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.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Young Catholic Adults Conference at Douai Abbey 19-21 September

I have offered to publicise this forthcoming event, which looks to offer some very good spiritual fare:

Young Catholic Adults Weekend Retreat and Spiritual Conference 
Douai Abbey, near Reading

Friday 19 - Sunday 21 September 2014 

True Conversion of the Soul

We undertake to convert our hearts to the horizons of grace - Pope Benedict XVI. 

The annual weekend retreat and spiritual conference returns to Douai Abbey this year, in collaboration with the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge, the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, and the Order of Friars Preacher, the Dominicans, as well as an Eastern Rite Catholic chaplain.

This year the organisers are pleased to welcome for the first time the renowned John Pridmore who will be speaking about his experiences as a former gangster and his story of conversion to the life of grace, as recounted in his book From Gangland to Promised Land. This is a great opportunity for those attending to hear him. Having myself heard John Pridmore speak  here in OxfordI would heartily agree - he is an impressive figure. 

Also in store: 
High Mass in the Roman Rite 
Compline in the Dominican Rite 
Marian Procession 
Talks and Sermons 
Rosary with Dominican Blessing 
High Mass in the Dominican Rite 
Vespers in the Dominican Rite 
Eastern Rite ‘Requiem’ (Litiya) 
Scapulars of Mount Carmel 

For more information on booking overnight stays or for whereabouts: www.youngcatholicadults.co.uk

The interior of Douai Abbey Church


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