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.
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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.
Last night we had the first meeting of the autumn season of the Brothers of the Oxford Oratory - roughly the equivalent of Benedictine oblates or mendicant tertiaries.
This was a good first meeting, well attended and with two possible new recruits joining us for a talk - this week on the Anglo-Saxon era of local church history - followed by silent prayer in church, the litany of St Philip, the Brother's Office and intercessions, a reading from the first Life of St Philip, by Antonio Gallonio, and then recreation in the Oratory house.
This is always an enjoyable way to develop one's spirituality, and I would recommend the meetings, and fellowship, of the Brothers of any of the Oratories to Catholic men who would be interested and able to attend.