The Stained-Glass of Margaret Agnes Rope, Shrewsbury Cathedral, Saturday 24 September 2016, 2pm

Dr Claire Fitzgerald of Warwick University will be giving this free lecture – inside Shrewsbury Catholic Cathedral – in front of the huge stained-glass windows by Margaret Rope that can be found there. The talk is in the afternoon, to ensure the windows can be seen in full light – and all are welcome!

The talk takes place on Saturday 24th September, at 2pm.

Dr Fitzgerald is particularly knowledgeable about the craft techniques used by Margaret Rope; such techniques were important in giving her glass the range of rich colours and the dazzling effect that so characterised this ‘Arts & Crafts Movement’ style.

There will also be a profile of Margaret Rope’s place in the history of stained glass, and a discussion of Margaret Rope’s religious life-journey from convert to Catholicism to entering a convent and how that made its way into her designs.

The talk is one of the activities complementing the Margaret Rope ‘Untold Story’ Exhibtion at the Shrewsbury Art Gallery.

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London Catholic History Walks – Autumn 2016 with Joanna Bogle

Joanna Bogle leads these excellent walks which give a great introduction to aspects of the Catholic history of London.

Go to this link for details of the walks planned for this Autumn

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ECHA AGM & Day Conference, Saturday 22 October 2016


10.30 a.m: Coffee
11.00 a.m: Annual General Meeting
11.45 a.m: Lady Clare Asquith: “Shakespeare and the English Reformation”
1.15 p.m: Buffet lunch
2.30 p.m: Dr Simon Johnson will update us on the latest developments in the Downside Abbey Library and Archives
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)

Click here to download the booking form for this event

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ECHA Newsletter for September 2016

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Catholic Family History Society Day Conference

Day Conference and AGM Saturday 1 October 2016 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Priory Rooms Conference Centre, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham, B4 6AF
Speakers – Maggie Loughran, genealogist; Dr Nick Baker, archivist
Including lunch and refreshments £15


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St Mary’s Along the Thames: exhibition at Cricklade, 10-11 September 2016


St Mary’s Catholic Church in Cricklade is presenting an exhibition of photos, posters, maps and copies of historic and archaeological documents entitled “St Mary’s along the Thames – on the national Heritage Open Days weekend: Saturday 10 September, 10am – 4pm and Sunday 11 September 11am – 4pm.

The displays tell us about the 100+ sites dedicated to Our Lady – churches, lost Abbeys, Priories, Shrines etc. and covers 200 miles of river and 1000 years of history.

More information on this fascinating exhibition can be found by clicking here

The address of the church is: St. Mary’s Church, High Street, Cricklade, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN6 6AP.  No booking is required.


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St Nicholas Owen: Priest-hole Maker by Tony Reynolds

ECHA Podcast Artwork v2St Nicholas Owen was arguably one of the most fearless and courageous of the Catholic martyrs of the Reformation. He learnt joinery as a trade and put his skills to use in fashioning the most ingenious priest-holes in England during penal times. Finally he was caught and tortured, giving nothing away to his tormentors. He died under torture. Canonised as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales his story makes fascinating and harrowing reading. How many of us would be prepared to follow the Lord to the Cross in the way he did? Tony Reynolds is the author of a new biography of the saint, published by Gracewing.

Click on the arrow to listen to this talk or go to the image above to find the talk in our free iTunes podcast    46 minutes



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