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ECHA Newsletter for December 2016

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Downside Library & Archives by Dr Simon Johnson

Dr Simon Johnson is Director of Heritage at Downside Abbey, a Benedictine Abbey and school in Somerset, England. Established in the 19th century, Downside is home to one of the best collections of religious manuscripts in the world. A recent … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and the English Reformation by Lady Clare Asquith

Lady Clare Asquith published her acclaimed book ‘Shadowplay: The Hidden Beliefs and Coded Politics of William Shakespeare’ in 2005, a study of how Shakespeare secretly addressed the most profound political issues of his day, and how his plays embody a … Continue reading

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The Stained-Glass of Margaret Agnes Rope, Shrewsbury Cathedral, Saturday 24 September 2016, 2pm

Dr Claire Fitzgerald of Warwick University will be giving this free lecture – inside Shrewsbury Catholic Cathedral – in front of the huge stained-glass windows by Margaret Rope that can be found there. The talk is in the afternoon, to ensure … Continue reading

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London Catholic History Walks – Autumn 2016 with Joanna Bogle

Joanna Bogle leads these excellent walks which give a great introduction to aspects of the Catholic history of London. Go to this link for details of the walks planned for this Autumn

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ECHA Newsletter for September 2016

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St Nicholas Owen: Priest-hole Maker by Tony Reynolds

St Nicholas Owen was arguably one of the most fearless and courageous of the Catholic martyrs of the Reformation. He learnt joinery as a trade and put his skills to use in fashioning the most ingenious priest-holes in England during … Continue reading

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Catholic Bishops of Great Britain – a new publication by Chris Larsen

We have received the following communication from Chris Larsen which we produce in full below, regarding an important new publication: I am pleased to announce that my book, Catholic Bishops of Great Britain: A Reference to Roman Catholic Bishops from … Continue reading

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Our newsletter for December 2015

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Bid me come to thee upon the waters: R D Byles, Priest of the Titanic Disaster by Fr S J Hoyle

The son of a Congregational minister from Leeds, Rousell David Byles was influenced by High Church ideas at school and then at Oxford. He began training for Anglican ministry during which time he converted to Catholicism and was subsequently ordained … Continue reading

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The Letters of John Henry Newman – A Portrait – by Mgr Roderick Strange

There are approximately 20,000 extant letters written by Blessed John Henry Newman. These have been gathered together in 32 volumes by the long and painstaking work of members of the Birmingham Oratory. Mgr Strange, theologian and Newman scholar, has recently … Continue reading

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An Overview of Devotion to Our Lady of Glastonbury by Dr Timothy Hopkinson-Ball

Glastonbury is the oldest shrine dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary in England, pre-dating the better-known Marian shrine of Walsingham by many 100s of years. Since the destruction of Glastonbury Abbey at the Reformation, the shrine’s Marian origins have been … Continue reading

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Our Newsletter for December 2014

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“Priests in Uniform” – military chaplains of the First World War by Dr James Hagerty KSG

Dr James Hagerty gives a detailed talk on the contribution of military chaplains in the First World War.  Roman Catholic chaplains were first commissioned for the British Army after the Crimean War, in 1858.  At the outbreak of WWI therefore … Continue reading

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“He placed himself in the order of signs” – a talk on the poet David Jones by Dr Mary Coghill

David Jones (1895-1974) was an artist and poet who contributed significantly to Catholic war literature. He was present at the front throughout most of the First World War only leaving the front when wounded, and then returning. His experiences marked … Continue reading

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Recusant Liturgy by Michael Hodgetts

Michael Hodgetts reviews the 300 years of liturgical practice of Catholics under penal conditions in England from the mid 1500s to early Victorian times. Music, missals, primers, chapel architecture and decoration, official and unofficial records of one sort or another, … Continue reading

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Newman and Chesterton by Fr Ian Ker

Fr Ian Ker of Oxford University is a distinguished biographer of both Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman and G K Chesterton. In this talk he draws upon his extensive knowledge of these great literary and religious figures to draw out … Continue reading

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Eric Gill’s Stations of the Cross at St Augustine’s, High Wycombe by Br Michael Curran FSC

Br Michael Curran is a De La Salle brother.  The Institute was founded in France in the 17th century by St John Baptiste de la Salle, princially for the education of boys from poor backgrounds.  Br Michael looks at the … Continue reading

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A History of the Diocese of Northampton from 1750 by Brin Dunsire.

A detailed overview of the expansion of the Catholic Church from 1750 to the present day in the area covered by the Diocese of Northampton, as established in 1850 at the restoration of the Catholic hierachy in England & Wales. … Continue reading

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The Canons Regular of the Lateran in Cornwall by Abbot Anthony Maggs CRL

The Canons Regular of the Lateran, based at their Abbey in Bodmin, played a key role in the revival of the Catholic faith in Cornwall in the 19th century. They arrived in England from France in 1881, as a result of … Continue reading

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