On Friday, 13 November, the College was honoured to welcome His Eminence, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and Visitor of the College. The Cardinal presided at Solemn Sung Vespers in the Chapel for the Feast of St Edmund, our College’s patron, to mark the beginning of the Chapel Centenary celebrations. We were delighted to welcome also the Bishop of East Anglia, the Right Reverend Alan Hopes, bishop of our local diocese, who is also an Honorary Fellow of the College, as well as the Catholic Chaplain to the University, Monsignor Mark Langham, the Rector of the main Catholic parish in Cambridge, Monsignor Peter Leeming, and Abbot Aidan Bellenger, former abbot of Downside, now the titular abbot of St Alban’s and a Visiting Fellow of the College. Among our guests were many prominent Catholic academics, including several former Fellows of St Edmund’s and the heads of St Edmund’s College, Ware, both prep and senior school.
lyas Khan, KSG, a Fellow-Commoner of the College and a Papal Knight of St Gregory the Great, accompanied the Cardinal and clergy in the procession into the Chapel, attired in his full regalia. The occasion saw the first use of the elegant new entrance to the Chapel, which will shortly be completed with the arrival of our new statue of St Edmund himself.
His Eminence delivered a stirring homily at Vespers much appreciated by all attending, as was his genial presence at drinks and dinner, affording an opportunity for many members of the College to meet him. In his speech at dinner, the Master emphasised that the St Edmund’s Feast marks the beginning of a year of thanksgiving and appreciation by the College to our Catholic founders for the gifts which they passed to us – notably the Catholic Chapel and the Von Hügel Institute.
The College Chapel Choir, directed by our new Director of Chapel Music, Miss Louisa Denby, and augmented with members of Vox Cantab and Selwyn College Choir, sang splendidly, plainsong and polyphony, accompanied and a capella.
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