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, 3 May 2010

CIEL Conference May 29th

I see from Fr Blake's blog that this year's annual CIEL one-day Conference is on Saturday, 29 May at the London Oratory. The cost is £5.

There will be an EF High Mass in the morning at 11 am, celebrated by the Actor [Postulastor] for the cause of John Henry Newman, Fr Richard Duffield Cong. Orat., formerly of the Oxford Oratory and new Provost of the Birmingham Oratory, who will also speak at the Conference.

James Macmillan, who has often spoken and written about the need for an appropriate liturgical and musical renewal of the Church's tradition, will be speaking on Liturgical Music pre- and post-Vatican II at 2.30pm in St Wilfrid's Hall.

I hope I shall be able to attend. It seems a good way to celebrate Oak Apple Day - which will be the 350th anniversary of the Restoration I realise - definitely a good day to be in London.

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