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, 18 July 2014

Stratford Caldecott


I was very sorry to hear, though not alas surprised, yesterday evening of the death of the Oxford based Catholic thinker and educationalist Stratford Caldecott. His last few years have been lived out with the support of his family under the shadow of cancer, which has finally claimed him. To his family I send my condolences and the assurance of my prayers.

I did not know him well, but I have worked with and for various Catholic and Christian initiatives initiated by him and his family, and they have made a serious and sustained contribution to Catholic apologetics.

An indication of his range of interests can be found in the profile of him and his wife here.

The New Liturgical Movement has a tribute to him at Stratford Caldecott R.I.P.

A gentle and thoughtful man with a continuing concern to share the riches of the Faith he had come to he leaves a continuing legacy, but will be sorely missed by those around him.

May he rest in peace. Jesu Mercy, Mary Pray.








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