Thank you for your support for Saint Patrick’s Evangelisation School this year, particularly as we have been ‘homeless’ since April as the long-awaited restoration works have begun in our church and basement, forcing us to rely more than ever on the Lord’s providence and guidance.
We have just finished our eighth year of the School, with five young women graduating on 15th June at a Mass celebrated by Bishop Alan Hopes, in Notre Dame de France Church,
Our building work has forced us to take stock of our situation, as since April we have been ‘making do’ with a variety of temporary and inadequate facilities as the School has been evicted from its classroom, chapel, offices and dining room. While the students have coped magnificently, it seems that it would not be possible to give the same experience to our students next year as we have always endeavoured to provide in the past. Therefore it is with a heavy heart that we have decided not to run the School as a full-time programme for new students in 2010-2011.
I fully intend, however, that the work that we have been doing – evangelisation, forming young Catholics, being a praying presence in the heart of
The restored church and new parish centre are on course to be reopened by Archbishop Vincent Nichols on 31st May 2011. Exact details will follow, but I do hope that you can put this date in your diaries now.
God willing, the School should open the doors of its new purpose-built facilities to the next cohort of students in October 2011. Therefore our recruitment process will continue.
I hope that you will continue to support SPES, particularly with your prayers in this time of transition. We keep you in our prayers.
Yours in Christ,