The Catenian Association Province 3 (North)

Events 2005-6

Province Raises Over £16,000 For Charities

Catenians in Province 3 North, which includes North, East and West Yorkshire, raised £16,631 for various charities during the year 2005-2006.

Each Circle President nominates a charity to benefit from the many fund-raising efforts and social events undertaken by the Circle throughout the year.

Among this year's nominated charities were the Sylvia Wright Trust, St Gemma's Hospice, Little Sisters of the Poor, CAFOD, Medical Aid for Africa, Overseas Plastic Surgery Association, HCPT, Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, Catholic Care, Diocesan Peru Fund, SVP, Youth 2000, Alzheimer's Society, Woodland Care Respite Centre and MacMillan Nurses.

Local schools have also received donations for prizes and the Provincial Lourdes Fund has supported students going on pilgrimage. The Ampleforth Group has sponsored a school in Zimbabwe through its links with Ampleforth Abbey.

Past Provincial President James Hagerty thanks all the Brothers, their families and friends for their great generosity and tireless efforts for others.

Deacon addresses Wetherby Circle

After their meeting in March, Wetherby Catenians were addressed by David Murray who has been attached to St. John's School for the Deaf for some 23 years as Deputy Head of Care.

After many years as a member of the Carmelite Order of Friars David decided to change to a different vocation and took up his present career at St. John's. It was only recently that he considered the possibility of becoming a permanent deacon.

The diaconate is the lowest order of the hierarchy, as well as the lowest sacramental order.

The deacon partakes of the priesthood in so far as he is the assistant of the priest and bishop. The election and ordination of the first deacons is related in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 6, 1-6). In the Old Testament the order of deacons was typified by the Levites. In early Christian times and until fairly recently it has been regarded as part of the progress to the priesthood commencing with the tonsure and the various minor orders of porter, exorcist, acolyte and then to ordination as Subdeacon, Deacon and finally the priesthood.

After the second Vatican Council it was decided to introduce the new classification of Permanent Deacon subject to new rules of celibacy but with duties which include baptism, preaching and distribution of the Eucharist. The late Bishop of Leeds Gordon Wheeler was one of the first to make use of permanent Deacons and incidentally the Diocese of Leeds was an early trail blazer in the ordination of former Anglican Clergy as Catholic priests.

After a three year course of theological studies David Murray was ordained a permanent deacon by Bishop Arthur Roche in 2004 and has been of considerable assistance to Father Ingwell the parish priest of St. Edwards, Clifford.

David was asked many questions about his duties as a deacon and what the future of the order was. He did not consider there was any possibility of permanent deacons ever becoming priests.

Tom Wrynne the Headmaster of. St. John's School, expressed the thanks of the Catenians for David's most interesting talk.


Forty and Flourishing!

40 year scroll
Director Province 3, Joe McNally (Left) presenting Kevin McDonnell of Bradford Circle with a 40 year scroll during Bradford Circle's Annual Dinner Dance on 25th March.

Wetherby takes Snuff

snuff box
Wetherby President Graham Mulley (L) receives the Snuff Box from York President Ed Sheridan

On March 23rd., 9 Wetherby brothers made a daring raid on the Beechwood Hotel in York to capture from York Circle the coveted Snuff Box. This valuable item donated many years ago by Thomas Fattorini to encourage inter-Circle visiting can be claimed by a visiting Circle which can show the presence of the highest proportion of their membership. It must remain with the winning Circle for at least one meeting after acquisition.

On this occasion the meeting was preceded by a Mass for Vocations celebrated by Kilkenny-born Father John Murphy formerly stationed in Bradford.

President Ed Sheridan welcomed 15 visitors, to which Provincial Chamberlain David Stanton replied. When the normal business was completed our resident medical advisor President Graham Mulley formally laid claim to the snuff box. Although the Chancellor had increased the duty on snuff he was confident that the medicinal value of the dust was worth the extra cost. Asked for evidence of his assertion he regretted that time would not permit him to elaborate on the subject. The box was then solemnly presented.

The unfortunate craze for masochistic quizzes is spreading far and wide. That gentle and inoffensive brother Gerard White has unfortunately succumbed to the opportunity of inflicting pain on others and subjected us to a series of question which though opening quietly and inoffensively with the river in Washington D.C. and the Queen for 9 days quickly led us into the mire of the D-Day beaches and various little-known English monarchs and places in York not well known to York brothers let alone the visitors.

