Changing Times, Changing Needs


Changing Times, Changing Needs, A History of the Catholic Children’s Society (Westminster)

“Jim Hyland is to be congratulated in bringing together in such a readable and informative way this history of the Catholic Children’s Society (Westminster).”

Archbishop Bernard Longley, Previously Chairman of the Catholic Children’s Society (Westminster)

A readable and informative new book “Changing Times, Changing Needs, A History of the Catholic Children’s Society (Westminster)”, written by Jim Hyland has just been published. Created from the extensive archives of the Society, the book documents 150 years, not just of the Society’s history, but places it within the wider context of the developments within the Church, including the impact of the Restoration of the Hierarchy and the influence of the Second Vatican Council. Running alongside this are the changes taking place within the secular world and government legislation.

John Ward, who grew up in the care of the Society at St Joseph’s, was kind enough to provide us with this review.

“I have just read a copy of the above book, just released, which is a factual and fascinating story.  It is a wonderful compilation of the beginnings of child care in Westminster, from even before the creation of the Crusade of Rescue, right up to the present. It covers all the Homes that were established by the various organisations, the child emigrations to Canada and Australia, and you will even find a photo of Blaisdon Hall on page 70.

Once I started to read it, I found it very difficult to put it down.  I will now treasure this book and keep it for my children and grandchildren, as reflecting a part of my own childhood. The author, Jim Hyland, has made a painstaking effort to include both the good, and even the bad, to ensure that it is a true record.  He has included all the main parties, the Cardinals and heads of the various associations throughout history.  It is full of many photos and of stories of just how hard it was to fund the work for babies and children that these bodies were, and still are, determined to do.

I highly recommend it to you.”


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