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13 August 2015 | by Christopher Lamb

Father figure

It is the end of an era in an English corner of Rome: after almost two decades as Rector of the Beda College, Mgr Roderick Strange is leaving.Mgr Strange – or “Rod” to his friends – is widely considered to be one of the English Church’s most thoughtful figures. Trained at the Venerable English College, Rome, during the years of the Second Vatican Council, he has an Oxford doctorate and has written widely on theology. Alongside guiding the seminary for late vocations in those from the English-speaking world, he has been called upon regularly to speak and write about the figure of John Henry Newman, on whom he is an expert. In the autumn, Mgr Strange, 70, is due to publish a 750-page edition of Newman’s letters and he will also be taking up a visiting pro


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