St Mary’s Brading

The country church on the Isle of Wight where I was vicar. The present church was built in the eleventh century after the Norman invasion, replacing a wooden structure which was probably built on a pagan worship site on top of the hill. Brading was a harbor in the middle ages, and legend has it [Read More...]

Quarr Abbey

I first visited Quarr Abbey while an Anglican curate serving in East Sussex. I went with a priest friend who had served on the Isle of Wight, and loved the place immediately. I went back several times on retreat, and it was the Benedictine life at Quarr, and the antiquated pace of life on the [Read More...]

Kings College Cambridge

Kings College, Cambridge is one of the most perfectly splendid churches in Christendom. A lofty and open space, it rivals any gothic church anywhere for the combination of light and celestial beauty. When the architecture and beautiful setting along the banks of the River Cam are combined with the singing of the world famous choir [Read More...]

Little Gidding

We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. Through the unknown, unremembered gate When the last of earth left to discover Is that which was the beginning; At the source of the longest river The [Read More...]

My Favorite Churches

Here starts a series of photographs of churches that mean a lot to me for one reason or another. The idea was prompted by Fra Lew’s photographs of Blackfriars below. When I first went to Oxford I started to attend Choral Evensong every Saturday night. The three main medieval colleges to maintain great choirs were [Read More...]

Anne Rice Update

There were some comments after my favorable review of Anne Rice’s Out of Egypt. Some were negative, but others speculated that Anne Rice was going to write another vampire novel. My blog review got a mention on Anne Rice’s website, and I’ve now been asked to interview Anne Rice for an article in St Austin [Read More...]