Clergy Night at the Catenians

Last night, Thursday 23rd January 2014, was Southend on Sea Catenian Association's annual clergy night. The Catenians is an international association of Catholic laymen which aims to foster brotherly love among members, develop social bonds among members and their families, advance the interests of the members and their dependents, assist young Catholics in their choice or pursuit of a career and to establish, maintain and administer benevolent funds. Find out more here.

We were honoured to be joined by some eminent local clergy: Fr. Joseph Whisstock of St. Helen's, Westcliff-on-Sea, Fr. Jeff Woolnough of St. Peter's, Eastwood, Fr. Basil Pearson of Our Lady of Lourdes, Leigh-on-Sea, Fr. Gerry Drummond of St. Teresa's, Rochford, Fr. John Corbyn of Our Lady of Good Council, Wickford, and Fr. James Mackay from Our Lady of Canvey, Canvey Island.

Our illustrious and benevolent leader, EL PRESIDENTE PAUL F. ABBOTT, has, in his capacity as the circle's official photographer, forwarded several pictures of the evening to share:

Roderick Hunter socks it to them.

We had the pleasure of an address from my good friend, and local assistant head teacher, Mr. Paul Healy.

Mr. Michael Barry addresses the Brothers

Fr. Gerry Drummond gives a vote of thanks

Fr. Jeff Woolnough gave a wonderful speech

A most enjoyable, holy and fraternal evening was had by all and we very much look forward to the next event. It is a great thing to be able to associate with other Catholic men, I think the association allows us to offer each other tremendous support. Every time I attend I am impressed by the way the speeches and talk centres around our faith, how we are grateful for it, and the work we carry out together in our separate parishes within the deanery and diocese.

Deo gratias.

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