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, 14 July 2015

July 14th anniversaries


Apart from certain very unfortunate and undesirable events in France on this day in 1789 July 14th is also the anniversary of John Keble's Assize Sermon in St Mary's in Oxford in 1833 which was seen by Newman and others as the beginning of the Oxford Movement, that is when ideas led to a call for action.

It is also the anniversary of the publication in 1570 by Pope St Pius V of the Bull Quo Primum authorising the revised Roman Missal. New Catholic at RORATE CÆLI has apost which gives the text of this important Bull in translation, and it can be read at Quo Primum, 445 Years

401 years ago on this day there occurred the death of St Camillus de Lellis, the pioneering reformer of Roman hospitals and patron of the sick. Gregory DiPippo on the New Liturgical Movement has an illustrated post about him and his shrine church in Rome. It can be seen at The Feast of St Camillus de Lellis.Not only does it have splendid views of this beautiful church but also draws out St Camillus' connection with St Philip Neri, who was a great influence on him. As a result St Camillus is sometimes seen as an honorary Oratorian.



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