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...]

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...]


The English Dominicans are experiencing renewal and along the lines of the reform of the reform. They have young vocations, and its centered at Blackfriars in Oxford. Check out their cool blog here, and some great photos from the election of their new provincial and their Holy Week and Easter celebrations. I especially liked seeing [Read More...]

Memories of John Paul the Great

On the third anniversary of the death of John Paul the Great, Owl of the Remove records his personal memories. He attended Mass in the Pope’s private chapel and was in Rome when the Pope died. Read it here. [Read more...]

Financing Eternity

If we are to build beautiful churches it will cost money. Lots of money. The pragmatists look at the price tag and pull back. “Surely we can make some cut backs!” “Surely we should be giving this money to the poor.” “Surely we don’t need quite such a big church or quite such expensive fittings.” [Read More...]

Beauty and Truth

I hope you found the recent cathedral quiz amusing. The mixture was supposed to show that the brutalist school of architecture produces church buildings that are not dis-similar to parking garages, concrete bunkers and shopping malls. The problem with many modern churches is a problem with the underlying philosophy of architecture, and underlying that is [Read More...]

cathedral Quiz 9

make a guess… [Read more...]

Cathedral Quiz 8

Go for it… [Read more...]

Cathedral Quiz 7

any guesses? [Read more...]

Cathedral Quiz 6

Don’t be shy. Give it a try. [Read more...]

Cathedral Quiz 5

Keep going… [Read more...]

Cathedral Quiz 4

Question 4…The palm trees are a giveaway. [Read more...]

Cathedral Quiz 3

Where’s this? More later. [Read more...]