ECHA visit to Arundel, West Sussex, 19 April 2018

Thursday 19 APRIL 2018 – Arundel, West Sussex.  Meet at Arundel Cathedral at 11am for guided tour.  Lunch in the town, or bring your own.  2pm Meet at Arundel Museum for guided tour of the town with Catholic interest.
Cost: £14 per head excluding lunch (bring your own or buy locally)
Click here for the Programme and Booking Form for this visit

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ECHA Newsletter for December 2017

Please click on the link below to read our latest newsletter.  Also below is a Subscription Reminder for 2018 for our members.

ECHA Newsletter for December 2017

Subscription Reminder – 2018

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St Alphege: Saint of Bath and Saint for our Times by Dr Giles Mercer

ECHA Podcast Artwork v2St Alphege was born near Bath in 954 and died a martyr 1011.  Little known today, his life is however an example and inspiration.  Dr Giles Mercer, former headmaster of Stonyhurst and Prior Park Schools and author of a recent biography of Bishop William Brownlow, became interested in St Alphege when he became a parishioner of St Alphege Catholic Church in Bath.  In this talk he gives interesting background information on Anglo-Saxon Britain and then outlines the life of St Alphege from his birth into a relatively well to do family, his call to the contemplative life, his becoming a monk of Deerhurst near Tewkesbury, his move to the monastery at Glastonbury, his promotion to Abbot of Winchester and then to Archbishop of Canterbury.  His martyrdom at the hands of the vikings took place as he refused to allow the ransom money asked for his life to be raised from the poor of his diocese.  St Anselm said of him ‘He who dies for justice, dies for Christ’.

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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The English Dominican Province by Fr Richard Finn OP

ECHA Podcast Artwork v226 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.

Click on the arrow to listen to this talk or go to the image above to find the talk in our free iTunes podcast    46 minutes

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ECHA AGM and Day Conference – Saturday 21 October 2017

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)

Click here for the booking form for this event

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ECHA Newsletter for September 2017

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Buckfast Abbey: Book launch and Conference – 7 October 2017

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:



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Downside Lectures 2017

Please click here for information on then2017 Downside Lectures



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ECHA Newsletter June 2017

Please click on the links below to access our latest newsletter, and the booking forms for our next visits.

ECHA Newsletter for June 2017

ECHA Visit to Little Malvern and Blackmore Park, Thursday 6th July 2017

ECHA Visit to Museum of the Order of St John and/or London Charterhouse, Saturday 8th July 2017

ECHA Visit to Blackfriars and Campion Hall, Oxford, Thursday 14th September 2017








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Catholic History Day, Bar Convent, York, Saturday 3rd June 2017

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

Click here for the poster advertising this event – please download and display if you are able – thank you!

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