Circle Events

Oxford Circle Mass for Vocations, 12th April 2024.

Brothers and wives of Oxford Circle held their Mass for Vocations on April 12th. They were hosted by the Salesian Sisters at Elmthorpe Convent Oxford who welcomed them into their Chapel.

Bro President Mike Ryan and Secretary Bro Chris Bevan met Sr Breda Byrne and Sr Pat Divine when Mike presented them with a cheque to support their work in running an after-school club for pupils, mostly from East Timor, of Greyfriars Catholic Academy, Oxford. When the Sisters heard that the Circle was planning their annual Mass for Vocations they immediately offered their Chapel.

Mass was celebrated by Fr Martin Mikuskiewicz, a Capuchin Friar at Greyfriars Oxford and Parish Priest at St Edmund and St Frideswide Parish Oxford. In his homily he urged the congregation that it was not anyone’s role to “call” others to a vocation. This was for God to do. Our role is to live holy lives as examples that will help others to hear God’s call. There is a lesson here for us Catenians worrying about falling numbers. Perhaps we should be concerned with setting a good example and leaving the call to God?

Brothers and their wives enjoyed a marvellous buffet supper after Mass provided by the Sisters.

Oxford Circle’s Latest Recruit.

The brothers of Oxford Circle were pleased to welcome their latest recruit Luis Prado Luque at their April (2024) meeting. Outgoing President Bro Mike Ryan presided over the enrolment and commented: “ It is great to start the new year with an enrolment. We hope for one or two more in the coming months.”

Brother Luis, a parishioner of Our Lady & St Edmund, Abingdon hails from Honduras and has been living in Abingdon with his wife and two daughters for nearly two years. Luis is a Carer and Wellness and Lifestyle Coach and met the Catenians when they hosted after Mass Coffee. He and his daughters attended the summer BBQ and then started to visit Circle meetings.

“I immediately felt welcomed by the brothers of the Circle and enjoyed the sense of Catholic brotherhood.”

Our picture shows Luis flanked by Provincial Councillor Bro. George Steele and President Bro. Mike Ryan.

The 80th Anniversary Dinner, Monday 16th October 2023.

Dinner was celebrated at the Hawkwell House Hotel in Iffley Oxford with 54 brothers including invited guests. Meeting was opened by Br President Michael Ryan.
To continue.

Presidential Mass, 30th July 2023.

July the 30th was the date of the presidential Mass, which this year was held in St Peter’s Catholic Church in Eynsham. The Mass followed by a lovely lunch in the Michael Ryan house, our current President. Lunch was superb and even the heavy rain could not spoil it. The number of quests associated with the circle excited all the expectations. It was also nice to see our most senior member, David Bolley.
Many thanks to Mike and his wife Christine for their hospitality.   
Click for photos from the event.

Presidential Mass, 23rd July 2022.

The Mass was held on 23rd July in the 19 century Church of St Mary in East Hendred near Abingdon, which is the Parish church of our current President George Steele.
The day was sunny and very hot. And traditionally, after the mass we spent a lovely afternoon with a great lunch in the President house. 
It was a lovely event, please see photos attached.

Visiting the Asthall Manor sculpture exhibition, 7th July 2022.

A small group from the Circle visited the exhibition at the manor, organized by Michael Ryan. It was absolutely superb and unique, definitely worth seeing. After the event we went to Michael house for a tasty lunch. Here are photos from that event. 

From our late 900th Meeting Celebration
on Monday 14th February 2022
at VOCO Thames Hotel in Oxford.

2021 Events.

  • 28th October 2021.
    Oxford Circle’s Peter Selwood and Denis O’Driscoll, who happen to be brothers-in-law, received their Benemerenti Papal Award. 
    Below are photographs from the presentation Mass for brother Denis D’Driscoll in the Church of Bl. Dominic Barberi in Littlemore Oxford, where Brother Denis is a parishioner.
    Our sincere congratulation to both brothers.

(Photographs from Church website)

  • 9th October 2021.
    Today is the feast day of one of our patrons, St John Henry Newman.
    Saint John Henry Newman was born on 21 February 1801 in London, England. As an Anglican clergyman for over twenty years he won renown as a preacher and theologian. A Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford, he became one of the leaders of the Oxford Movement and a prominent figure in the Church of England.
    On 9th October 1845 he was received into full communion with the Catholic Church by Blessed Dominic Barberi of the Passionist Congregation. After a period of study in Rome he was ordained priest on 30 May 1847. Returning to England he established the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri in Birmingham. He was an influential writer on many subjects, most notably the development of Christian doctrine, the true understanding of conscience, faith and reason, the role of the laity, and university education. In 1879 he was created Cardinal by Pope Leo XIII and given the title of San Giorgio in Velabro. He died in the Birmingham Oratory on 11 August 1890. He was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on 19 September 2010 and canonised by Pope Francis on 13 October 2019.  