When the answers were read out and the scores self assessed there arose some confusion as to the number of prizes. It transpired there were three prizes and not surprisingly three of the resident experts were the winners. The raffle was then drawn and as a fitting reward for his labours in preparing the quiz Gerard White proved to be the winner.


Provincial Quarterly Mass

Despite the inclement weather, the Provincial Quarterly Mass held at Harrogate on 14th March 2006 attracted an attendance of 62 Brothers. In his response to Brother President's welcome at the meeting following, Past Grand President John Clarke said how gratifying it was to see such a good turnout from Province overall, including the host Circle, Harrogate.


Leeds 3 Snooker Champions

snooker champs
L to R: Michael Cawley, President, Bradford Circle; Kevin Whelan and Peter Dowson, Leeds 3 Circle; James Hagerty, Provincial President

The Annual Province 3 Snooker competition for the Bob Jowett Trophy took place on 6th March at the Bradford Club, with a record 9 teams competing. A tense hush fell during the final, when Leeds and Wetherby came to a draw - and the winner was decided on a "first to pot the black" play-off. The winners (for at least the second year running) were Leeds 3, represented by Peter Dowson and Kevin Whelan.

The Tony McHale Domino Trophy

The Wetherby Circle domino contest has long been an important event in the social programme - comparable with events like the Morpeth Yard of Ale, Tynemouth Carol Contest and Leeds 3 Song Contest. Its origin is lost in history but it has been suggested that it was first held in 1977 during the Presidency of the late Tony McHale who after one Circle meeting found that no after-Circle activity had been arranged. He had the desperate notion of getting hold of some dominoes and grouping the assembled brothers into teams. The event turned out to be such a success that there was a demand for it to be repeated and it soon became an annual feature. Over time the winner was given a trophy which was strictly on loan to be returned in good time for the following year. As the inventor of the event Tony was unanimously awarded the title of Tournament Director a duty which he faithfully executed until his death some years ago. He would conscientiously go around the brothers present and gently persuade each one to join in the hilarity. He would accept no excuses for non- participation such as being from Lancashire and therefore unfamiliar with Yorkshire dominoes. Visiting brothers from other Circles would be inveigled into the mysteries of the game . They would be impressed by the almost psychic ability of the Wetherby old hands in discerning the make-up of their opponents' hand. It was even suggested that their skill was due to the strategic siting of mirrors but this was hotly denied.

After Tony's death it was decided that the Domino contest should continue but should be renamed the Tony McHale Domino Trophy in his memory. In apostolic fashion lots were drawn for the selection of his successor and the lot fell upon Brother Treasurer John Colgan whose mathematical skill were considered to make him an admirable choice.

The contest was attended by Brother Provincial James Hagerty, Brother President Ed Sheridan of York, Brother President Hugh Norwood of Wharfedale, Brother Provincial Councillor John Notley and was keenly contested. A single winner was sought and the trophy was eventually adjudged as having been won by Hugh Norwood as the player with the lowest final score. When proofs of present address and bank details had been examined the valuable trophy was eventually allowed to be removed from the Wetherby venue.


Province 3 Entertains

Ball guests

Pictured at the Province 3 Dinner Dance are Philomena McNally, Director Province 3 Joe McNally, Sorine Auchterlounie, Provincial President 3 South Peter Auchterlounie, Barbara Kelly, Grand President Jim Kelly, Trina Hagerty, Provincial President 3 North James Hagerty, Helen Clarke, Immediate Past Grand President John Clarke


Brother Provincial Vice President Peter Dowson as seen at the Provinc3 Dinner Dance at the Cedar Court Hotel Wakefield. Peter is currently an Affiliate Member Of The National Association of Toastmasters. In May Peter takes his second step on the Toasmastering ladder to become an Associate Member of NAT. He tells us he is currently available for Weddings, Dinner Dances etc. Give him a call to add that little bit extra to your event.

