Francois Longuet and the Reading Mission – a talk via Zoom by Lindsay Mullaney, Thursday 18 March, 11am

Francois Longuet was a French emigre priest who came to Reading in the wake of the French Revolution. He founded a chapel in Reading, the first purpose-built one since the Reformation, which he called The Chapel of the Resurrection. We look forward very much to Lindsay’s talk on this resourceful and little-known character, the founder of modern Catholic community in Reading.

Organiser: Angie Hodges. Zoom link to follow.

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The History of Catholicism in the Bournemouth Area – talk by C Robson, Monday 15 March, 7.30pm

Chris Robson will be giving this talk via Zoom. Please email our Secretary, Angie Hodges, for the Zoom link.

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The Catholic Bishops of Arundel and Brighton 1965 – 2020 by Paul Severn

Published by the Isle of Wight Catholic History Society, and with the assistance of a grant from ECHA, Paul Severn has written the history of the Catholic Bishops of Arundel & Brighton since 1965 to the present day. The booklet is published in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Bishop David Cashman – the first Bishop of Arundel and Brighton.

The booklet is available from the Isle of Wight Catholic History Society. Please contact them via their website (www.iow-chs.org.uk) or email: iow-chs@outlook.com

The booklet costs £6-00 including postage and packing. Cheques (payable to “IoW Catholic History Society” may be sent to the society at 72, Mayfield Road, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 3PR or (preferably) order by email and the money may be transferred directly into the society bank account:-

HSBC Sort Code  40 – 39 – 17.                                  Acc. No. 21373749

Please label the transfer CBAB and your surname.

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Talk on Cardinal Pole by Rev Dr Kenneth Carleton – Saturday 6th February at 2pm

We are delighted to welcome Reverend Ken Carleton of Brentwood Diocese to speak to us on the subject of Cardinal Pole via Zoom this coming Saturday. For those of you who are able to join us the Zoom link is as follows:

Topic: ECHA – Dr Ken Carleton on Cardinal Pole
Time: Feb 6, 2021 02:00 PM London
 
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89053130684?pwd=N0hZbnQzOERlc1VleHNOcWtrSmVFZz09
 
Meeting ID: 890 5313 0684
Passcode: xaPiV3

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Marian Shrines in England – talk by Joanna Bogle – 9 February 2021, 7pm

Organised by the Friends of Westminster Cathedral, this talk will take place via Zoom at 7pm on Tuesday 9th February, cost £5 to go towards the Friends’ work supporting the cathedral.

For the Zoom link and how to pay contact Christina White at the Friends on friends@rcdow.org.uk

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Monasticism in Suffolk by Dr Francis Young

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Dr Francis Young spoke on this subject to our members during a recent Zoom lecture. It happened also to be the Feast of St Edmund to which he alludes at the beginning of the talk. Dr Young gives a masterly overview of the history of monasticism in Suffolk. The story of the rise, fall and re-establishment of religious life in Suffolk is in many ways a reflection of what happened elsewhere in England.

To listen to the talk click on the arrow below or click to the image to find the talk in our podcast

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CFHS talk given by Tim Guile – Catholic Recusant Women in 16th and early 17th Century England – 30 January, 2pm

This lecture will be given via Zoom, and organised by the Catholic Family History Society.

Click here for further information and to register for the talk

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The Cockpit of Conscience: Society, Politics and Religion in Stuart Lancashire 1603-1714 by Dr Anthony Hilton

This new publication of one of our members takes up Thomas Fuller’s 1662 characterisation of Lancashire as divided between Protestants and Catholics, showing how religious and political division undermined the county’s status-conscious society, obsessed with religion, a tension manifested in outbreaks of witchcraft and demon-possession, and culminating in civil war. It considers how the abolition of monarchy and Episcopalian Protestantism resulted in the proliferation of radical Protestant sects, followed by the restoration of king and bishops, and then another revolution
which led to the eventual rejection of communal religious violence.

Dr Anthony Hilton is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and Editor Emeritus of North West Catholic History. His publications include Catholic Lancashire: From Reformation to Renewal, 1559-1991.

The book is obtainable from J. A, Hilton, 282 Whelley, Wigan, Lancashire, WN2 1DA, for £18 inc. p. & p.

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Stations of the Cross for sale at auction from Grace Dieu, Leicestershire – 1st December 2020

14 carved wooden stations from the Grace Dieu estate are being sold at an auction house on 1st December 2020. Grace Dieu School which was run by the Rosminians, closed in the summer of this year.. Full details can be found on the link below.

https://www.gildings.co.uk/auction/lot/33-set-of-fourteen-carved-and-limed-poplar-station-of-the-cross/?lot=47358

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Henry I and his Abbey by Lindsay Mullaney

Members may be interested in the latest publication from Lindsay Mullaney on Henry I and Reading Abbey – details attached. Anyone who may in the past have attended talks/presentations by John and Lindsay Mullaney will know that they can look forward to a lively and entertaining, as well as scholarly, read.

