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, 27 April 2015

The Patronage of St Philip


Today the Oxford Oratory has been celebrating the Patronage of St Philip - a feast particular to each Oratory. Oxford keeps it today as the anniversary of the decree establishing it as an independent Oratory in 1993.

Following the 6pm Mass there was Solemn Benediction to mark the feast.

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The Madonna appearing to St Philip Neri
Sebastiano Conca, 1740
Indianapolis Museum of Art

Image: Wikimedia

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