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, 18 August 2014

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Harvington Hall - September 7th

On September 7th there will be the annual Birmingham Diocesan Pilgrimage to Harvington Hall in Worcestershire.

Harvington Hall, Worcestershire, England

Harvington Hall

Image: Alamy/The Guardian

The principal celebrant and preacher will be Bishop Robert Byrne C.O. and the Mass commences at 3pm. Confessions will be heard from 1.45pm until 2.30pm.

Tours of the house will be available and can be booked on arrival. Pilgrims are asked to bring their own seats for the Mass. Teas will be available.

Having visited Harvington earlier on this year - for which see my post Harvington Hall - I would recommend going to see this delightful and fascinating place and the deep insight it offers into recusant history, and this is an occasion to combine that with a pilgrimage to the designated shrine of the English Martyrs.

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