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Interesting Churches: The Holy Sepulchre

Friday, July 08, 2016

A church might be considered interesting for a plethora of reasons. One might consider it interesting because of certain architectural features, or because of its historical significance, or because it ministers to a particular group of people. For me, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem fulfils each of these points.  Read more

Interesting churches: Our Holy Redeemer's, Clydebank

Monday, June 13, 2016

Our Holy Redeemer’s church was opened on October 12th 1903, and was the first dedicated Catholic church to open in the town of Clydebank, where I grew up. The construction of Our Holy Redeemer’s (OHR) was funded by the first Catholic settlers of Clydebank, and my own great grandparents would have been amongst them. I have always found OHR an interesting church because of the historical connection to my own family, as well as the historic importance of OHR church in the local area.  Read more

Interesting Churches: Here, There and Everywhere

Saturday, June 04, 2016
As someone not particularly interested in architecture, I’m not sure I’ve ever encountered a church that I would describe as “interesting”. This is surely a problem when it comes to contributing to a blog series on interesting churches! Of course the word ‘interesting’ can be taken in many ways and perhaps I should talk about a church with a significant history - say the Lateran Basilica in Rome, or the now destroyed cathedral of St Andrew’s in Scotland. Or perhaps we can take ‘interesting’ to mean ‘architecturally significant’, such as San Clemente in Rome, where the twelfth century basilica sits on top of a fourth century church which is itself founded on second and first century houses and pagan temples.
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Interesting Churches: Santia Maria de Eunate, Spain

Saturday, May 28, 2016
One of the joys of pilgrimage if, like me, you are not a meticulous planner, is that you are always stumbling across fantastic places that you have never heard of and know nothing about. When I walked the 1,100 miles from Arles to Santiago de Compostela in 2012, there were dozens of occasions when I came across a Church on the route and thought, ‘This place should be famous.’ Frequently, it would transpire that it was, and that I was just ignorant! Read more

Interesting Churches: All Saints, Tudeley

Monday, May 09, 2016

Not far from where I grew up in Kent, the 'garden of England', there is a lovely little church dedicated to All Saints. When I led the Dominican Way walking pilgrimages in 2014-15 from Arundel to Canterbury, I made sure our route took us past this church at Tudeley. I didn't tell the pilgrims much about it in advance; I just let them discover this gem for themselves. Read more

Interesting Churches: St. Mary Undercroft, Palace of Westminster

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

This is the first post in a new series in which the Student Brothers will write about “Interesting Churches”. The title is deliberately broad in scope so as to allow for variety between the posts. A church might be interesting because of its place in history, its architecture or interior, or because of a special significance it has to a particular brother. I think that the church I have chosen to write about, St. Mary Undercroft in the Palace of Westminster, has all of these qualities. Read more

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