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Thursday, March 30, 2017
Manchester: centenary celebrations for Catenians
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¬†Catenians from all over the world, along with their families and friends attended the centenary Conference of The Catenian Association in Manchester from 14 ≠ 18 May 2008. The Annual Conference is the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Association. Over 2000 people from all over the United Kingdom, Australia, Zambia, South Africa, the Channel Islands and the Republic of Ireland, enjoyed the celebrations, which commenced with Mass in, packed to capacity, Salford Cathedral at which the Principal Celebrant was The Rt Reverend Terrance Brain, Bishop of Salford. Mass was followed by a Centenary Dinner at the Midland Hotel, hosted by Manchester Circle, the first Circle of the Association, where it all started back in 1908. In the afternoon of the following day, at The Palace Hotel, the original venue of Manchester Circle, a Centenary Meeting was held with Catenians representing every Province and Area in the Association in attendance. Catenians received a warm Manchester welcome at a Civic Reception on the Friday evening from Manchester's Lord Mayor, Councillor Mavis Smitheman The installation of David Taylor, as the 79th Grand President of the Catenian Association took place at the Conference, in the Bridgewater Hall on the Saturday morning. Accepting his appointment in high office David reflected on the gift of friendship, which Catenians give to one another and the support they find within the Association. Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP, formerly Master General of the Dominican Order was the keynote speaker at the Conference. He addressed the gathered members of the Association on courage and the value of the family and family life in today's increasingly secular society. In order to cater for the large numbers there were three social events that took place on Saturday evening. The first 'The Centenary Banquet' was hosted by David Taylor at the Midland Hotel and one of the guest speakers was His Eminence Cormac Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor. Joe McNally, Grand Vice President of the Catenian Association hosted the 'Centenary Carnival Dinner & Dance' at the Palace Hotel whilst over at the Manchester United Football Club, Phillip Gidman, immediate Past Grand President of the Catenian Association hosted the evening, which began with a tour of the clubs museum, which includes the KSG uniform of Sir Matt Busby. The weekend culminated in the Bridgewater Hall with High Mass, Celebrated by His Eminence Cormac Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor and attended by almost 2,500 people. The Cardinal took as his sermon theme the Catenian motto, "Strengthening the Family through Faith and Friendship", emphasising the key role the family plays in a healthy society. The Conference was a resounding success and a fantastic platform from which the Catenian Association has launched its year of celebration. Manchester was the ideal place for the launch back where it all started. For more information see:
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