Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Monsignor Graham Leonard

Bishop Graham ordains the Vicar (second from the left) to the diaconate in 1984

The death is announced today (6 January) of Monsignor Graham Leonard, formerly Bishop of London. He was the most senior Anglican churchman to convert to the Roman Catholic Church since the Reformation.
Bishop Richard writes: "As Bishop of Willesden and then after a spell in Cornwall, as Bishop of London for ten years, Graham Leonard served the Diocese with faithfulness and a particular care for its large number of Church Schools. He will be mourned by his many friends and colleagues and our hearts go out in sympathy to Priscilla who played such a significant part in Bishop Graham's London ministry".
May he rest in peace.

St Jude's for 'Barnet Olympic Landmark'?

RESIDENTS have been asked to vote on their top Barnet landmark, which will represent the borough in the Olympics. The 2012 organisers have asked residents of all London boroughs to take part in a competition to find the icon that best represents their area. Each borough must nominate a shortlist of four landmarks, which will then be put to a public vote. The winning entries will be made into a badge being produced for each borough, to promote the Games in the run-up to 2012.

Suggestions include The Dollis Viaduct; the spire of St Jude’s-on-the-Hill, in Hampstead Garden Suburb; St John’s the Baptist Church, in High Barnet; the archer statue, in East Finchley tube station; Tudor Hall, in Barnet; Arckley Mill. in yew tree, in St Andrew's Churchyard, Totteridge; and the Toll Gate, in Hadley.

Send your choice, or choices, to