Pastoral Notes 20th July 2014

Stained glass window in St. Edward's Church with the coat of arms of Bishop YouensFounding Bishop
Friday 25th July, is the anniversary of the ordination of the 6th Bishop of Northampton in 1933, Canon Laurence Youens. He was born at High Wycombe, Bucks. in the south of the diocese on 14th December 1873 but ordained priest on 3rd June 1901 at Choubrah, Egypt, joining a Society of African Missions. This did not last long! He taught in Egypt but returned to England in 1902, becoming an assistant priest in High Wycombe, then Rector of the then Shefford Boys’ Home in Bedfordshire. He restored the Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham (then part of our diocese) but died at Northampton 14th November 1939, and was buried at Belmont Abbey, Hereford. The stained-glass window by the confessionals in St Edward’s has his coat of arms as he was the bishop who launched the building of our (new) St Edward’s. The grill on which St Laurence, Martyr, was burned, is shown, with a Yew Tree, a play on the bishop’s name. The symbols of Our Lady and St Thomas Becket, patrons of the diocese, are also included.