Collection NTM - Northampton Diocesan Travelling Mission - Fr McCormick

Fr McCormick to RCDEA Archives: Annotated images of Altar #4 County Boundaries Two venues "Busilica" images montage Bus "The Busilica" montage Altar, man, boy Mission Altar, bar area Mission Altar, hut area Mission Altar, hall area Mission Altar, 2 boys, domestic setting[?] Bus - Madonna and Child oil painting close-up Mass inside the Travelling Bus Chapel - press cutting Group, inside Church Mission Van interior Mission Bus interior First Pre-Vatican II portable altar First Pre-Vatican II portable altar (2) Travelling mission vehicle loaded [plus loading key] Travelling mission vehicle unloaded [plus loading key]
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Reference code

GB ARCHON 2913 NTM

Title

Northampton Diocesan Travelling Mission - Fr McCormick

Date(s)

  • c1949 to 2011 (Creation)

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Collection

Extent and medium

1 folder

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Name of creator

(1956-2015)

Biographical history

1956: ordained
1959-1975: Northampton Travelling Mission
1975: Parish Priest in Diss
2003: retired from Diss
2015: died

Name of creator

(1940-1970)

Biographical history

Bishop: Appointed on 14 December 1940 and consecrated on 11 February 1941. Resigned on 17 January 1967.
Titular Bishop of Magarmel. Resigned the titular see on 7 December 1970.
Died on 25 March 1975.

Archival history

Accession material was collated by Fr McCormick as a record of his Mission and deposited with the RCDEA Archives.
Additional material held in CH1

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited with the Archives via Fr Bagstaff.
RCDEA Archives

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Scope and content

In post-war Britain, many parts of the Northampton Diocese, having no Catholic Church or School, were considered "missionary territory" so a Travelling Mission based in Burnham was launched by Bishop Parker in 1949. This scheme had first been used by the Catholic Mission Society in 1911 and then adopted by various Dioceses in England.

Fr Anthony Hulme (later Canon Hulme), Northampton's first Travelling Missioner, used an Austin Countryman to tow a trailer which was a mobile chapel. The trailer, named St Christopher, accommodated some twenty worshippers. The van itself, without the trailer, could be used for open-air Mass by simply lowering the bottom half of the rear door which then became a platform for a small altar.

Fr McCormick joined Fr Hulme in 1959 and in 1960 he was in sole charge when Fr Hulme was sent to Bedford. Fr McCormick used a Land Rover as the van was not up to the job of 30,000 miles per annum. Neither was the trailer and it was retired when it became too decrepit. However, Fr McCormick designed and refitted a Leyland single deck bus as a mobile chapel.

The material in this collection was presented by Fr McCormick to the Diocesan Archives in both Northampton and East Anglia. His covering note [undated] stated: "With feelings of mortality I have gathered together what records remain of my seventeen years of Travelling Mission work. Unfortunately, I didn't keep everything but thought it might be a good idea to put together what survives for the Diocesan Archives of Northampton and East Anglia. I also thought that those who remember the olden days would like a copy. No doubt it could be said that I am blowing my own trumpet!"

Additional material dating from 2010 was held in box CH1 and has been incorporated into this collection.

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Little of the material is original - mainly copies.

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NTM

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Note

The archivist at Northampton Diocese confirms that additional documentation is held by them including contemporary reports on Mission activities in the Diocesan Magazine, financing, and lists of donors and subscribers.

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Draft

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Minimal

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