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.


Tuesday, 1 January 2013

New Year, new beginnings


This morning eleven sisters from the Anglican Community of St Mary the Virgin at Wantage were received into the Ordinariate at the Oxford Oratory by the Ordinary, Mgr. Newton, and, together with a Sister from Walsingham who was received earlier, will form the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Unfortunately, being away from Oxford, I was unable to attend the Mass, but here are two posts from the Oxford Oratory website about the morning's events, including the sermon by the Provost, Fr Daniel Seward Cong.Orat., and a series of photographs which can be seen at The Reception into full Communion with the Catholic Church of the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary and at More pictures from the Reception of the Sisters .

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