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

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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 been very illuminating.

How The English Learned to Hate Catholics
Weds 20 November, 6pm-7pm
Museum of London
Professor Alec Ryrie

Medieval England was proudly Catholic and ostentatiously loyal to Rome. But from the late sixteenth century until recent times – and even now – anti-Catholic prejudice has been a cornerstone of English and British identity.

This lecture will look at how this prejudice grew out of the persecution of Protestants in the 1550s, at the idealistic historian who crystallised it, and at the political crises, real and invented, which turned his text into a paranoiacs’ charter.

Gresham College has been providing free public lectures since 1597. You can read more about our history here. This lecture, like most of ours, is open to the public on a first come first served basis, but we can book seats for schools/ colleges for all our lectures.

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ECHA AGM and Day Conference Saturday 19 October 2019, St Monica’s Catholic Church, Hoxton, London N6 1NT.

Please join us:

1.30pm AGM

2.30pm Sheepfolds for Strayed Sheep – Catholic mission in 19th century Inner London – a talk by Jean Maynard followed by tea and a tour of the church.

Admission £5 on the door.

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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 in Reformation England by Professor Eamon Duffy

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

ECHA Podcast Artwork v2“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 John Henry Newman will be canonised by Pope Francis on 13 October 2019. This splendidly clear and informative talk by Fr Marcus Holden comes therefore at an apt moment in the life of the English Church.

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

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Visit to Reading Abbey 3 July 2019

ECHA are pleased to join the Midland Catholic History Association on a visit to Reading Abbey on 3rd July 2019.  The programme will be:

10.15 Arrival and coffee, St James’ Church
10.45 prompt Talk on Reading Abbey, John and Lindsay Mullaney
12.00 Mass in St James’ church
12.30 Lunch**
1.00 Guided tour of the Abbey ruins
2.30 ‘The Turbulent Lifetime of Thomas Vachell’, Tony Hadland
3.30 Tea and departure
** members will have to bring sandwich lunch because of the limited time available. Hot drinks will be available
Bookings with fee of £10 per person

Click here for the Booking Form

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ECHA Newsletter for June 2019

Please click on the link below to view our latest newsletter

ECHA Newsletter for June 2019

Should you be interested in joining us on our visit to Reading on Wednesday 3rd July, please click on the link below for the booking form

ECHA visit to Reading Abbey 3 July 2019

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Catholic Archives Society

Study visit to Dublin   –   12-16 August 2019
A visit to ecclesiastical and civil archives and related institutions in Dublin
Enquiries about the provisional programme and other aspects of the visit to:
Mr Paul Shaw, St Mary’s Convent, 10 The Butts, Brentford, Middlesex
Tel:  0208 568 7305

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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 1588, Fr John Gerard SJ very successfully ministered to English Catholics for 17 years in extraordinary circumstances. After many daring escapes he suffered imprisoned and torture, famously escaping from the Tower of London in 1597 to continue his work until 1605. The talk is by his ten greats nephew, Michael Maslinski, who last year persuaded the BBC to withdraw inaccurate allegations in a documentary that he had been a central figure in the Gunpowder Plot

The Hunted Priest, Farm Street, 22 May 2019

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ECHA Newsletter for March 2019

Please click here for our latest newsletter and see the ‘What’s On’ Page for the latest on our visits and events in 2019.

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Michael Protheroe RIP

It was with great sadness that we heard of the death of Michael Protheroe in December 2017.  He will be remembered at ECHA for his indefatigable research into the Christian history of Glastonbury.  Many of his publications relate to this research and are listed below and at the end of the short obituary which we placed in our March 2018 newsletter.  If anyone reading this notice knows of other publications which we have not listed, we would appreciate knowing of them.  Please send an email to us via the Contact Us page.  You can read the (slightly corrected) obituary by clicking here.

As a tribute to Michael we are placing on this page a talk entitled King Arthur and Our Lady of Glastonbury which he gave to our members during our visit to Cornwall in 2009.  His inimitable and self-effacing style is evident, as well as his attention to the detail of  early English history he so loved to share.  Click on the arrow below to listen.  Here is a photo of Michael speaking at that meeting.michael protheroe speaking at st paul social centre, tintagel, 2009

Publications by Michael Protheroe
A History of Calday Grange Grammar School, West Kirby, 1676-1976.  Published by The Old Caldeian Union and the Parents Association 1976.

A Hidden History of Roman Catholicism in Glastonbury over the last 400 years, Glastonbury Conservation Society Newsletter, No 108, 2003.

