In the Footsteps of the Apostles

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Date / time: 30 June, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Downside Abbey

In the Footsteps of the Apostles

Friday 30th June 2017, 9.30am – 4.00pm

Downside Abbey Visitor Centre

Contact: 01761 235323


In 2008 Abbot Aidan Bellenger launched The Abbot’s Forum, a series of popular lectures on a variety of Downside related themes. It is with great pleasure that the recently established Heritage Department has relaunched this important outreach mission, now known as The Downside Lectures.

The first in this series In the Footsteps of the Apostles concentrates on three bishops  who have recently been the subject of the recently re-founded Downside Abbey Press.

Dr Giles Mercer, former Head Master of Stonyhurst College and Prior Park, will present a paper on his critically acclaimed account of Bishop William Brownlow, fourth Bishop of Clifton (1830-1901).

Rev Dr Canon Tony Harding, Clifton Diocesan Archivist, is a noted historian and parish priest. Harding will present a paper on Bishop William Clifford, third Bishop of Clifton (1823-1893).

Dr Simon Johnson, Director of Heritage at Downside Abbey, presents a paper on Bishop Richard Russell, a subject of his recently published account of The English College at Lisbon.

Tickets include lunch and a tour of the Monastery Archives and Library.


8.30am Mass (Optional)

9.30 Tea/Coffee

9.50 Introduction and Welcome

10.00 Rev Dr Canon Harding – Bishop Clifford

11.00 Break

11.15 Dr Giles Mercer – Bishop Brownlow

12.25 Midday Office (Optional)

12.45 Lunch

1.30 Dr Simon Johnson – Bishop Russell

2.30 Tour of Monastery Library

4.00 Finish

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