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.

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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

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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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ECHA Visit to London to join the Annual Martyr’s Walk, 24 June 2018

24 June 2018 – ECHA members invited to join the Annual Martyr’s Walk, London, organised by Joanna Bogle.  Preceeded by Mass at St Etheldreda’s, Ely Place and afterwards by Benediction and tea at Tyburn Convent.  This event is free but you are kindly requested to let us know if you are coming.  Please see the booking form for more details.
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ECHA Newsletter for March 2018

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ECHA Visit to Princes Risborough, 5 May 2018

SATURDAY 5 MAY 2018 – St Teresa’s Catholic Church, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire. Mass at 10.15am, followed by coffee.  Tour of the church with Dr Liz Duffy.  Talk by Mrs Margaret Osborne, former Northampton archivist, on Bishop Youens.  Bring your own lunch or walk to pub/cafes.  Afternoon:  Talk by Lindsay & John Mullaney on the latest from the Reading Abbey project.  Cost £8.50 per morning or afternoon, or £15 for the whole day.
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