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.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Of your charity

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Pauline Margaret Watts, whose funeral was yesterday, and for her son and daughter in their bereavement.

Please pray also for the repose of the soul of Arthur Roland (Roly) Griffiths who died yesterday evening, and for his widow and sons at this time.

Please pray for Carl (C.J.) Buckley who is seriously ill in hospital in Liverpool, and undergoing extensive continuing treatment.

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