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.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

News from the Oxford Oratory

Readers who do not follow on a regular basis the website of the Oxford Oratory may be interested in these four recent posts from that site.

The first, entitled Patching up the Relic Chapel deals with the restoration of the fabric - in this case putting right water damage to the painted ceiling in the chapel.

The second is  Monsignor Marcus Stock to be Bishop of Leeds, and concerns the appointment of  Mgr Stock to that position, and includes the text of his sermon at the Oratory for St Philip's day in 2012, and his retelling of the story of his part in recovering a relic of St Philip at the church in anticipation of the arrival of the Oratorians from Birmingham in 1990 - all of which rather suggests that St Philip arrived here before his sons.

The third, Blessed Joseph Vaz of the Oratory to be Canonised, is about Bl. Joseph Vaz, the seventeenth century Oratorian evangelist of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) who is to be canonised by the Pope on his forthcoming visit to the island.

Finally there is information about a new DVD on Bl.John Henry Newman which is being released. It is the work of Fr Nicholas Schofield and Fr Marcus Holden. The piece about it can be read at New film about Blessed John Henry Newman.


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