Some thanks are due and future Fr. Z trips

Lately I received a very interesting book from a kind participant here, PF of the UK, Ad Infinitum: a biography of Latin by Nicholas Ostler.  I mentioned this gift before but it bears repeating.  This looks really interesting.  I read the preface last night. Thanks!  

Also, I am used to people giving me their baggage, but yesterday was with a difference.  The FedEx truck pulled up through the snow drifts of the Sabine Farm and left me a little carry-on bag, also from that same Amazon wish list – perfect for a very short trip.  As a matter of fact, I will use it on my upcoming KC visit.  Alas, there was no invoice with the bag, so I don’t know who sent it.  My guardian angel knows who you are, of course, and so I will send my best wishes in the manner of prayers for your health and good state of life.

I will be making a voyage to the UK for from 1-21 February.  I have to give a couple talks.  So, I am extremely grateful for the donations that have come through the button on the side bar and on a few of the entries with audio projects. The prospect of coping with the GBP is daunting in the extreme.   I look forward to seeing old friends and finding a few new ones.

So, to you readers in the UK, perhaps we can find ways to meet while I am there.  A blognic might be in order.  I believe I will be visiting the great Fr. Finigan at first.  I must dash to Rome for couple days, easy from England, on a promise and for various errands and work.  I also promised someone I would visit Portsmouth.  I am rather eager to see Portsmouth, actually.  I believe that is the historic port the Royal Navy, which I hope to see.  There is a chance I will go to Leeds for a talk. 

Just think of what might happen to me in Portsmouth and Leeds, given what this blog as presented on Summorum Pontificum.  Hmmm…

Also, I must be in Oxford 15-16 February for a talk and maybe a Mass.  I will for sure have to have a visit to the Eagle and Child in honor of the Professor and also a very close friend. 

The rest of the time I hope to see some sights.  I have made a few dashes through London since my first visit about 25 years ago, but I haven’t really seen much of that great city since.  Every time I have gone there I have either had to go around the center or just go from point A to point B by the quickest route.  Maybe some Londoners can get involved with this.

In any event, this Saturday morning I will, as I have done in the past, take with me to the altar for Mass a list of all those who have sent gifts or made donations since the last time I did this back in November. 

You have my gratitude.

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  1. Jon says:

    Kiss me, Hardy!

    Father, I visited H.M.S. Victory several years ago on a trip to Portsmouth. She’s a must see, as well as the Mary Rose, which is also nearby. I look forward to hearing your remarks after you see the spot where Nelson died. I won’t spoil it for you, you’ll have to experience it for yourself. I’ll just say our deification of Washington is nothing compared to it.

    Be nice to the powder monkeys, and remember, England expects everyman to do his duty…and have fun!

  2. David Cheney says:

    KC? as in Kansas City?

    (I’m in Kansas City in Kansas)

  3. craig says:

    Just like David, I am, also in Kansas City. Let us know where you are gonna be, perhaps coffee (or tea or whatever)

  4. PNP, OP says:

    Fr. Z., while you are in Oxford, stop by Blackfriars on St Giles and tell the brothers Philip Neri says hello. You might even get one or two of them to accompany you to the Baby and the Bird!

    Fr. Philip, OP

  5. Little Gal says:

    “I will for sure have to have a visit to the Eagle and Child in honor of the Professor and also a very close friend.”

    Colin Dexter who wrote the Inspector Morse books also frequented this place.

  6. Hopefully we can have a big crew there!

  7. Malta says:

    Fr. you are wonderful, you have done great things for the Church; in fact, you are monumental in preserving the Good Friday Prayers. But please, and this is your home, and so I am here as a guest, could you please not make this blog a personal diary; otherwise, you might have some folks saying hasta la vista. Again, I really love this blog, that is just my opinion.

  8. Fr Renzo di Lorenzo says:

    As another guest (often an enfant terrible), let me add this:

    A great thing about the Catholic Church, as opposed to the heresies which condemned the fact that we have material bodies along with our spiritual souls, is that we begin to understand that we are not wires and electronics, but human beings rejoicing in the Triumph of Christ among us, even by, for instance — called together, both physically and spiritually — offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Word Incarnate.

