The Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Revd Bernard Longley, visited us on Thursday 11 October to mark the week which has seen the feast day of our founder, Blessed John Henry Newman. Archbishop Bernard and his secretary, Fr Dominic Cosslett, drove down from Birmingham to the furthest-flung part of his huge diocese to celebrate Mass in the theatre with the children from Years 3 to 8. In his homily he reminded us what a privilege it is to have such a great man as our founder. He also spoke about how Blessed John Henry was a friend to the people of Birmingham in his own day and how he was a great thinker and teacher. The archbishop made much of his crozier pointing out how one end can be used by the shepherd to catch the sheep or perhaps to stop them running off out of control. The other end, the sharper end, can be used to chivvy the sheep along. Before giving us his blessing at the end of Mass, His Grace presented badges to this year’s two senior servers, Gabriele Bowers and Roos Vermoote. He then toured the school, looking in on various activities and classes and joined the children for lunch. It was a wonderfully happy day.
- Father Ken