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.

Monday, 7 October 2013

A new Traditional Monastery in France

Rorate Coeli has a post about the abbey at Wisques in the Pays-deCalais which, by agreement with the Bishop of Arras, will from this coming Friday be following the usages, including the traditional form of Mass, as used at the abbey of Fontgombault, which is re-establishing Wisques as a foundation on their own pattern. The post can be seen at Wisques Abbey, the new Traditional Monastery, ready for business (the Opus Dei).

There are other posts about this significant development from The Eponymous Flower at Benedictine Abbey of Wisques Returns Back to Traditional Rite  and from Zephyrinus at Benedictine Wisques Abbey Returns To The Traditional Rite.

As Rorate Coeli points out Wisques is within easy reach of many in south east Engalnd as well as the Low Countries was well as northern France, sonot too difficult to go and see traditional monastic life in action.



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