I am sure that you and your readers will have heard that there is a proposal to close Ushaw College, Durham, at the end of this scholastic year. Ushaw College has a wonderful two-hundred year history of training priests, mainly for the Northern Province of England but with students from all over the British Isles; it was founded in 1808 by refugee students and priests from Douai College in the Low Countries, which trained many young men to be priests to keep the Faith alive in England during the persecutions of the 16th and 17th centuries and to become martyrs for their faith. In my time at Ushaw, some of the traditions of Douai College were still in use at Ushaw. Ushaw College is a magnificent building with beautiful chapels, a famous Big Library and extensive grounds.
It would be a great tragedy for the English Church, not only in the north of England but for the whole country, if Ushaw were allowed to close. I cannot believe that closure is inevitable. The College is looking for business partners to promote it and to keep it in being. I pray that they may be found, and I invite your readers to join with me in prayer to that end.
Father Wilfrid Elkin