St Alphege was born near Bath in 954 and died a martyr 1011. Little known today, his life is however an example and inspiration. Dr Giles Mercer, former headmaster of Stonyhurst and Prior Park Schools and author of a recent biography of Bishop William Brownlow, became interested in St Alphege when he became a parishioner of St Alphege Catholic Church in Bath. In this talk he gives interesting background information on Anglo-Saxon Britain and then outlines the life of St Alphege from his birth into a relatively well to do family, his call to the contemplative life, his becoming a monk of Deerhurst near Tewkesbury, his move to the monastery at Glastonbury, his promotion to Abbot of Winchester and then to Archbishop of Canterbury. His martyrdom at the hands of the vikings took place as he refused to allow the ransom money asked for his life to be raised from the poor of his diocese. St Anselm said of him ‘He who dies for justice, dies for Christ’.
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26 Fr Richard Finn OP, a member of the Dominican house in Oxford, gives a lucid and informative account of the establishment of the Dominican Order in England. He covers their growth up to the time of the Reformation, their years in exile on the continent and their return to England in the early 1800s, fleeing persecution there. The support of the wealthy convert William Leigh enabled them to found a flourishing noviciate house in Gloucestershire, in addition to houses in London, Newcastle, Leicester and Oxford. Eventually they were able to establish daughter houses in South Africa, Granada, Edinburgh and Cambridge. They continue today to pursue their charism of preaching and teaching.
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All are welcome to join us at our annual day conference and AGM which this year will take place on Saturday 21st October at St John the Evangelist Catholic Church, South Parade, Bath, BA2 4AF
10.30 a.m: Coffee
11.00 a.m: Dr Giles Mercer: St Alphege: A Saint of Bath and a Saint for our Times
12.30 p.m: Annual General Meeting
1.15 p.m: Buffet lunch
2.30 p.m: Dom Geoffrey Scott
Title of presentation will be announced on the day
3.30 p.m (approx): Tea
5.45 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass in St John’s
Charge: £20 (including buffet lunch, coffee and tea)
There will be a special one day conference at Buckfast Abbey to launch a new book on the history, art and architecture of the Abbey ahead of their millenium year in 2018.
The date will be Saturday 7th October. It promises to be a fascinating day with a range of eminent speakers, and the opportunity to buy the new volume at a discounted price. Full details can be found on the following link: