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.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

The tough life of a modern Capuchin

A correspondent on the medieval religion discussion group drew readers attention to this newspaper story about the tough regime of modern Capuchins in Sicily, which has also featured in other papers. In many ways it is heartening reading - as well as being amusing.

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