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.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Evesham Pilgrimage

The annual Birmingham Diocesan Pilgrimage to Evesham will take place on Saturday June 12th.

The Mass will be at 1pm in the abbey grounds.

The principal celebrant will be the Abbot of Downside, Dom Aiden Bellinger.

After Mass there will be a procession with the statue of Our Lady of Evesham to the historic church of St Lawrence, where Benediction and Blessing of the Sick will take place at 4pm

Confessions will be available in the church of Our Lady and St Egwin from 10 until 12 in the morning.

I regret that I shall be unable to attend this year, but if you are free I would recommend going. The Pilgrimage is both prayerful and friendly, and Evesham a place of devotion to Our Lady since the beginning of the eighth century. There is something about its history here.

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