Bishop Nicholas Hudson, who is a trustee of the Cardinal Hume Centre, celebrated a special anniversary Mass on Wednesday 27th June at Sacred Heart Church, Horseferry Road, to give thanks for the life and legacy of Cardinal Basil Hume.
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 Cardinal Hume 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 warm, non-judgmental and practical support to those who come looking for help.
Speaking after the event, 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 was followed by a reception at the nearby St Stephen’s Church on Rochester Row. Attendees had the opportunity to bid farewell to Cathy Corcoran OBE, who stepped down from her role as Chief Executive at the end of June, and to meet her successor George O’Neill, who joined the Centre on 2nd July.