700th Meeting, Mass and Ladies Post-circle, Monday 12th September 2016, Hope University, Liverpool

700th Meeting, Mass and Ladies Dinner
Monday 12th September 2016

Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park, Liverpool

The South Liverpool Circle marked their 700th Meeting with Mass in the Chapel of Liverpool Hope University, celebrated by the Archbishop of Liverpool, the Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon, prior to the meeting and Ladies Post-circle Dinner:

126 people, Brothers (including 36 visiting brothers), Ladies and Guests attended.

The Circle Guests were: Archbishop McMahon, Professor Gerald Pillay, Vice Chancellor, Liverpool Hope University, National Vice President Peter Rogers and Joan Rodgers, Provincial President Peter Morris and Gwyn Morris and Director Peter Devine and Jill Devine.

 Four priests, guests of brothers, concelebrated Mass with Archbishop McMahon, who was assisted by Deacon Jim Byrne (St Helens Circle). The Archbishop in his homily congratulated the Circle on its 700th meeting and praised the Catenians for their ethos of faith, friendship and family through Catholicism. Brother Andrew Sharples (South Liverpool Circle and church organist) played the organ, with Meghan Finch and Elizabeth Hart singing solos for the Psalm and hymns. The Mass was a fitting and wonderful start to the evening

The Ladies and Guests attended a reception in Our Place, the modern hospitality area of the University, whilst the Brothers held the 700th meeting.

All came together for a four course dinner in the restaurant; an excellent meal, prepared and served by the university catering team.

After dinner, Professor Gerald Pillay, gave a formal welcome to the University to the Catenians, Ladies and Guests and in particular to President Jim Burke, who had been the Rector of Liverpool Institute of Higher Education – the precursor of Hope University.

President Jim Burke then proposed the toast to our Ladies and Guests, reflecting on the history of the South Liverpool Circle and Liverpool with all the changes in the intervening years. National Vice President Peter Rogers replied on behalf of the Ladies and Guests, thanking the Circle for its welcome and success in maintaining and promoting the association.

The evening was a significant event in the history of the South Liverpool Circle marking the continuing progress of the Circle and an outstanding event, enjoyed by all.


The Brothers of South Liverpool (164) with National Vice President Peter Rogers, Provincial President Peter Morris and Provincial Director Peter Devine

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