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.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Ordination of Fr Silk for the Ordinariate

The New Liturgical Movement has pictures, courtesy of the copyright holder the Ordinariate Portal, of the Ordination of Fr. David Silk, the former Anglican Bishop of Ballarat as a priest within the Ordinariate. The ordaining bishop was the Bishop of Plymouth and it took place in the very fine, rebuilt, abbey church at Buckfast in Devon.

Given the long standing tradition of Anglo-Catholicism in the dioceses of Exeter and Truro, it will be interesting to see what the response to the possibilities the Ordinariate offers in the region. The area that produced the Rev. Mr Gorham of 1850 judgment fame may yet give a new lead. Fr Silk may well have a new and active ministry in the south-west, building on his established roles as a liturgist and former diocesan bishop in Australia.

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