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.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Profiting by Pilgrimage


Last year I wrote about the sponsored pilgrimage to Compostela by Fr Daniel Seward, the parish priest of the Oxford Oratory and a group of young people from the parish. The aim was both to join with other pilgrims to this great shrine in the Jacobeo Jubilee Year and to raise funds for the Oratory's Reaffirmation and Renewal Appeal.

Today we were told that with the promised funds collected in and the gift aid added the pilgrimage had raised £5462.57 for the appeal. This is a splendid achievement and many congratulations are offered to those involved in the effort.

Pilgrimage can therefore bring materal as well as spiritual rewards.

There is more about the appeal at the Oxford Oratory Appeal site.

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