1950: IER on the launching of ‘The Furrow’
From the reviews section of the Irish Ecclesiastical Record, March, 1950:
THE FURROW. Vol. I, No. 1. Naas: ‘Leinster Leader.’ February, 1950. Price 1s. 6d.
It is now a month since the inaugural number of The Furrow (see here – Shane) made its appearance, and great numbers of our clerical readers will already have studied its contents and heard and taken part in the discussions that the launching of a new periodical of special interest to the clergy must have aroused. The Editor’s foreword stresses inter alia two aims: to provide an opportunity for the pooling of pastoral experience in varying conditions of the ministry and so ‘give valuable help to all who are charged by God to keep His field,’ and to encourage our younger priests to become ‘men of the pen’ in God’s service. These cardinal points in the programme of The Furrow commend the publications most strongly — to implement these ideals is to contribute notably to the work of the Church. What is implied in these high aims is set forth in detail by Most Rev. Dr. D’Alton, Archbishop of Armagh, in a message wishing The Furrow blessing and success. The remainder of the contents excellently illustrate the two aims referred to.
The Furrow opens auspiciously. We welcome it warmly to the field of Catholic literary activity and cordially wish it an ever-widening, ever-deepening sphere of influence.
P. J. H.*
*i.e., Mgr. Patrick J. Hammell