Father Brian Doolan RIP

It was with great sadness that we heard recently of the death of Father Brian Doolan, who was our Chairman for many years.  His funeral arrangements have been announced by the Archdiocese of Birmingham and details can be found on this link: https://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/news/funeral-arrangements-fr-brian-doolan

May he Rest In Peace

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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

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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. https://www.gresham.ac.uk/schools.

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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
Email:  paul.shaw@psmgs.org.uk

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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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