Category Archives: English Catholic History

Francois Longuet and the Reading Mission by Lindsay Mullaney

Francois Longuet was one of several French émigré priests who came to Reading in the wake of the French Revolution. He founded a new chapel in Reading, the first purpose-built one since the Reformation, which he called The Chapel of … Continue reading

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The Papal Zouaves: Victorians who fought for the Pope by Fr Nicholas Schofield

The Papal Zouaves were the volunteers from Britain and Ireland who flocked to Rome to help the Pope defend the Papal States between 1860 and 1870.  Fr Nicholas Schofield gives a detailed and fascinating account of this little known episode … Continue reading

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The Papal Zouaves: The Victorians who fought for the Pope by Fr Nicholas Schofield, Monday 26 April, 7pm

We are delighted to welcome Fr Nicholas Schofield to a Zoom presentation on 26 April at 7pm. He will talk about the volunteers from Britain and Ireland who flocked to Rome to help the Pope defend the Papal States between … Continue reading

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Cardinal Pole by Rev Dr Kenneth Carleton

Rev Carleton is a Deacon of Brentwood Diocese, UK. He gives an introduction to Cardinal Reginald Pole, Archbishop of Canterbury under Queen Mary, and son of Blessed Margaret Pole. To listen to the talk click on the arrow below or … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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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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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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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ECHA Newsletter March 2020

Please see the link below for our latest newsletter ECHA Newsletter_- March 2020

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London Catholic History Walks 2020

Refer to the London Catholic History Walks website for more details of the events below: RICHMOND: FRIDAY March 13th, 11am (note time, there is Mass at 10am) St Elizabeth’s RC Church, The Vineyard, Richmond TW10 6AQ. Nearest Tube and main … Continue reading

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Gresham College Lecture – How the English learned to hate Catholics by Professor Alec Ryrie

To read the text of Professor Ryrie’s recent lecture go to the link below: Click to access 2019-11-20_AlecRyrie_EnglishCatholics-T.pdf Gresham College

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Origins of Anti-Catholicism – lecture at the Museum of London, 20 November, 6pm

A Free Lecture: The origins of Anti-Catholicism by Alec Ryrie, Gresham Professor of Divinity Alec Ryrie is a Professor in the History of Christianity at Durham University. He’s a superb speaker and his previous series on Extreme Christianity and Atheism have … Continue reading

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Talk by Prof. Eamon Duffy on Cardinal Pole

Our readers might like to listen to this excellent address by Professor Eamon Duffy on Cardinal Reginald Pole given to the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham during a recent pilgrimage to Canterbury: Cardinal Reginald Pole: A Counter-Reformation Prince … Continue reading

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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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New plaque to commemorate martyrdom of Robert Aske – Clifford’s Tower, York – 30 November 2018

York Civic Trust and the Knights of St Columba announce the dedication of a plaque to Robert Aske, leader of the Pilgrimage of Grace, martyred for his Catholic faith in 1537. The plaque on Clifford’s Tower, York, will be unveiled … Continue reading

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Know Popery – Annual Lecture on Catholic Culture and History – Lewes, 8 November 2018

The Annual Lecture on Catholic Culture and History  organised in Lewes, Sussex, will take place on 8 November.  The subject is ‘Know Popery’ and the lecturer will be Michael Maslinski, 10-times great nephew of Father John Gerard.   

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