Converts' Aid Society, The

Established in England, in 1896, by Cardinal Vaughan, at the express wish of Leo XIII. Its principal purpose is to provide material assistance to necessitous convert clergymen of the Established Churches of England and Scotland, and of other Protestant denominations in Great Britain. The society's work is not limited, however, to giving financial aid; it has an employment bureau, and efforts are made to secure suitable positions for its clients. In the case of unmarried men who appear to have a vocation for the priesthood the society defrays the expense of their temporary sojourn in a religious house, and afterwards facilitates their proceeding to the Beda College in Rome, or to one of the British seminaries. In 1929 as many as 100 convert clergymen, having been ordained, were engaged in priestly duties in Great Britain. More recently the society has enlarged its scope so as to extend aid to convert Anglican nuns, of whom there is an increasing number. In many instances the society is instrumental in finding Catholic friends for those who by heroically following the call of conscience have forfeited former friendships, one of the trials of most converts; it helps to educate the children of married convert clergymen, and arranges temporary hospitality for whole families. The society concerns itself only with those who have actually been received into the Church.

The Society has since changed it's name to the Saint Barnabas Society.

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