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.


Saturday, 3 May 2014

Admitting a new Lector at the Oxford Oratory


This morning during the Mass at the Oxford Oratory the youngest member of the community, Br. Oliver Craddock, was admitted to the ministry of Lector by the Provost, Fr Daniel. This marks another step in his progression towards Ordination, and along with the rest of the Oratory congregation I would wish to record my prayers and good wishes for him, and appreciation of what he has already brought to the life of St Aloysius.




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