Issue 9 of Orientale Lumen

Issue 9 of Orientale Lumen, the newsletter of the EACHS, is now out. This issue contains reports on the proceedings of the Society’s AGM on 9 June.


Issue 8 of Orientale Lumen

Issue 8 of Orientale Lumen, the newsletter of the EACHS, is now out. This edition features details of the Society’s AGM on Saturday 9 June 2018 as well as information about an excursion to Kesgrave, Suffolk and an extended review of an important new book about recusants in sixteenth-century Suffolk, Ralph Houlbrooke’s Love and Dishonour in Elizabethan England.

Issue 6 of Orientale Lumen

Issue 6 of Orientale Lumen, the newsletter of the EACHS, is now out. This issue reports on a special Requiem Mass at St Edmund, King and Martyr, Bury St Edmunds to commemorate the parish’s First World War dead and the launch of the cause for the beatification of Leonard Cheshire, as well as including an update on new and forthcoming books that may be of interest to members.

Heritage Open Days 2017

Heritage Open Days will be running 7-10 September this year and, as usual, a few of the Diocese of East Anglia’s churches are taking part, including Our Lady and the Annunciation, King’s Lynn and the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich. The Cathedral will also be offering a ‘Lights of Heaven‘ tour of its stained glass windows. Other sites with Catholic associations that will be open to the public include the Farmers’ Club in Bury St Edmunds (former townhouse of the recusant Gage family) and Giffords Hall, Stoke-by-Nayland (former home of the recusant Mannock family).

On Saturday 9 September the EACHS’s Secretary, Dr Francis Young, will be leading guided tours of the Bishop’s Palace at Ely, which was a prison for recusants between 1577 and 1597.

AGM set to take place at Oxburgh on 10 June 2017

The 2017 Annual General Meeting of the East Anglian Catholic History Society will take place at 2pm on Saturday 10 June 2017 in the chapel of Oxburgh Hall, by kind permission of Sir Henry Bedingfeld, Bt and the National Trust. All members are welcome to attend but they must notify the Secretary in advance in order to obtain a ticket which will give free access to the grounds of Oxburgh Hall. If you are interested in coming please e-mail the Secretary: catholiceastanglia{at}

The AGM will be followed by a talk on the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in the fifteenth century by Dr John Ashdown-Hill.