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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Off to the Cottage and a bit of News!

Image and video hosting by TinyPicWell, the time has come! After a long summer of translating from Andrewes’ Responsio ad Bellarmini in what I felt was crucial to my thesis on his views of Eucharistic Sacrifice and Presence, it is now time to go away, think and write. So, tomorrow (Sunday) after Mass, I will drive 40 minutes outside Durham to a small English village called Stanhope. There I will ascend a hill where an English cottage awaits my arrival to spend a week of silence and writing. It is very quiet out there:no phone, TV, Internet or anything to distract me. I am loading up boxes of books, numerous articles, my laptop, breviary and I will be on my way.Image and video hosting by TinyPic

My hopes are to get my chapter on Eucharistic Sacrifice within Andrewes’ theology written by next Saturday night—at least the rough draft anyway. I will also take another read and re-write through my chapter on Andrewes’ understanding of Instrumentality in the Eucharist as applying ‘anew’ the forgiveness of sins.

My plan is to work endlessly but also to go out on walks in the Moors and to look over the hills of southern Northumbria to hopefully get inspired to write something useful. This next year is so very busy and crucial that I get my thesis hopefully ready to submit by 1 Oct. 2007.

This brings me to my other news that cannot be fully disclosed until my return from Stanhope. That news is that I have been granted my title parish here in Durham to begin my priestly work after three years away from parish ministry for academic pursuits. I am very much looking forward to returning to parish life. I intend to keep a foot in the academy by hopefully doing some teaching in some capacity. Therefore my being granted a parish within Durham has come as a great blessing with many hopes for the future. I will relate more of this news once the parish has been ‘formally’ informed which should be within a week or two.

The blog will go quiet for the next week but I hope to report good news on my progress in writing. I humbly ask that you remember me in your prayers this next week as I seek the Holy Spirit's guiding in my writing.

This also means that I hope to send some work to my good friend Dr. Bill Tighe to read in the near future! Remember Bill, you said you would be happy to read it!!!! 

3 Comments:

Blogger Brian Douglas said...

Every blessing as you go. Brian

10:48 am  
Blogger Death Bredon said...

OK Jeff, why don't you make the rest of us who aren't enjoy wonderful walks on the Moors that bit more miserable by gloating :-)

Just kidding -- Enjoy God's Country!

10:28 pm  
Blogger Luke Strawhorn said...

Jeff,
Hope you have a good week. I will be sure to pray. Congradulations on the parish.

12:35 am  

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