Friends of the Cardinal Hume Centre are to attend a special anniversary Mass this evening, giving thanks for life and legacy of Cardinal Basil Hume, our charity’s founder. The event is being celebrated by Bishop Nicholas Hudson, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster and a trustee of the Centre, with music provided by Clare Dawson, Director of Music at the London Oratory School. It is taking place at the Sacred Heart Church on the Centre’s premises in Westminster.
This year’s Thanksgiving Mass marks 19 years since the passing of Cardinal Hume, who set up the Centre in 1986 in response to the growing number of homeless people and badly housed families in the community. Over the past three decades the Centre has extended its services, reaching out to the growing number of people living in poverty or at risk of losing their home, while remaining true to the Centre’s longstanding ethos – to provide a warm and non-judgmental, along with practical support, to those who come to us for help.
Cathy Corcoran, Chief Executive of the Cardinal Hume Centre said: “Our annual Thanksgiving Mass is a time for us all to remember the deep compassion of our founder, Cardinal Basil Hume, and his steadfast determination to help individuals and families living in desperate situations. It is also an opportunity for us all to reaffirm our commitment to the Centre and recognise that, by working together, we can help those people in need to turn their lives around.”
The Mass will be followed by a reception at the nearby St Stephen’s Church on Rochester Row. Attendees will be able to bid farewell to Cathy Corcoran OBE, who is stepping down from her role as Chief Executive at the end of June, and to meet with her successor George O’Neill who will be joining the Centre on 2 July.