Sacred Heart Parishioner Awarded International Fellowship

Councillor Ben Curran, a parishioner of Sacred Heart Parish in Hillsborough, Sheffield has been announced as one of the recipients of the prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship 2017-18, awarded by the German Marshall Fund of the United States.   The Marshall Memorial Fellowship is German Marshall Fund’s flagship leadership development programme.  It is awarded to exceptional leaders from all sectors, including business, government, and civil society.  Selected fellows engage in six months of preparation designed to enhance their understanding of transatlantic relations, before embarking on twenty-four days of policy immersion across the Atlantic.   Councillor Curran was appointed Cabinet Member for Planning and Development in May after serving as Cabinet Member for Finance for nearly four years.  He said, “As a big believer in lifelong learning, I am excited about the opportunity this fellowship brings.  Sheffield, like many cities across the world, faces challenges around housing, climate change and the need to build a more inclusive local economy.  This fellowship gives me the chance to witness first-hand how US cities are approaching these challenges, which will give me some great insights and ideas on how we can approach them here in Sheffield.   “I also believe that Sheffield becoming more globally engaged and competitive is key to securing our economic future.  During the fellowship, I plan to lay the foundations for future collaboration to help Sheffield improve its global engagement and gain wider recognition in the international arena.”   Kevin Cottrell, Director of Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives at the German Marshall Fund commented, “German Marshall Fund has a long history of preparing leaders from the United States and Europe for transatlantic relations.  Ben has demonstrated that he is amongst the best and brightest in UK local government and is ready to step up to a new level.  We were impressed with his ambitions for global engagement, his commitment to inclusivity and his love for Sheffield.   Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said, “I am really pleased that Ben has been successful in applying to this prestigious fellowship and I was happy to support his application.  This is a great opportunity for him to learn about cities in America and to bring forward new ideas and perspectives that can benefit Sheffield.”

Golden Wedding Anniversary

Deacon Geoff Spark and his wife, Margaret, celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in Tenerife on 12 August.
  Before they left Maltby they were presented with a Papal Blessing, organised by Fr John Adikwu, parish priest of St Mary Magdalene, Maltb…

Diamond Wedding Anniversary

Congratulations to Brenda Patricia and Brian Gannon who celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on 5 October.
  They have three sons, Peter, Andrew, Patrick Michael, and one daughter, Catherine, in New Zealand with four grandchildren.  All the fami…

Celebration at Clowne

In August, the feast of the Assumption was celebrated for the last time at the Sacred Heart Church in Clowne.   Parishioner, Madeline Walker, took some photos of the celebration, including this picture, where the light appears to create a pair of angel’s wings for Bishop Ralph.

Death of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor

On Friday, 1 September Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor died just a few days after his eighty fifth birthday.   He was appointed Archbishop of Westminster in 2000 and was made a Cardinal by Pope John Paul 11 in 2001.    In 2009 he became the first Archbishop of Westminster to retire.   Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor was known for his ecumenical work.  He was awarded the Lambeth degree of Doctor of Divinity by the Archbishop of Canterbury in recognition of this work.   He was the first leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales to visit Sandringham as a guest of the Queen and preached to the Royal Family at St Mary’s church on the estate.  He also read prayers at the Queen Mother’s funeral and thus became the first Cardinal to be involved in a royal funeral since 1509.   On becoming Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor established an independent committee led by Lord Nolan to carry out a review on child protection practices in the Catholic Church.  The recommendations from the Nolan Report were carried out and provided a model of good practice beyond England and Wales.   May he rest in peace. (Photographs courtesy of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales website)