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The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School celebrated the centenary of its foundation with Mass in Westminster Cathedral on 19 September. Cardinal Vincent was the principal celebrant, along with Bishop John Sherrington and 22 diocesan priests, some of whom are past pupils of the school. The Mass was attended by students and staff past and present and music was led by the school’s brass group and Schola Cantorum. 

In his homily, Cardinal Vincent congratulated the school on its centenary, saying, 'I congratulate and thank the School for the fine traditions it has fashioned and maintained over these 100 years since its modest founding on 21 September 1914. I thank the School, and all involved in it, for its fidelity to a founding vision together with its development in response to constantly changing demands.'

The Cardinal went on to address the school community: 'Cardinal Vaughan School is both steadfast and innovative, a point of real strength in the diocesan network of schools and one willing to play its part, as called for by its motto, in loving and serving fellow Catholic schools in the Diocese.'

On the same day, one of the school’s PE teachers Chris Bailey completed his ‘Vaughan to Run’ challenge. Between 14 and 19 September, he ran the 193 miles from Cardinal Herbert Vaughan’s birthplace in Gloucester to his final resting place in the Cathedral, which was commissioned by the Cardinal. 

The funds raised will be donated to Aid to the Church in Need and the Good Shepherd Project which helps provide a place of safety and education for 990 local refugee children on the Sudanese/Eritrean border. He was joined along the route by a number of past and present pupils, staff and well-wishers, passing through five Catholic dioceses and over thirty parishes.

For more information on the challenge, please see Donations can be made online through the Vaughan’s JustGiving page: