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.


Friday, 3 September 2010

First and Final Professions

Last Saturday a friend from Oriel, Br. Stephen Morrison O.Praem., made his First Profession as a Norbertine at St Philip's Priory in Chelmsford. Br.Stephen, or Alex as he was in his Oriel years 2005-9, can be seen making that profession here in this slide show from the Norbertine Vocations website.

Also in August. on the Solemnity of the Assumption, Br Martin Mary F.SS.R of the Transalpine Redemptorists made his Final Profession on Papa Stronsay. I do not really know him, but I do know his father and brothers as they live in Oxford and we meet through celebrations of the Extraordinary Form. There are pictures of the day here.

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