    Some of us were privileged to be in Rome for that canonisation event-what a great weekend that was!
    By Patrick Mulqueen,  President of the Oxford Circle. 
  • 15th April – Blenheim Palace virtual tour by Palace Historian Antonia Kearney (via Zoom). 
    It was an intriguing and interesting evening about the history of one of the most famous palaces in the United Kingdom, and of course the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The virtual tool is just incredible and it is worth to explore on the Palace website. As you can expect, the Oxford circle small audience listen to the presentation with a great interest. 

2020 Events.

  • January 25th2020 – Circle Burns Night. This event is being held to raise funds for the 900th Meeting in Trinity Church Hall Abingdon

  • 900thMeeting tentatively scheduled for July 2021 will be a ladies night. Venues are being investigated a College dinner will be expensive Circle. Brothers were asked the appetite for a College dinner versus a venue such as the Four Pillars or Jury’s. It was agreed that a celebration of this significance should be available to as many brothers and wives as possible and therefore cost is a major consideration. 

  • Other Oxford, Provincial and National events can be seen in the Monthly Circular. A visit to Highgrove is in the planning stage, any brother wishing to attend should let Brothers Pat or Paul know.

Circle Past Events.

Oxford Catenians Visit the Houses of Parliament.  May 2019.
On a murky Saturday morning in May, 22 Oxford Catenians and their wives gathered at Redbridge in Oxford to board a coach that was taking them to visit the Palace of Westminster. This was not an a empt to help the oovernment move Brexit along, but none the less, Circle Vice President, Pat Mulqueen checked each of the travellers to ensure there weren’t any barrels of gun powder hidden anywhere! Continue for the full story.

Oxford Circle Host the Catenian Golf Society. February 2019.

It was in February of this year that our incoming President received an unusual request to move the date and locaton of our May Circle meeting. The request came from Brendan Williams of the Catenian Golf Society who were to hold the annual Golf Tournament at the North Oxford Golf Club. Well Oxford Circle being an accommodatng grouu readily agreed and so ulans were laid to move the meetng to the Jurys Hotel at Wolvercote and the date brought forward by ten days. For the full story continue from here.

New Circle Membership Officers Meeting – A Great start to the Year.
March 2019.

Early on a March Saturday morning, Circle President Denis O’Driscoll and Marketing & Membership Officer Chris Bevan travelled to Langley, Berks to attend a meeting of incoming and existing Membership Officers from Province 8. The meeting also attracted representatives from Provinces 6 other provinces, in total over 40 Brothers were present. Continue for the full story.

Reward for Long Service. March 2019.

Oxford Circle’s Alan Edmondson has been awarded the BeneMerenti medal. The award is in recognition of his longstanding service at St Vincent’s Nursing Home in Eastcote, West London. The medal was presented by Father John Deehan, chairman of the trustees of St Vincent’s, at a surprise ceremony at Danesfield House near Marlow. “It was totally unexpected,” Alan says. “I thought I was going to a retirement party for one of the sisters who worked at the home.”  Click here for the full story.

North Oxford Deanery Clergy hear about the Catenian Bursary Fund.
February 2019.

Brother President Denis was invited by The Dean of the North Oxford Deanery, Fr John Hancock, to address the clergy at the meetng held in Our Lady & St Hugh in Witney. Thirteen of the sixteen parishes in the Deanery where represented at the meetng. Some of the clergy are very conversant with the Associaton, others much less so. This was a great opportunity to make all aware.  Continue for the full story.

Oxford Circle Visit the Boolean Library. May 2018.

A group of Brothers and wives of Oxford Circle took a tour of the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

“The Bod,” as it is known to Oxford scholars, is the main research Library of the University of Oxford and is one of the oldest libraries in Europe. With over 12 million items it is the second largest in Britain, after the British Library.  The library features strongly in the SKY television program “A Discovery of Witches” currently showing on the TV.  Continue for the full story.

Oxford Entertain the Clergy. October 2017.

Traditionally, at the October meeting the president and brothers of the Circle entertain the local Clergy. This year the evening coincided with the Newman Night Walk and so Clergy numbers were depleted. However, four Clergy attended and observed the meeting and after dinner were given a short presentation and video of the Bursary fund. Continue for the full story.