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:
This year’s programme: Exile and Return: The Bar Convent and the English Catholic Story
Dr. James Kelly: Rendering unto Caesar? The secular, the sacred and the formation of an English Catholic identity c.1558-1793
Dr. Cormac Begadon: Exile and Mission: the English Catholic Clergy 1568-1793
Dr. Hannah Thomas: From Exile to Integration? English Convents across the Channel c.1597 – 1794
Dr. Caroline Bowden: “We must have a school for our daughters” – What were the Choices?
Cost £15, including refreshments. Students half price. Lunch is available at additional cost at The Bar Convent Café – please call 01904 464 910 to book a table.
The day will conclude with the vigil Mass of Sunday in the historic chapel at 5pm. For more information and to reserve a place please contact Judith Smeaton on 01904 704 525 or at firstname.lastname@example.org