The Company has been Patrons of St Michael, Cornhill for just over half a millenium. The present incumbent, since 1998, is Rev Peter Mullen. For further details see http://www.st-michaels.org.uk/
We recently discovered that his fortieth anniversary of ordination occurred this autumn. It was decided to celebrate this auspicious event by holding a celebratory church service followed by a reception at Drapers' Hall. The other livery companies associated with St Michael's, Cornhill - Merchant Taylors, Cutlers, Woolmen, Air Pilots and Navigators, Chartered Secretaries, Fuellers, and Water Conservators - also asked to be involved in, and generously contributed to, the evening's celebrations.
The first part of the evening was a splendid mass, which featured some of Peter's particular Mozartian favourites, beautifully sung. At the conclusion of the service we then moved to Drapers' Hall. There was a wide attendance of the livery companies involved and the congregation of St Michael's.
In a short speech during the reception with I took the liberty of comparing Peter to Blessed John Henry Newman, of whom he is a great admirer. I know he would be far too modest to want to do this in any way but I felt it was only right to point out that both are men determined faith. It is also a certainty that determined faith will often result in uncomfortable situations and it is certainly a difficult personal path to follow. But, and looking round those who had come to the service and the reception, it was clear to be such a protagonist in life’s spiritual struggle wins great admiration, respect and friendship.
An evening that was both spritual and enjoyable and brought the wider City community together.