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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Cardinal launches Plater College campaign
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¬†A fundraising campaign to develop the work of Plater College, Oxford, was launched by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor in the Throne Room of Archbishops House, Westminster, last night. About 180 supporters attended the reception, including the leader of the Liberal Democrat party, Charles Kennedy MP; Lady Cumberledge, Lord and Lady Hylton, Michael Walsh, Lord and Lady Guthrie and Sir Sigmund Sternberg. With Cherie Booth QC, as the appeal's honorary president, Plater College is hoping to reach a target of £2,500,000 in order to upgrade accommodation and teaching facilities and provide a new short course centre. £1,000,000 has already been secured in a joint venture between the College, the Catholic Women's League and the Learning and Skills Council. In his opening speech, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor described how Plater College was providing educational opportunities for people who had missed out on education "the first time round". He told ICN: "Plater College is a marvellous Catholic institution with its foundations firmly rooted in Catholic social teaching - which is one of the secrets of Catholic church. I wholeheartedly support its work." The principal, Robert Beckinsale described how Plater had been established in 1921, as the Catholic Worker's College, (the name was changed to Plater College in 1965 to commemorate its founder, Fr Charles Plater SJ. After studying at Plater many students have continued their education and attained professional qualifications and university degrees, he said. Several had also gone on to seminaries and been ordained to the priesthood. Lord Carter, who is setting up the Friends of Plater in Parliament next March, spoke of the urgent need for modernisation and refurbishment in the student accommodation. Endorsing the work of Plater College, Sr Ellen Flynn, director of the Passage Homeless Centre in Victoria said: "In the last two years, six former clients of the Passage have succeeded in transforming their lives, thanks to the kindness and professionalism of the staff at Plater College who offered them top class placements." Charles Kennedy, leader of the Liberal Democrats told ICN: "I hope very much that the support of so many people here tonight from all walks of life will be echoed further afield and Plater College will receive the support they need to expand the very valuable work they do." For more information about Plater College visit their website at:
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