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, 4 September 2015

The FSSP at St William of York in Reading

Fr Blake has a post today about the FSSP community at the church of St William of York in Reading which can be seen at at Growth in Reading.

The clergy and congregation at St William of York

Image: Fr Ray Blake's Blog

The group photograph marked not only their tenth anniversary but also their farewell to Fr Armand de Malleray who is moving to establish a new FSSP centre in Warrington, but leaving the St William community in good hands. So growth in Reading is leading hopefully also to growth in Warrington.

I have not so far managed to get to the church but a good friend who travels there each Sunday always speaks very highly of its devotional life and friendliness, as well as of it being very much a normal parish community, and lacking that touchiness which sometimes is an unfortunate attribute of Traditionalism.

The Facebook page for the church and the wider work of FSSP can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/fssp.england, and back copies of their excellent magazine Dowry can be accessed online at FSSP U.K.

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