National Ecumenical Officer and Secretary of the Department of Dialogue and Unity of the Bishops' Conference of England & Wales (and formerly Dean of St George’s Cathedral, Southwark), Rev Canon John O’Toole MA, AKC, Cert.Ed recently showed us a book authored by a friend, Canon William Clements KHS.
Published this month, it is titled 'A Priest's Tale' and offers a fascinating account of Canon William's life, including a visit he made to an Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) hostel in Bombay during his time in the Royal Navy. Here's an extract from page 42 in Chapter 9;
"In Bombay, I remember visiting the Cathedral, and being greeted graciously by a tall young Indian priest, Father Gracias, who, much later, became Cardinal Archbishop of Bombay. I remember also my visit there to the Apostleship of the Sea, with nice meals, friendly relaxation, a good night's sleep, and, above all, a chance to meet a priest who had time for a chat, and also to go to Confession if I wished."
Times may have changed, but AoS' support and care for seafarers all over the world remain constant.
* Monsignor Gerry Ewing is the distribution agent for the book, which retails at £7.50. Copies can be obtained by sending a cheque made payable to Holy Ghost Parish for £10 (including postage and packing) to Holy Ghost Parish Office, 27 Nightingale Square, Balham, London SW12 8QJ. All proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the Southwark Clergy Support Fund Campaign for Sick and Retired Priests.