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.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Presentation to Fr Robert Byrne at the Oxford Oratory

This lunchtime, following the Solemn Mass at the Oratory the Provost, Fr Daniel, presented his predecessor, Fr Robert Byrne, who is to be consecrated as Bishop of Cuncacestre on Tuesday, with a pectoral cross given by the Fathers of the Oratory and with a handsome crosier which has been bought by the parishioners as a gift for him.


The Bishop- elect with his new croiser

Image; Oxford Oratory

Fr Robert will take the oaths and his pontificalia will be blessed in a vigil service at the Birmingham Oratory on Monday evening.

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