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? to Fr Purcell: Board of Trustees asking for a response to their letter of 15 December 1909

The writer is direct by the Board of Trustees to ask for a reply to their letter of 15 December 1909. Fr Purcell is asked what arrangements he has made regarding the properties from which he receives rent. The writer call to Fr Purcell's notice that if the properties are not kept in good repair then "Mr Pauling, the great benefactor of your mission may cease to take further interest in the work at St Ives".
[The letter ends at this point - it is an unsigned draft]


Bishop Clark to Fr Kerby: Inter-communion and Church law

Just back from Peru. This legislation will probably be more strongly urged in near future - that non-Catholics may not approach Catholic altars for Holy Communion. The Bishop explains this further. On Confession his advice is to leave as is for now, until there might be a reiteration of more restrictive legislation from Rome. At which point you will have to tell the lady the this permission no longer obtains. The bishop says he ought to let Fr Kerby know that John Drury is grateful to the people of St Ives.

Clark, Alan Charles Rev DD (1919-2002)

Bishop Clark to Fr Kerby: Not sufficiently convinced to grant an exception for a Mass at Papworth on Maundy Thursday.

Bishop disputes that the request for a Maundy Thursday Mass at Papworth is sufficiently cogent. He would not normally grant permission in response to this request. He expects that the church should be as full as for a Sunday. However, since no time for a reply he says it is Fr Kerby's judgement on whether to go ahead or "bus" them to St Ives.

Clark, Alan Charles Rev DD (1919-2002)

Bishop Clark to Fr Kerby: Papworth Celebration - cannot make it, clashes with Diocesan Council. Acknowledges he has received letters...

Unable to attend Papworth Celebration - clashes with postponed Diocesan Council. (16 June 1932). Has received several letters (unanswered as yet) which indicate the parishioners do not find his ways as their ways. Do not take refuge in being "old-fashioned"; say Mass more warmly, more slowly, less exclusively "ex opera operato"? Grateful for your pastoral care and uninterrupted visiting.

Clark, Alan Charles Rev DD (1919-2002)

Bishop Clark to Mrs Griesen: Fr Kerby appears gruff & unsympathetic - but he's not really like that. Urges her to go see the Pope

Fr Kerby may seem gruff & unsympathetic - he's not really like that - he possibly did not know how many places the Parish would be assigned. The Vicar General, Mgr. McBride is writing to priests about the selection process. Bishop urges her to add her name and that she won't be the only one with a partner who is not a Catholic.

Clark, Alan Charles Rev DD (1919-2002)

Bishop Clark to Parishioner: Fr Kerby a devoted priest with own ideas. Bishop to consider the matter.

Bishop understand her frustration but will not comment on the details. Fr Kerby is a devoted priest but has his own ideas. Th Bishop will consider; he will not fail to discharge his responsibilities. "I ask you to continue your excellent and faithful catechetical ministry in spite of difficulties."

Clark, Alan Charles Rev DD (1919-2002)

Bishop Clark to Parishioner: Fr Kerby needs to be repeatedly told his concept of ministry is out of kilter, but he may not be convinced.

Sorry comfort in the words of Our Lady to Bernadette .. "she did not have to convince the hierarchy, she just had to give them the message and stick by its authenticity." We cannot convince Fr Kerby that his concept of ministry is out of kilter: but we can go on telling him. Bishop refers to Fr John (Drury?) being told that he lacks steel; sure that he is now making up for it in Talara. But is the congregation at St Ives too complacent? Bishop irritated that John Gardner is under employed.

Clark, Alan Charles Rev DD (1919-2002)

Bishop Clark to Parishioner: Not only one to write re Fr Kerby. Do not feel you are an outsider.

Apologies for slow reply. Not the only one to write about Fr Kerby and the change of "style" at St Ives. Fr Kerby is dedicated to his priestly vocation, whatever style reservations there may be. He needs to be "discovered" and knows his Bishop does not go along with is more idiosyncratic approaches. You are not an outsider, we are all one family despite our divisions.

Clark, Alan Charles Rev DD (1919-2002)

(Bishop) Notes on a telephone conversation with Fr Peter Wilson

Notes of a telephone conversation about Hugh Byron's Building Project.
Wilson very concerned that things must be done properly using an architect and master builder. Should not be a "botch job". Fr Byron has to be persuaded to not object to paying proper fees for work done. NB planning permission might be required. Wilson quite critical and unimpressed with Fr Byron's projected house alterations. Yes, do school. Wilson suggests Fr Drury see Fr Byron and discuss the proposals. Need a known, architect e.f. Julian Limitani. Also Wilson considers getting an 85% grant to improve St MAr's school building is "just not on".

Clark, Alan Charles Rev DD (1919-2002)

Bishop to Fr Byrin: Proposed renovations and alterations: Wisbech

Have spoken with Fr Wilson. You should direct your attention solely to your 66 year old school. Things have to be done properly through commissioned architects whose fees are paid and builders engaged. John Drury has been asked to discuss the proposal with you. Do not do flatlets. Not "clipping your wings" but must be certain of direction and why.

Clark, Alan Charles Rev DD (1919-2002)

Bishop to Fr Doupe: Detailed suggestions about the design / restructure of the chapel for £2000.

Bishop writes to Fr Stephen Doupe saying that there is little money for a new Church at Papworth. Not having seen the existing chapel he makes assumptions and provides a lengthy set of suggestions regarding the design and restructuring of the chapel - somewhat similar to that at Walsingham which cost far less than £2000. Porch stays; WC converted with present pipe. Herewith a photo of Walsingham church. The Bishop will be in Cambridge for December 9 to 12th. The next Finance Board meeting is on 24th November perhaps Fr Doupe could provide descriptions or a scale drawing?
Pencilled notes regarding plot size and church size.

Parker, Thomas Leo Rev (1887-1975)

Bishop to Fr Drury: Fr Byron's projects in Wisbech

Hopes that Fr Drury has recovered from his unpleasant virus infection. Fr Wilson has suggested that Fr Drury visit Fr Byron to discuss his proposals. No flats over garages. Must do things through the proper channels engaging proper architects and builders. Bishop suspects Fr Byron will get mates to do the job for him.

Clark, Alan Charles Rev DD (1919-2002)

Bishop to Fr Kerby: Visitation 23/24 May 1992. Bishop enjoys the badinage between them. Points for thinking about attached.

Bishop had an enjoyable visitation and savoured the badinage between them. Obvious that Papworth & St Ives love you and cherish your pastoral care. Some points in a separate document included in the letter [see below]. Glad Fr Kerby has £700 of Travel Vouchers for his next foray into Eastern Europe and beyond. Bishop asks Fr Kerby to look after himself more - age requires more care in regular food and sleep. Thank Ann K for excellent and succulent meals.
Visitation St Ives 23/24 May 1992
Many positive points, not least the organist. Church well groomed even if the predilection for statues is apparent. But points to consider:
1,. congregation to put their own breads into the ciborium. Tabernacle hosts reserved for the exception

  1. Find chalices for the Precious Blood - better than glasses - a generous donor?
  2. Altar server shortage. Not suggesting using girls but let it be known that he no longer feels they can be excluded.
  3. nerves happen but readings should be at a good even pace with good enunciation
  4. Sacristy very small - any way of using the rooms between church and presbytery?

Clark, Alan Charles Rev DD (1919-2002)

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