On Monday and Tuesday of this week the Valladolid Association held its annual meeting in Bromsgrove. On the Monday evening we had the pleasant company of Ann Widdecombe MP who spoke to us, after dinner, about the role of Christians in Parliament. This shrewd and right-thinking lady was a delight to be with, entertaining us and teaching us much about the political culture of our times.
The following day we celebrated Mass together. The Silver Jubilarians were those who had been deacons when I first came to the College in 1982 - of these five only Alan, Greg and Frank had been able to come to this year's meeting. But it was a real joy to see them again; they had been very influencial in my year group - looking after us with particular care during our first year in the seminary.
As usual we celabrated the Mass of St Alban, patron of the English College, Valladoild, in the beautiful Church of the Sacred Heart in Droitwich.