Rex Kirk Semi-final

The annual Rex Kirk Trophy competition continues unabated through the years. Perhaps unfairly likened to the Spanish Inquisition the question master from Scunthorpe Kevin Coyle and his assistants scorer Paul Hemingway and timekeeper Alan Leigh continue to inflict pain and suffering on the "volunteered" participants. On 9th February the teams consisted of (in alphabetic order) Halifax (Paul Bareham, Stuart Haigh and John McAdam), Sheffield 8 (Kevin McHale, Stephen Parker and Mike Campbell) and Wetherby (Graham Mulley, John Kelly and Don Cornish). Like many contests drawn from the Television screen the Rex Kirk (which is based on "University Challenge") can be assisted by devices (such as speed in pressing the buttons) which become second nature to experienced participants. It has often been said (mostly by losers) that the buttons are not reliable and are biased in favour of those who win.

41 Catenians foregathered around a roaring fire in the Painthorpe Country Club which is Wakefield's present venue and had to be ordered upstairs to the bar and meeting room with a promise of an equally warm fire. After an interesting and well conducted meeting an ample buffet was served to prepare us for the ordeal which lay ahead.

One of the many drawbacks of the Rex Kirk contest which prevents the intellectually superior from winning is the diabolic "starter" question which debars any but the team which correctly answers it from replying to the next three questions. The questions are arranged in no logical order so as to prevent a train of thought developing which might focus the mind. The final humiliation is in the third round when marks are not only awarded but also deducted with devastating effect on meagre scores.

I will say nothing of the effect on the participants of the gimlet stares of the inquisitorial panel which have an effect similar to that caused by a car's headlights on an unfortunate rabbit.

The final scores proved a little embarrassing for one of the teams - Halifax: 202, Sheffield 8: 65 and Wetherby: 18. There is obviously a need for a sophisticated system of handicapping to reduce the effect of such unbalanced and inaccurate results and no doubt the best brains of the Province will give careful consideration to the matter.

So Halifax goes forward to the final at Scunthorpe on 15 March when they will compete against Barnsley and Huddersfield.

We learnt to-night that sadly Wakefield Circle has to seek a new venue as the Country Club has been sold for redevelopment. The Wetherby team has not been sold for redevelopment.


Long Serving Wetherby Catenians honoured

Tony GaffneyFrank Rowett
Photos: Grand President Jim Kelly with (L) Tony Gaffney and (R) Frank Rowett

Wetherby Catenians met to honour two long-serving members at Wetherby Golf club on 1st February.

Tony Gaffney O.B.E. has been a member for 40 years after a long career as an engineer in local government. Born in Wales of English parents Tony, a keen golfer, is an engineer by profession and like many in local government his working life was affected by the many changes of organization inseparable from local government history. So in the West Riding County Council he enjoyed the distinguished and ancient title of Surveyor - responsible for the roads and bridges of the County. When in 1974 the West Riding became the West Yorkshire Metropolitan County Council Tony was appointed Director of Engineering Services and remained in that post until the abolition of the Metropolitan Counties in 1986. During his time with West Yorkshire Met he designed the extension of the runway at the Leeds and Bradford airport and the M62 Trans-Pennine Motorway. He also planned the computerisation of the traffic signals in Leeds

He has held many important posts in his profession having been President of the Institute of Civil Engineers and President of the Institute of Highways Engineers, Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and President of the Smeatonian Society originally founded in 1771. Its founder John Smeaton was the first to bear the title of Civil Engineer.

Frank Rowett has been a Catenian for 50 years in Scarborough, York, Halifax and Wetherby and has done much to extend Catenianism and its charitable work wherever he has been. His work has taken him across the Pennine barrier although he has remained faithful to his native county. For many years now he has lectured in York. In honour of his work in York many fellow Catenians came to be with him for this special occasion.

We welcomed Grand President Jim Kelly from Chesterfield, a member of Chesterfield and Mansfield Circles. A retired headmaster with distinguished credits after his name he is Coventry born of Antrim parentage who had made a special journey to Wetherby to convey the Association's congratulations to these two Catenians.He presented each of them with a beautifully engraved scroll to mark their long membership.

President Graham Mulley outlined the careers of both brothers emphasizing the valuable part Frank had played in the revival of York Circle which had dropped almost to extinction.

