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.


Thursday, 29 July 2010

Of your charity

This coming Sunday, August 1st, will be the thirtieth anniversary of my mother's death, and I would ask you, of your charity, to remember Mary Whitehead in your prayers. I have booked the 8am Mass at the Oxford Oratory that day to mark her anniversary

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