In Somerset and Dorset Notes & Queries VOL XXXVI
Gildas, Glastonbury and the Genetrix:  A Historiographic Review, March 2008, Part 367, No.36.
St Wilfrid and Glastonbury, March 2009, Part 369, No.48.
Glastonbury’s ‘Holy’ Well Demystified, Sept 2009, Part 370, No.58
Glastonbury’s Urtext, March 2010, Part 371, No.63
New Light on the Mystery of Glastonbury’s Old Church, Sept 2010, Part 372, No.70

In Somerset and Dorset Notes & Queries VOL XXXVII
Pre-Conquest Glastonbury and Montacute, March 2011, Part 373, No.5.
Glastonbury as Roma Secunda:  An Excursus, Sept 2011, Part 374, No.6.
Glastonbury and Tintagel:  Parallels and Links? Sept 2011, Part 374, No. 11
Blake, ‘Jerusalem’, and Glastonbury, March 2013, Part 377, note.
The Iconography of the North Doorway of Glastonbury’s Lady Chapel, Sept 2013, Part 378, note.
Saxon Somerset and the Eternal City:  Links in a Chain, Sept 2014, Part 380, No.50
Saints of Glastonbury and the Making of ‘Engalande’:  The ‘Secgan’ Evidence, Sept 2015, Part 382, No.63.

In Devon and Cornwall Notes & Queries
St Aldhelm in Dumnonia, Autumn 2011.
The Chapel at Golden: a conundrum resolved? Autumn 2016
The Origins of Buckfast in context: A reassessment.  Autumn 2017

On the ECHA website (audio)
King Arthur and Our Lady of Glastonbury, Tintagel, 2009.

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ECHA Newsletter for December 2019

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ECHA Newsletter for December 2019

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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 by the Bishop of Middlesbrough on Friday 30th November 2018, from 11am – 12.30pm.  All are welcome to this special event.  Please click here for the poster advertising the event –  please display it where you can.  Thank you!

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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.   Know Popery 8 November 2018

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Annual Mass at the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor, Westminster Abbey, 6 October 2018

The Guild of Our Lady of Ransom organise this annual Mass.  Please see this link for further information:  Click here

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ECHA Annual General Meeting and Day Conference – Saturday 20 October, Westminster

Click here for all the information you need on our upcoming Annual General Meeting and Day Conference on the subject of Bishop Challoner to be held at Westminster Cathedral (Hinsley Room) on Saturday 20th October

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ECHA Newsletter for September 2018

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A History of Reading Abbey by John and Lindsay Mullaney

ReECHA Podcast Artwork v2ading 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 one of the most prestigious abbeys in England. John and Lindsay Mullaney have made a special study of the abbey and give a detailed account of the background to its foundation, its cult of St James the Great, its architecture, music, art and liturgy.

Click on the arrow to listen to this talk or go to the image above to find the talk in our free iTunes podcast    64 minutes

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Bishop Youens of Northampton by Mrs Margaret Orborne

ECHA Podcast Artwork v2Bishop 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, he returned to the diocese of Northampton and remained for the rest of his life, being especially devoted to the education of poor boys. At the age of 60 he was asked to be Bishop of the relatively poor diocese, which through the lean years of the 1920s and 30s was home to an increasing number of Catholics seeking work in the new towns such as Luton. He oversaw the establishment of new churches and Mass centres in the diocese as the Catholic population grew rapidly during these years. He died in November 1939 while writing a Bishop’s letter encouraging all members of his diocese to have courage in the years of war to come. He is especially to be remembered fpr promoting the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, celebrating the first Mass in the Slipper Chapel since the Reformation on the Feast of the Assumption 1934.

Mrs Margaret Osborne was for many years Northampton Diocesan Archivist

Click on the arrow to listen to this talk or go to the image above to find the talk in our free iTunes podcast    64 minutes

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Day Conference in Birmingham

Archdiocese of Birmingham Historical Commission

England and Rome: Anglo-Papal relations c1350 to 1870


Cathedral House (Grimshaw Room) Birmingham

Monday 25 June 2018

10.45 am to 4.00 pm
(registration from 9.45 am)


Prof. R.N. Swanson  ‘Exploiters or exploited’; the English and the Papacy in the mater Middle Ages
Prof. J.J. Scarisbrick  ‘The Popes and the English Reformation
Dr Lucy Underwood   ‘Rome and English Catholic life in the seventeenth century’
Mr Edward Short  ‘John Henry Newman, the laity and Papal infallibility’

Cost (including buffet lunch) £20 (students £15)

Bookings – by email:
by telephone:  01926 428255

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