St John Baptist de la Salle

I love getting to know new saints, and as a priest, you have to meet them as you work through the church year–observing the different feasts and memorials. I had known of St John Baptist de la Salle and the Christian brothers, but didn’t know the details. It seems in every age God raises up [Read More...]

Favorite Churches Meme

Well, there’s my ten favorite churches. I nominate the Roving Medievalist, Fr Christopher at Atonement Online, and Fr Ray at St Mary Magdalene, Brighton. [Read more...]

Basilica de Sacre Coeur

The Basilica de Sacre Coeur is the first Catholic Church I ever entered. I was on a mission trip to France the summer of my senior year in high school. We went to Paris as tourists and ended up roaming the little streets and alleys of Montmartre. Suddenly we came on the Basilica. I had [Read More...]

Mont St Michel

I first visited the monastery at Mont St Michel the summer of 1987 when I did a hitch hiking pilgrimage from England to Jerusalem. I stayed with the monks, and grew to love the place. When I went to live on the Isle of Wight it was a short hop across the channel from Portsmouth [Read More...]

Downside Abbey

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Bradford on Avon

The ancient Saxon church in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire. I first visited this church as a student at Oxford, while on Easter break. Little did I know that I would come to live in Chippenham–just a ten minute drive from Bradford on Avon some years later. On my way to Downside Abbey on retreat, I [Read More...]