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.
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I am a Catholic and a historian based in Oxford, where I am a member of Oriel College. My research, for a long delayed D.Phil., is a study of Richard Fleming, Bishop of Lincoln in the second decade of the fifteenth century. I also work as a freelance tutor in History and as an independent tour guide.
I was received into the Church in 2005 and am a Brother of the External Oratory of St Philip Neri at the Oxford Oratory.
Earlier this evening I attended the Ordinariate Mass at Holy Rood here in Oxford at which Jonathan Creer and Thomas Mason were admitted as Lectors and Acolytes by the Ordinary, Mgr Keith Newton.
Jonathan and Thomas are now studying at Oscott, but in addition to some students from there who had come to support them there were Oratorians, Dominicans and Franciscans sitting in choir who were their fellow students at Blackfriars in previous years.
The Mass was well attended and it was an opportunity to see the Ordinary celebrate in pontificals the Ordinariate Rite.
At the reception afterwards it was an opportunity to congratulate the new Lectors-Acolytes and to catch up with friends.