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.


Monday, 9 June 2014

Sponsoring the Dominicans


As the congregation left Blackfriars on Saturday evening we were encouraged to sponsor five Dominicans, two of them from the novices studying at Blackfriars in Oxford, who plan to walk a 190 mile Wainwright route across northern England from coast to coast in late July and early August to help raise money for the Dominican's priests training fund. Due to the increase in vocations to the Order - a very good thing in itself - there is now in consequence the need to raise £1 million over the next seven years to train these young men.

There is more about the sponsored walk at www.friarswalk@wordpress.com , and there is an article about it in the latest issue of the Catholic Herald which can be read at Order asks for £1m to fund rise in vocations

This is a good cause and one well worth supporting. 

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