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 January 2011

Oxford Oratory At Home

This afternoon was the 'At Home' at the Oxford Oratory when the Fathers entertain many of the parishioners who assist in the life and witness of the Oratory and parish. As always the hospitality was generous and the welcome warm. It is always an occasion when one renews and strengthens friendships, and is reminded of how much is done on a day to day basis, has been achieved and continues to be worked for by the Oratorians and their friends here in Oxford.

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