Category Archives: Conferences

Saint John Henry Newman – Doctor of the Church? by Fr Marcus Holden

“The spiritual guide, the apologist, the modern visionary, the antidote to liberalism, the defender of conscience, the man who never sinned against the light – these are the reasons why Newman should be considered a Doctor of the Church.”  Blessed … Continue reading

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The Hunted Priest, talk on Fr Gerard SJ, Farm Street, 22 May 2019

The Hunted Priest: Fr John Gerard, the English Mission and the Gunpowder Plot Date – Wednesday 22nd May Time – 6.45pm Cost – Free/donation Location – Farm Street Hall Description – Landing at night on the Norfolk Coast in October … Continue reading

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A History of Reading Abbey by John and Lindsay Mullaney

Reading Abbey, a Cluniac monastery, was founded in 1121 by Henry I, the son of William the Conqueror, in remembrance of his own son William, who had died tragically at sea. Little remains now of what was once the largest and … Continue reading

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Bishop Youens of Northampton by Mrs Margaret Orborne

Bishop Laurence Walter Youens was a convert to the Catholic faith from Anglicanism, and was ordained priest in 1901 in High Wycombe, the first Catholic priest ordained there since the Reformation. After a period of missionary work in North Africa, … Continue reading

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St Alphege: Saint of Bath and Saint for our Times by Dr Giles Mercer

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 … Continue reading

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The English Dominican Province by Fr Richard Finn OP

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 … Continue reading

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Downside Library & Archives by Dr Simon Johnson

Dr Simon Johnson is Director of Heritage at Downside Abbey, a Benedictine Abbey and school in Somerset, England. Established in the 19th century, Downside is home to one of the best collections of religious manuscripts in the world. A recent … Continue reading

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