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Recusant chapel set for Lottery funding Free

14 November 2013 | by Christopher Lamb | Comments: 2

Restoration of the pre-Reformation chapel at Stonor Park in Oxfordshire is on course to win Lottery funding, writes Christopher Lamb.

The Chapel of the Blessed Trinity, near Henley-on-Thames, has been a Catholic place of worship since 1349. Stonor Park is the home of Lord and Lady Camoys and has been in the Stonor family for more than 850 years. In 1581, the family hid one of the English martyrs there, Edmund Campion, the Jesuit priest who printed his pamphlet in defence of the Catholic faith and was later hanged, drawn and quartered. Campion was canonised in 1970.

The chapel has received a first-round pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to retile its roof and that of the adjoining clock tower as well as improve the building’s rainwater drainage system. A first-round pass means a project meets the criteria for lottery funding. The HLF has already awarded £12,700 to help with investigation works prior to an application for a full grant. It is estimated that the retiling of the chapel will cost in the region of £200,000.

 





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Comment by: Rory O'Donnell
Posted: 20/11/2015 17:36:15

Ireland may be increasingly pluralist but it is not pace Sarah McDonald a 'secular republic]'

The state may eschew monarchy but it does not eschew religion.

France is a 'secular republic' and the USA has 'separation of church and state'.

These are positive positions which Ireland has not taken up, even by default.

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Comment by: AlanWhelan
Posted: 18/11/2015 10:59:02

As an RTE licence payer I feel that the station has become increasingly secularised especially with hostile reporting by the likes of Ray D'Arcy and Olivia O'Leary and by the station swallowing in each and every possible Catholic controversy.

This I believe is what is really behind the misgivings of my local TD (MP) Michael Healy-Rea and that great champion of Christian values David Quinn.

For my own part I am quite comfortable with the new Angelus and the timely reminders that it gives to members of my family to pray and reflect twice daily on the Mystery of the Incarnation.

 
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