England Again

Mrs Longenecker and I are off to the damp lands for a week or so.  There is a family wedding, so we’ll be jumping on a plane in Charlotte on Monday for a quick trip. We’ll be based in Oxford for a few days next week, and I’ll be celebrating Mass for my old friend Fr John Saward at the church of St Augustine and Gregory on the Woodstock Rd on Sunday, Sept 2 at 10:30. We’ll probably also travel to Worcester and East Sussex before I fly home on Sept 5.

If there are any English bloggers who would like to meet up in Oxford drop me a line…

Blogging will be light therefore, but who knows, I may bump into the Revd Blytherington and Daphne in my travels and have something new to report on my return…

  • Tracy

    Have a wonderful time! May I also suggest you think on leading a group of us faithful followers of your blog on a tour of England sometime? Some of us long to see the damp lands!

  • http://fireoftheirlove.blogspot.co.uk/ shadowlands

    I’ve met Fr John Saward. I was in Oxford and looking for C S Lewis’ house (the Kilns). My traveling companion suggested we stop and ask so I randomly said “Stop and ask at that Church, now!”

    Fr Saward answered the door and gave us directions, he also mentioned that Tolkien’s son had been ordained in the Church! I found this very exciting and Fr Saward said the Holy Spirit must have given us the ‘nudge’ to call in and ask. Well, he didn’t use those exact words but similar…….

    I wonder if he would remember? It was about three years ago.

    I would love to get to the Mass on Sunday, if my work shift pattern allows. Keep posting on your visit though, and include photographs!!!

    Safe journey Father D.

  • Amy Giglio

    I was in Oxford 2 years ago. My husband works for the American university that has a campus in Wroxton (Wroxton-St. Mary’s). The building had been an abbey before the Reformation. It was given to Lord North’s family as their estate. I consider it small poetic justice that an American college is housed there now. It would have been ever more just had it been a Catholic college. You should pop in and look around.

  • The Egyptian

    Speaking of Daphne, Susan Boyle, the clothing is right but the face, well not so much, but the build is right and just the right amount of frump in her original appearance on the telly. Definitely not the Grand Dame of the Marx Bros era you posted, she could give St Peter nightmares, yikes

    Have a great trip and keep us posted on the Reverends trials and tribulations on his slow slide into the Tiber

    Safe travels

  • Lucia S.

    In the 1990′s, I had the great good fortune to take a course on English Catholicism taught at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia by Fr. Saward — at the time, he was Mr. Saward. Shortly afterwards, he returned to England. I am so happy to hear that he is now a priest of the Roman Church! Best wishes to you and your family, and to Fr. Saward and his, from a fellow Tiber-swimmer.

  • Deacon Ed Peitler

    When you’re in Worcester, travel west a few miles to the town of Martley. There you will find the 12th century church of St. Peter’s where two sets of my great grandparents are buried. My great grandmother was the caretaker of the church late into her old age. Nearby is the road up to Kingswood where there is a 16th c home (the Jarays live there now) where my grandfather was born.