The new retreat house, dedicated to Blessed Ralph Corby, S.J., was opened by the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle on Sunday last. The house and outbuildings were liturgically blessed by the Bishop, who then addressed from the Lady Shrine the large crowd of men who had assembled. Taking for his text, "He was in his paradise when with the poore Catholics at Durham and in the villages," a quotation from the contemporary account of Blessed Ralph's martyrdom, his lordship dwelt on the contrast between the martyr's days and our own as regards the practice of religion. Yet the present times were not without their own grave difficulties and the words " poore Catholics" might be extended to include not only those who were poor in this world's goods, of whom there were so many in that district, but also those who were still poorer in their knowledge and practice of the Faith. To both classes Blessed Ralph would lend his powerful aid, and not least through the new retreat house, whose purpose was to bring home the realities of the Faith and make them effective in daily life. The discourse was followed by solemn Benediction given by the Bishop and the singing of "Faith of Our Fathers." Tea and the viewing of the house and grounds concluded a pleasing and hopeful ceremony.
About four hundred men were present, including many non-Catholics and numbers of the clergy of the diocese. A special word of thanks is due to the members of the Catholic Women's League, who discharged the duty of preparing and serving tea for so large a number.