell them you will not be visiting them while they still support the bullfighting industry.  Visit bullfighting-free towns and countries, of which Barcelona is already one.  Tell your family and friends; there are, for example, many permanent bullrings in Andalucia, Castilla-La Mancha, Extremadura and Madrid.  I have a comprehensive list.

We all have the power to help stop this bloodbath.  Remember: evil thrives when the Good do nothing.

Helena Youle

Information sources: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals & League Against Cruel Sports

From the Registers – September

7th Funeral of Ida Hayles

25th Baptism of Jack Robert Girling

 The Longcrofts – And There’s More!

We have received the following e-mail from James L Phillips-Evans, a trainee solicitor in true Longcroft style!  “I regularly check the Havant parish magazine online since I discovered a potted history of my ancestors the Longcroft family in one of the past issues.  Having checked the June 2006 issue I discovered Roger Bryant’s piece about the family in response to the e-mail from Allan P Gray of Texas.  While I cannot help him with his own family directly, I do have something to add.  The Longcrofts have another Jamaica connection besides the brother of Mary Ann Elizabeth Reynolds who married George Harffly Longcroft in that Captain Edward Longcroft RN was married in Jamaica to Elizabeth Baylis in 1782.  It is not known for certain how Edward Longcroft fits into the family but it is thought that he was the son of Robert Longcroft, eldest son of Thomas and Mary Longcroft of Portsmouth whose children Mary (wife of John Moody, Lord of the manor of Havant) and Thomas established the family in Havant.  Captain Edward Longcroft and his Jamaican wife had three children and when Edward returned to Havant in the 1790s he is said to have had his black servant Rosetta baptised in Havant parish church.  He then moved to West Wales where he founded another branch of the Longcroft family, equal in status to their Havant cousins.  I do not know anything more else about Edward’s presence in Jamaica or his wife’s family so perhaps Mr Gray would be interested in this little snippet as he may be aware of the Baylis family of Jamaica.  I should therefore be grateful if you could forward this e-mail to him and/or feature an update in the August 2006 issue of “Faith Matters”.  Thank you”.

The August issue was already on its way to the printers but our editor, Colin, sent a copy of the e-mail to Allan who responded as follows:  “Thank you very much for your e-mail and the enclosed message concerning the Longcrofts and Reynolds of Havant.  I don’t know about the Baylis family but I did “google” Captain Edward Longcroft and was interested in his story.  Life was full of adventure in those days it seems, at least if you were among the privileged.  A lot of time spent travelling from one remote spot to another with much risk of misadventure which is what happened to my Charles Reynolds and family on their way home to Britain from Jamaica.  All very different from today as I sit here in my air conditioned room sending instant messages half way round the world.  Hurricanes still come around though as we know very well in this neighbourhood, usually not as far as Austin – we get tornados!  Very nice to hear from you and thanks again.   Allan P Gray”.

So there you are dear reader, over to you – has anyone anything more about this family for Colin? 

Roger Bryant

Father John Beaumont RIP

Father John was a great friend of St Faith’s and the memory of this remarkable man will always remain with his many friends in this church.  The story of his life is an inspiration.  He was born in Warsash and he never lost his love of the water and his little boat Mr. Wu which he purchased in his youth for just £4.  He sailed it throughout his active life.  Yet it was on the land that an event occurred which is always associated with him; an event mentioned in books and featured in television interviews.  He was in the Army in 1940 during World War II, when he was captured by the Germans in France.  He made several successful escapes over the next few years but never quite evaded recapture.  In 1943, his exploits qualified him to be imprisoned by the Germans in Colditz Castle which was considered to be escape-proof!  He proved the Germans wrong and was one of a very few men to achieve the near-impossible by escaping from Colditz.  Unfortunately, he was recaptured a few days later.

After the war, he settled into civvy street.  1951 was a special year for him.  He married Angela, was ordained and went to St Mark’s North End as an Assistant Curate.  In 1954, he became Priest in Charge of St Francis, Leigh Park.  There was only one snag; the Council were yet to build a church for the new parish.  However, they gave Father John a large council house and he converted the bedroom into a chapel!  He attracted so many people to services that they had to sit all down the stairs.  Eventually, he managed to obtain a Nissan hut which he converted into a church.  In 1959, he became Vicar of Hayling Island.  His predecessor said to him, “No problems here with boundaries.  If you get wet feet, then you are out of the parish!”  In 1974 he became Vicar of Droxford until retiring in 1990.  In recent years he was in poor health but the wonderful Angela was at his side to give him love and support.  Angela has been a Bellringer at St. Faith’s for many years and has contributed much to this church.

Father John once told the story of how he was captured by the Germans together with 30 French, Belgium and British soldiers and put in a barn.  A French soldier mentioned it was Sunday and they could take Mass if there were a priest present.  An English voice said, “I am a Methodist priest.  Will I do?”  Using some potatoes as wafers and water, the prisoners of all different denominations cele­brated Mass.  Father John contrast­ed this with Colditz some three years later where padres conducted separate services!  His story tells us much about a remarkable priest.  Our love and prayers are with Angela and her lovely family.                                                                 RHB

 

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