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.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Commemorating Bl.George Napier

Today at the Oxford Oratory, and in the Archdiocese of Birmingham, we have commemorated the feast day of Bl.George Napier, an Oxford born mission priest who was martyred here in the castle on November 9th 1610.

Last year I posted Bl. George Napier 1610 - 2010 about his life to mark the quartercentenary of his death, and this LMS Oxford Pilgrimage report about how the anniversary was marked by a pilgrimage and the unveiling of a commemorative plaque by the Archbishop.

This evening at Brothers of the Oratory Fr Jerome took us through Bishop Challoner's account of the capture, trial and last days of Bl.George. It shows in considerable and often strange detail life in prison as a condemned priest, as well as the embarrassment and sympathy of many of those involved in his detention and death. If you have access to a copy of Challoner I would recommend the account to you. I do not know if it is online - if not making the whole text of the Bishop's work available would be a worthwhile project to undertake.


davidforster said...

The account of Bl George Napier from Challoner 'used' to be on the internet, since it was on my website! I put it there for the first LMS pilgrimage, which must have been some 6 or 7 years ago.

I've got a feeling that with a change of provider that it's dropped off the site. I'll dig it out and post it somewhere again ...

Posting Challoner's Lives is one project I would like to do on the website. His meditations for every day of the year are now posted in full - www.liturgialatina.org - but other projects don't allow everything to be done. However, if some help was on offer, I would bring that particular one back to life ... any volunteers?


davidforster said...

I have now dug out and re-posted the lives of Blessed George Napier and the other Catholic martyrs, from Challoner. They are on: http://catholic-schoolmaster.blogspot.com/2011/11/oxford-catholic-martyrs-by-bishop.html