Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding.
I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... It was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.
Thinking of visiting Oxford?
Allow me to be your guide... and discover the history of Oxford with an Oxford historian.
I offer a wide range of guided walks around the city and university. These can be a general introduction to the history and architecture or looking at specific themes and subjects.
I am a Catholic and a historian based in Oxford, where I am a member of Oriel College. My research, for a long delayed D.Phil., is a study of Richard Fleming, Bishop of Lincoln in the second decade of the fifteenth century. I also work as a freelance tutor in History and as an independent tour guide.
I was received into the Church in 2005 and am a Brother of the External Oratory of St Philip Neri at the Oxford Oratory.
Wednesday 6pm (Low Mass) SS Gregory & Augustine, Woodstock Road
Thursday 9am (Low Mass: readings in the vernacular) St Anthony of Padua, Headley Way
Saturday 9.30am (Low Mass) St Birinus, Dorchester onThames
Other celebrations in May:
Friday May 7thSt Stanislaus (First Friday). 6 Sung Mass, SS Gregory and Augustine
Thursday May 13thAscension of Our Lord. 12.15 Sung Mass, Oxford Oratory 7.30 Sung Mass - polyphony- St Birinus, Dorchster-on-Thames Saturday May 29th Whit Saturday (Ember Day). 3.30 Sung Mass, St Birinus, Dorchester-on-Thames
On Saturday 15th May there will be a server training session in the Extraordinary Form at Blackfriars in Oxford.
It starts at 11.30am, and there will be a session before lunch and a session after. Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP, Br Lawrence Lew,O.P. Mr David Forster and Mr Richard Hawker will be helping with the training, which is intended for anyone who knows how to serve Low Mass, to bring them up to speed with the more demanding roles in Sung and Solemn Mass.This will be the occasion for the launch of a new sodality for altar servers who serve the Traditional Mass, the Society of St Tarcisius. You can see more information about that here: http://bit.ly/aEvFXq If you are interested in attending please contact Dr Joseph Shaw, the LMs Chairman and Oxford Representitive. His blog has splendid pictures of the recent training conference for priests ands laity at Ushaw.