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.
Thinking of visiting Oxford?
Allow me to be your guide... and discover the history of Oxford with an Oxford historian.
I offer a wide range of guided walks around the city and university. These can be a general introduction to the history and architecture or looking at specific themes and subjects.
I am a Catholic and a historian based in Oxford, where I am a member of Oriel College. My research, for a long delayed D.Phil., is a study of Richard Fleming, Bishop of Lincoln in the second decade of the fifteenth century. I also work as a freelance tutor in History and as an independent tour guide.
I was received into the Church in 2005 and am a Brother of the External Oratory of St Philip Neri at the Oxford Oratory.
Next Saturday, November 19th, the Vigil of Christ the King, there will be Evensong at 5.30pm at Holy Rood before Mass at 6pm. The preacher at Mass will be Fr. John O'Connor, OP, Prior of Oxford Blackfriars.
In a fortnight's time, on November 26th, there will be an Advent Carol Service of Lessons and Carols at Holy Rood at 4 pm. The Newman Consort will provide some of the music, and the service will be followed by tea and mince pies. At 6pm there will be the Vigil Mass of Advent Sunday.
Members and friends of the Ordinariate are urged to attend and to bring friends and enquirers to see the Ordinariate in action. If anyone is considering joining the Ordinariate this is an ideal opportunity to come along and meet members and supporters.
The Church of Holy Rood is situated in Abingdon Road, just south of Folly Bridge, and on the eastern side of the road. It has its own car park.