Today, 14 July, is the Anniversary of the day in 1979 when Jerome Bertram, later of the Congregation of the Oratory, was ordained Priest in the Cathedral Church of S Philip in Arundel.
Father was a finely sensitive historian (FSA), a scholar among scholars, MA of S John's College in this University ... a college which, in the reign of Bloody Bess was a hotbed of Popery ... indeed, it was for just such a purpose that it had been founded.
Father was a Classical scholar. He became one of this country's most notable experts on monumental brasses and monumental inscriptions generally.
He never possessed a mobile phone.
When he died on 19 October, 2019, it was the Feast Day of S Frideswide, Patron of Oxford; and similtaneously that of S Philip Howard, Patron of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton ... where Father was both baptised and ordained.
Before the Canonisation of Philip Howard, the future cathedral had been dedicated to S Philip Neri, Founder of the Oratories.
It is a privilege to have known him, and, in a small degree, to have collaborated with him.