In a witty and wide-ranging speech Frank Rowett talked about his life as a Catenian and the many friends he has known some now sadly passed on. He appreciated the presence of so many Catenians especially the large number of members from York.

He also spoke of the contribution Wetherby Circle had made to the resumption of Mass in St. Leonard's Chapel, Hazlewood Castle.


Wetherby wines

At their January meeting Wetherby Catenians and their wives and visitors from all over Yorkshire were treated to what might be described as an exhilarating experience. Secretary and personal wine merchant John Kelly had invited a business acquaintance and friend of his to speak about an uplifting (and even spiritual) subject This was somewhat crudely and disrespectfully entitled "Fizz" - an altogether inappropriate name for the noble wine the speaker was to honour.

The speaker was Sean Welch, who is the Regional Sales Controller of Mentzendorff, who have been wine importers to this country since 1858. He explained that it was permissible only to describe as champagne the sparkling wine made from grapes grown in the 24 regions of France devoted to that viniculture. Many very good and certainly less expensive alternative sparkling wines were available in this country. Mentzendorff are associated with Bollinger who produce a very distinguished and popular drink.

The audience were then offered a number of different wines to taste which included three Langlois (a Saumur and two Chateau - a Cremant de Loire Brut and a Reserve 2000). These were followed by three Ayala champagnes which our programme informed us were highly praised by no less an authority than Serena Sutcliffe, the dynamic head of Sotheby's International Wine Department and a leading Master of Wine.

The selection concluded with two of Bollinger's own specialities - their Special Cuvee non Vintage and their Grande Annee 1997.

It would be misleading to say that the audience was speechless in case the expression implied excess rather than impress. His hearers were indeed impressed with Sean's manifest expertise erudition and expertise and the samples offered for tasting were unlikely to lead to excess.

President Graham Mulley expressed thanks to Sean for the pleasure he had given in a most interesting talk.


May they rest in peace

It is with great sadness that we report the deaths of Brother Jim Bottomley of Bradford and Brother Lew Hunt of York and Ampleforth.

Jim was the 'father' of the Bradford Circle and been in the Association for over 40 years. His requiem at St Cuthbert's, Bradford, on 11 November was attended by family, friends, and Catenians from throughout the Province.

Lew was a Brother of York Circle and in October was a founding Brother of the newly-formed Ampleforth Group. His requiem in Ampleforth Abbey on 31 December was attended by his family, friends, and Brothers from the Province.

Our prayers and thoughts are with Elizabeth, Margaret and their families.

Enrolments at Ampleforth

The new Ampleforth Group is already expanding. At the December meeting Brother John McKeown (City of Westminster) and Peter Howell (Sunderland) became joint members. Jim Waggott was enrolled into the Group and the Association.

We wish them and their families every happiness and many years of enjoyable membership. Other enrolments are due in January

Transfer to Wharfedale

Dominic Rose transfer

Wharfedale Circle had an eventful meeting in November, when the evening started with the annual Mass for Vocations, celebrated by Fr Smith from Myddleton Grange. At Circle, Dominic Rose transferred from Ealing Circle to Wharfedale. The evening was rounded off with a presentation from Youth2000, the President's Charity for the year.

The picture shows Dominic Rose with James Hagerty, Provincial President, Hugh Norwood, President, John Swale, IPP and Anthony Phillips and Gordon Nunn from Ealing Circle (who were there to see fair play!)

Photo - Anthony Phillips

Leeds Catenians celebrates

The pre-Advent week seemed to have been a week of celebration for Catenians in Leeds.

On the third Monday of November Leeds 3 preceded their monthly meeting by assisting at a Mass for deceased brothers in the chapel of Hinsley Hall. This was followed by another celebration - what might be called a festival of wine presented by that elegant ex-Dublin man, Charles Vize. Although Charles is better known as proficient in that mysterious specialisation known as Otolaryngology (which as you all know is merely a posh name for ear, nose and throat problems), he also professes an expertise in wines (but not to excess). So he regaled a select group who spent a pleasant hour identifying and appreciating a delicate selection of fine wines. As the samples offered were minute, expectoration was not expected and as thankfully the evening wore out before the supply of wines no one needed Charles' specialist attention.

