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, 30 January 2014

Blessed Sebastian Valfrè C.O.

Today is the feast of Blessed Sebastian Valfrè, C.O. (1629 –1710) who was an Oratorian in Turin and is known as the Apostle of that city.

Image: liturgialatina

There is an online life of him here and the Oxford Oratory website has an account of him which can be read at Blessed Sebastian Valfrè. There is another one, with illustrations, from the Manchester Oratory, which can be seen here.

Following the 6pm Mass at the Oratory this evening we shall have Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament to mark the feast.


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