Mgr Richard Stork, "The saint who loved England", Westminster Catholic Record, November 2002. We had rented a house in the Westminster diocese so that he could work well and be close to us. This was Woodlands in Courtney Avenue, Hampstead. The house belonged to a Jewish couple, Mr and Mrs Joseph Vegoda. There he did a great deal of writing and used it as a base to visit all parts of the country.
The day after his arrival, Tuesday, 5 August , St Josemaria said Mass for the first time in England in an oratory that had been set up in the house. The Blessed Sacrament was reserved in the oratory. Each day he set aside half an hour in the morning and half an hour in the afternoon or evening for prayer. There was a fine painting of the Immaculate Conception above the altar.
I remember Ron Winstanley (who now lives in Manchester), telling me that St Josemaria said to him during a visit he paid to Woodlands, probably the following year in September 1959, that Jesus must feel very much at home in this house, because it was a Jewish home. He stayed there also in 1960. In 1961 and 1962 he stayed at another house in West Heath Road, Hampstead. As it happens, the owner of this house, Mrs Soskins, was also Jewish. She was the sister of Max and Morah Beloff.