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.

Friday, 14 January 2011

Three new Deacons

There is an account of the diaconal ordinations yesterday of Andrew Burnham, Keith Newton and John Broadhurst at Allen Hall yesterday and written by James Bradley, together with links to his photographs of the event which can be read here.

As James says we must pray very hard for these three men as they prepare both for their priestly ordination tomorrow and for the work they are called to for the Ordimariate in the wider unity of the Catholic Church.

May Our Lady of Walsingham pray for them and for the Ordinariate.

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