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, 31 March 2015

Ten years on


Ten years ago today I was received into full peace and communion with the Catholic Church at the Oxford Oratory. As is my habit on this significant personal anniversary I am again re-posting my reasons for making that decision and also some of my reflections on the subsequent years. I do not think I have anything sugnificant to add to what I wrote about the anniversary two years ago, so to read something of my spiritual history - or to re-read it if you have done so before - follow the link to the post from 2013 Eight years in peace and full communion.

This was one one of , perhaps the most, significant decision in my life, and one of which I am all the more certain now. To anyone preparing for or contemplating reception into the Church I would assure them of the wisdom and happiness of such a choice.


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