    Even listening to or giving a conference, with actual people assembled for this, a “big crew”, is a good thing. That needs networking, advertising. God created us as human beings, and redeemed us to be human beings lifted up by His grace, but, still, human beings nonetheless. Let’s not begrudge each other that; let’s rejoice with each other in that.

  9. Mark says:

    When you come to good old blighty, do let us know if you venture North (e.g. Edinburgh).

  10. Dan Hunter says:

    Dear Father,
    Off subject. I am not able to get your feed in North Carolina and am wondering if this might be a problem in the american southeast?
    I have not been able to raise your site since 2:00 pm est yesterday the 16th.
    Can you make any sense of this?
    Thank you and God bless you.

  11. seanie says:

    When in London, the beautiful Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception in Farm Street(Mayfair) is well worth a visit. Also the dear Tyburn
    nuns at Marble Arch – perpetual Echaristic Adoraiton in the
    heart of London.

    God be with you on your trip Fr.

  12. I wonder, Father, whether when in Oxford you’ll get a chance to visit Merton College Chapel, scene of recent conferences and reflections on the liturgy? There are lots of other lovely things to see, of course (and the ‘Bird and Baby’ is very fine if you go at the right time of day)!

  13. Athanasius: I would very much like to see Chapel of Merton, where the Professor was not doubt many times inspired.

  14. Jim says:

    May I add to Mark’s comment? Do come north and I’ll take you on the trail of the Eccles locations I mentioned a while ago…there’s also Falkland – the only Royal Palace in Britain where Mass is still said.

  15. Mark says:

    Jim: you’re right! Falkland is lovely!
    Eccles… as in Eccles cakes? ;-)

  16. Sue Sims says:

    Ah! Could you make Oxford on the 16th – the Saturday? My oldest son’s at Oxford, and motherly love would impel me to go and visit him…

    Will you be staying with the Oratory fathers?

  17. Patrick says:

    I note, Father, that you plan to visit Portsmouth and Leeds, among other places in the UK. Do you by any chance plan to engage in discussion with Bishop Hollis (or rather his protege, Paul Inwood) and Bishop Roche on their extremely negative interpretations of the Holy Father’s Motu Proprio? Love to be a fly on the wall!

  18. Patrick: I have no such plans.

  19. wayne says:

    Dear Fr Z did you say you also wanted to see Hadrians Wall….????
    with all these other places on the agenda you’ll be getting your food
    launched at you from a Catapult or Mangonel or some other type of siege
    engine….methinks, the besieging chefs will need to be deadly accurate
    as you’ll be travelling at speeds aproaching Light…!!!!. If you cant
    make the Wall…..I’ll bring a fragment to you….but keep it under your hat
    or else the whole Wall will end up beside London Bridge…in Arizona…!!!

  20. Mark says:

    Now, father, if you see Hadrian’s Wall, then the ruined Abbeys of the borders are just north of that, then you’re at Edinburgh… ;-p

  21. Christopher says:

    Upcoming KC trip?

    Please give us more details Father we would love to give you a proper welcome here in Kansas City

  22. Simon Platt says:

    Any further news about your British itinerary, Father?

  23. The UK, yes and KC. I will be arriving in the UK on 1 February. I will have to got o Rome for a week, 5-12 February, and then back to the UK until 21 Feb. I must be in Oxford on 15 Feb. The rest is a little fluid. I think at the beginning I will spend a couple days with the great Fr. Finigan in Blackfen.

    Also, about KC: I think there will be a chance for a short blognic, on this coming Saturday morning.

  24. Simon Platt says:

    Thanks Father.

    There’s a small chance that I might be in Oxfordshire in mid February, and you also mentioned Leeds (which is not exactly close to where I live but might just be possible), so if you’re speaking there I might be able to make it.

    I’ve subscribed to comments to this post as well as to the main blog and I hope to hear more in the next week or so!


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