Our Lady's Mirror

Spring 1959

Fr Patten
Spring 1959 [the last edition]
This is probably the last number of the MIRROR in its present form. It has to be heavily subsidised and we can no longer afford to do so. In its new form, it will be on general sale and have a fixed price. It will probably be more of a Marian journal than a parish magazine of the Shrine, and its place in this respect will be taken by the Occasional Paper which has become the bulletin of the Friends of Walsingham and which will be extended to members of the Society and Priest Associates. The Administrator would be very glad to have articles submitted for the MIRROR on subjects concerned with the theology of Mary, her shrines and pilgrimage in general; also reviews of books on these subjects would be welcome. Probably by the time this is published the great National Pilgrimage at Whitsun will be over and the Church Union will have started on its second century in fine style. All being well, the new altar for the Holy House will be erected on May 11th, but the Holy House will have to be closed for some time before that and the image of Our Lady will be moved to the High Altar of the Pilgrimage Church. For some time the new Administrator will be single-handed and so unable to do all that he would wish. As far as possible the Divine Office will be maintained in the Pilgrimage Church and he is always glad when pilgrims join him in its recitation. Priests are invited to sit in choir. The times are: Mattins, 7 a.m.; Evensong, 5.30 p.m.; Compline, 9.30 p.m. A building in the College is being adapted as a Youth Hostel, with bunks where parties of boys will be able to stay cheaply. If this venture is a success we hope to extend these facilities and have as similar place for girls. TRIBUTE TO FR PATTEN IN THE NEW WORLD [In this issue] is a picture of a window recently installed in St Augustine's Church, Rhinelander, Wisconsin. The top portion of the window is of Our Lady of Walsingham and is given by "Friends of Walsingham" from various parts of the United States in Memory of Father Alfred Hope Patten, Restorer of the Shrine. Depicted in a medallion to the right of Our Lady and Holy Child is the Shrine Church built under Father Hope Patten's direction. To the left is a medallion of the Holy Well. Beneath are two other windows, memorials to departed members of this Parish; one of St Augustine of Hippo, the Patron of this Parish and also the Patron of the College of St Augustine of which Father Hope Patten was Superior for several years. The other window is of St Monica, the Mother of St Augustine. The windows also depict Augustine as a youth stealing pears, symbolising the evil life from which his Mother's prayers and the Grace of God saved him; and the Baptism of St Augustine by St Ambrose of Milan. We think the picture and this information might be of interest to English readers, showing that the life, work and devotion of Father Hope Patten will not be forgotten on this side of the Atlantic. The windows were designed and made by Mr Richard Heule of Cochrane, Wisconsin. The windows will be blessed in the near future by the Bishop of Fond du Lac at which blessing water from the Holy Well at Walsingham will be used. C L KIMBROUGH, Priest Associate articles: Charles Linnell, sermon at Letheringsett in tribute to Fr Patten; 'Kedington'; E M Chadwick, 'Glimpses of Spain'; 'Tribute to Fr Patten in the New World' photographs: Fr Patten [above]; Kedington Church; image and altar at Compostella; Fr Roger Wodehouse; window in St Augustine's Church, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, in memory of Fr Patten