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.

Tuesday 14 May 2024

Marian Pilgrimage - multiplicity of shrines

For those of my readers who are following this very curious route devised by Canon Stevenson around Marian England this is to point out that today and Thursday there will be four separate shrines and there will be similar multiples on other days. This is in an attempt to preserve the essential unity of the original route whilst accommodating additional shrines.  As there are a few extra visits this year the dates will be a little busier but, rest assured, God and Our Lady willing, we shall arrive all together at Walsingham on May 31st.

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