By a remarkable coincidence City of Leeds Circle also met in Hinsley Hall on the fourth Wednesday of November (by a quirk of the calendar in the same week as the third Monday). They too assisted at Mass for deceased brothers and (let us hope this is not to be regarded as a precedent) they too indulged in a wine tasting exercise. This was conducted by that acknowledged expert in the subject, Brother John Kelly of Wetherby whose views on the subject might be regarded as somewhat intolerant by those philistines who regard wine as something that needs a dash of lemonade to make it tolerable. The brothers were carefully monitored by their excellent ladies so that any possible excess was ruled out.

Brother President Richard Hellawell thanked John for an excellent and entertaining evening and his remarks were echoed by Barry Nolan and Michael Lydon who were former presenters of a similar event.


"What is Spirituality"

Bishop Roche

It was announced in September that Bishop Arthur Roche, the Catholic Bishop of Leeds had accepted the invitation of Wetherby Catenians to give a talk on "What is Spirituality". The ministers of all of the churches in the Wetherby district were informed of the date and warmly invited to attend.

Bishop Arthur is one of the younger bishops of the Catholic Church in Britain and Ireland. A Yorkshire man from Batley he studied for the priesthood in Valladolid and was ordained priest by Bishop Wheeler for the Diocese of Leeds in 1975.

In 1978 he became Secretary to Bishop Wheeler and was at the same time chaplain to St. John Bosco School in Leeds. After his appointment as Vice-Chancellor he assumed the arduous responsibility of editing the annual Diocesan Directory.

In February 1982 he was entrusted with the organization of the Pope's visit to York a task which he performed with significant success.

After a period engaged in parish work in St. Anne's Cathedral and St. Wilfred's, Leeds, in 1991 he moved to the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome to commence a further theological course. He took up residence in the Venerable English College and in 1992 became Spiritual Director to the College.

In 1996 he was appointed General Secretary to the Catholic Bishop's Conference of England and Wales and in May 2001 he was ordained as titular Bishop and Auxiliary to Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster.

In August 2002 he was appointed Chairman of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy, a body set up in 1963 to monitor the translation of the Roman liturgy into the vernacular. It was also in 2002 that the Pope appointed Bishop Arthur as Coadjutor and in 2004 he succeeded Bishop Konstant to become ninth Bishop of Leeds.

Because of the breadth of his experience Bishop Arthur is recognised as an authority on ecclesiastical and liturgical matters.

The Chapel of St. John's School for the Deaf is a singularly attractive building. Founded in 1875 by the Daughters of Charity, a French order which has now spread worldwide, St. John's is recognized as a leading authority in this specialized field of education. Ecumenical in character the school has boys and girl pupils from many parts of the country. Boarders for whom there is accommodation for fifty are in family units. Regularly inspected, the school is highly commended for all aspects of its performance.

On November 3rd, Professor Graham Mulley, President of Wetherby Catenians welcomed the large audience composed members of the churches of the district, Catenians from many parts of Yorkshire and members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He was especially grateful to Bishop Arthur who had come so soon after his return from Rome where he had been called by the Pope with bishops from all over the world to a synod.

Bishop Arthur discussed the various possible definitions of spirituality. He proposed an interpretation of spirituality with a theistic and Christian basis. He began by repeating the prayer of King Solomon asking God for the gift of wisdom not just that based on greater knowledge of worldly things but a greater insight into God, into himself and his relationship with God so as to guide his life style and his relations with others. He went on to speak of the words of St. Paul to the Philippians and the close connection between him and Christ. The words of the "Our Father" enshrine the basic principles of Christ's teaching and form a sound basis for spiritual thinking.

The "examination of conscience" an exercise not so frequently practised to-day was valuable in producing awareness - awareness of one's own being and one's relationship to God -awareness of God's close interest in one's progress and constant nearness to us.

The great exponent of the spiritual exercise was of course St. Ignatius of Loyola who found religion and sanctity through reading the lives of the Saints when he could not find any of his usual kind of literature. The story of Christ's temptations during his forty days in the desert was an example of total self examination and battle with human weakness. There is constant reference in Christ's life to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

More modern manifestations of closeness to Christ were Mother Teresa of Calcutta and the late Pope John Paul II whose tomb is constantly visited by numerous people who believe in the closeness of the late Holy Father to Christ. Two great means of keeping close to God are prayerful reading of the Holy Scripture and constant prayer. A busy life does not preclude a prayerful life- the occasional turning to God and awareness of His presence is sufficient to maintain constant prayerfulness

Although no charge was made for the evening it was announced that a collection would be made for the work of the Wetherby Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. One of their principal objectives is the care of the poor and needy in Leeds and district. The total amount collected was £270.