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Newman Conference, Christian Heritage Centre, Stonyhurst

Please go to the following link for information on this upcoming conference to mark the first anniversary of the canonisation of St John Henry Newman

https://christianheritagecentre.com/event/newman/

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ECHA Annual General Meeting, Saturday 24 October

Due to the ongoing pandemic the ECHA’s AGM for 2020 will be held via
Zoom on Saturday 24th October 2020 at 09.30 a.m.

The AGM itself is expected to last 20 minutes.

There will then follow a virtual break, and, at 10.15 a.m. Dr Carmen Mangion will present her paper, Changing Dimensions of Women’s Religious Life, 1945 – 1990

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ECHA Newsletter June/September 2020

We apologise for the late edition of the newsletter this year. Various aspects of the Covid situation have combined to make publication difficult. Please click the link to download it, together with news of our Annual General Meeting which will take place via Zoom on 24 October 2020.

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With Help from the English Embassy: Spanish Civil War Letters by Loreto Sisters, 1936-38, by Dr Benjamin Hazard

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We are grateful to Dr Hazard, of the School of History, University College Dublin, for providing us with this recording for our podcast which relates to a unique collection of letters written by Loreto Sisters during the Spanish Civil War. Their Irish Mother Provincial, Mother Baptist Gibney and some of the Loreto Sisters in Spain, were British passport holders. He discusses how the British embassy in Madrid, the Royal Navy;and the Scottish Ambulance Unit helped the Loreto Sisters to organise their evacuation from the Spanish capital.

Dr Hazard was assisted with some of the research for this article with a grant from ECHA.

Click on the arrow below to listen to this talk or go to the image above to find the talk in our podcast    

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New publication on the early Bishops of Portsmouth

A new booklet has been published by the Isle of Wight Catholic History Society on the early Bishops of Portsmouth, each of which had a connection with the island.

You can find more information here

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Three Marian Shrines in 16th Century England by Tim Guile

Tim Guile writes a fascinating account of the medieval shrines of Ipswich, Willesden and Walsingham. Read his paper in full here

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Cluniac Death Rituals: A Comparison with Covid Britain by John Mullaney

ECHA member John Mullaney has written a timely paper. Click here to read it in full.

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Renaissance Man: The World of Thomas Watson by Ian Johnson

This book has been newly published by one of our members.

Who was Thomas Watson? Famous in his day, he was the epitome of Renaissance man: classical scholar, linguist, poet, playwright, musician, scientist, thinker, traveller, cosmologist, a man of intense curiosity. “A very learned man that could tell strange things”. His book of 100 love poems still intrigues, and musicologists admire his deft translations of Italian madrigals. He was a sociable companion, too, a loyal friend of poets and playwrights, and a wit-“witty Tom Watson“.

Watson mixed with the highest in the land, including the Earl of Oxford’s literary clique and the rival house of Philip and Mary Sidney. He was a close friend of the atheist Christopher Marlowe, and colleague of the Roman Catholic composer William Byrd. Yet, Watson also mingled with the basest in society. He was a government agent, an acquaintance of the spy master “Mr Secretary” Walsingham and a loved companion of his nephew. Scrapes and scandals dogged his life and even his death in 1592 aged 37 is blemished by a question mark.

History has neglected Tom Watson. By examining his works and the culture in which he mixed, Ian Johnson attempts to get a measure of the man

https://www.amazon.com/Renaissance-Man-Ian-Johnson/dp/1789558859

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News from the CCS, Durham

The Centre of Catholic Studies in Durham member Dr James Kelly has produced a 15-minute video on English convents in early modern Europe: pilgrimages, relics and Catholic identity. It is available here and is part of the Durham University Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies’ series exploring the traditions and wider context of ancient and modern pilgrimage.

The other videos already available in this series are:

Light and the Cult of St Thomas Becket (Dr Tom Nickson)

Holy Water and Healing Wells (Prof. Robin Coningham)

For further details, please visit the series’ webpages or IMEMS’ Facebook page.

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ECHA COVID-19 update

Sadly we have had to either cancel or postpone all our public events until further notice.

We are planning that our AGM and Day Conference will be go ahead via Zoom on October 24th when Dr Carmen Mangion will be speaking on Changing Dimensions of Women’s Religious Life from 1945-1990.  We will keep you updated.

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