Enrollment of Robert Llizo as an Oblate-Candidate – 30 May 2018

I am delighted to announce that Robert Llizo was enrolled today as an oblate candidate.  The enrollment took place in the Lady Chapel at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham, Father Charles Hough IV officiating.  Congratulations, Robert!  And thanks to all oblates and friends for continued prayers.  May our common life and common witness…

Saint Augustine of Canterbury – 28 May 2018

Continuing the series on patron saints of our oblates.  Today is the feast day of St. Augustine of Canterbury, patron of Father Jack Augustine Barker, Obl.S.B. and of Father Don Augustine Malines, Obl.S.B.  Name-day blessings to you, Fathers! [The following is adapted from what is posted here.] Saint Augustine of Canterbury, also called Austin, was born…

St. Bede the Venerable – May 25

St. Bede the Venerable – May 25 Continuing the series on patron saints of our oblates.  Today is the feast day of St. Bede the Venerable, patron of Chris Bede Lane, Obl.S.B. (and of me, Br. John-Bede Pauley, O.S.B., liaison for the St. Benet Biscop Chapter).  Name-day blessings to us both, Chris! [The following is…

English and Welsh Martyrs – 4 May

Continuing the series on patron saints of our oblates.  Today is the feast day (one of the feast days) of St. John Roberts, patron of Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B.  As with Nathaniel, you, Jason, get two celebrations (or possibly three?)! Name-day blessings to you! Today, I post a simple statement on the martyrs considered and…

Liturgy and Literature

Wresting a few moments from research to jot down a few thoughts sparked by reading G. K. Chesterton’s words, attached below.  (Fr. Hunwicke posted the Chesterton passage on his blog, here, and Fr. Hunwicke credits Professor William Tighe with bringing Chesterton’s words to his attention.) The claim that English literature is an aspect of the…

St. Joseph the Worker – 1 May

Continuing the series on patron saints of our oblates.  Today is the feast day (the other feast day) of St. Joseph–St. Joseph the Worker, today.  St. Joseph is the patron saint of Nathaniel Joseph Marshall, Obl.S.B.  Nathaniel, your patron earns you a second celebration! Name-day blessings to you! [Image: Millais’s “The Carpenter’s Shop”] [The following…

Oblation of Michael Erconwald Andrews, Obl.S.B. – 30 April 2018

Congratulations to Michael Erconwald Andrews, Obl.S.B., who made his act of oblation today (30 April 2018) in Michigan.  This moment coincides with the feast of his patron as well as the beginning of his work for the Diocese of Lansing as their new chancellor.  Peace and blessings, Michael Erconwald!

St. Erconwald – April 30

Continuing the series on patron saints of our oblates.  Today is the feast day of St. Erconwald, patron of Michael Andrews, who also makes his oblation this day.  St. Erconwald, pray for Michael and for the St. Benet Biscop Chapter of St. John’s Oblates. St. Bede’s History of the English Church and People, Book IV,…

Nameday Blessings to Karen Patrick Lee-Thorp, Obl.S.B. – 17 March 2018

St. Patrick – 17 March Continuing the series on patron saints of our oblates.  Today is the feast day of St. Patrick, patron of Karen Patrick Lee-Thorp, Obl.S.B.  Name-day blessings to you, Karen Patrick! (The following is adapted from this site) Saint Patrick was born in Roman Britain.  (There is some evidence that he might have…

Benedictine and (versus) Jesuit

A blessed feast of the Chair of St. Peter to you! On this day of the patron of the Ordinariate in the U.S. and Canada, Father Hunwicke happened to post an anecdote that refers to an important characteristic, I believe, of English spirituality. Here is the post: “The Reverend Professor Canon Dr Eric Mascall recorded…