Our picture shows Bishop Arthur being greeted by Professor Mulley.


Ampleforth and District Group

Ampleforth inauguration
On Saturday 29 October Grand President Jim Kelly presided over the inauguration of the first Catenian Group to be established in the UK. After Mass in the Abbey, celebrated by Abbot Cuthbert Madden, Brothers gathered for the inauguration and the first meeting of the Group.
In attendance were President Province 3 North, James Hagerty; Director Province 3, Joe McNally; Director Province 14, David Taylor, Chairman of Grand Council's Membership and Rules Committee; and Directors, officers and Brothers from other Provinces. Brother John Clarke, the Immediate Past Grand President was elected as the Group's first Chairman.
A celebratory dinner was held in the Worsley Arms, Hovingham, where Abbot Cuthbert was Guest of Honour. On Sunday there was a family lunch at the Worsley Arms. The Group - known as Ampleforth and District - meets at the Worsley Arms, Hovingham, North Yorkshire, on the first Tuesday of the month. All details from the Group's Secretary, Brother John Ridge (under Cumberland West).

40 Years Scroll for Bernard Cass

40 years scroll
Brother Bernard Cass celebrated 40 years membership of the Association at York's Circle's October meeting. Circle President Ed Sheridan thanked Bernard for his commitment to the Association and Provincial President James Hagerty presented Bernard with a commemorative scroll.

Wetherby Circle

Members of the Catenian Association from all over Yorkshire attended St. Joseph's Church, Wetherby for a Mass for their deceased colleagues. The Mass was offered by Father John Nunan the new Parish Priest who spoke about the benefits of the Catenian organization of Catholic business and professional men.

At the end of Mass outgoing President John Kelly presented a cheque for 2000 to Youth 2000 an organization which fosters interest in religion in young people.

Among those present at the subsequent meeting were Provincial President James Hagerty and other members of Provincial Council..


Scarborough celebrates 900th meeting

Scarborough Circle celebrated its 900th meeting on October 7. Over 40 Brothers attended the Circle meeting. This was followed by a celebratory dinner at the Palm Court Hotel. The principal speakers were Joe Greenan, President of Scarborough, Joe McNally, Director of Province 3 North, and James Hagerty, Provincial President.

Bradford-Wharfedale Joint meeting

A feature of September was the joint meeting of Bradford and Wharfedale Circles. Brother Director Joe McNally was in attendance. The meeting was followed by a very successful wine tasting evening led by Dom Jeremy Sierla of Ampleforth Abbey.

Barnsley Chop

serving dish
Members of the Catenian Association in the North of England have faithfully observed a long standing tradition by each year consuming a gastronomic feast based on the familiar "Barnsley Chop". Now Barnsley Chops vary enormously in size depending on the establishment providing the delicacy but the one served to the guests at the Catenian function held at Brooklands Hotel, Dodsworth this year took a lot of eating. . A jury of three distinguished Catenians faced with this enormous platter - Dominic McClafferty and Sidney MacCarlane of Lincoln Circle and Ray Travis of Barnsley and Wakefield Circles were appalled at the task before them. Their opening comment was "And this is only for one?" Their recommendation on the subject was "Bring a doggy bag next year."

I understand that they have now recovered after a lengthy period on a light diet.


Provincial President Dr James Hagerty was recently awarded a Master of Philosophy degree at York University for his thesis on the African Ministry of Archbishop Arthur Hinsley. James was acompanied at the graduation by his wife Trina and grandson Jamie, who is pictured with him.

Promenade Concert

Proms party
Brothers and their families from Bradford, Huddersfield, Harrogate and Wharfedale Circles enjoyed a Proms in the Park evening at Harewood House on September 4 2005. On a beautiful summer's evening they were treated to music of the highest quality, a firework display, and a flypast of a World War 2 Spitfire.