Over the past 160 or so years, the Catholic Revival (embracing the Oxford Movement, Tractarians, Prayer-Book Catholics, Anglo-Papalists – or what most people call ‘Anglo Catholics’ or ‘High Church’) has gradually enriched the very ‘comprehensive school’ that is the Church of England. It has brought many people to their knees through beautiful churches, exquisitely furnished and adorned, through moving worship, music, craftsmanship and devotion, and its ministry of caring and social justice, especially in deprived areas.
There cannot be a church or parish today that has not been influenced by it to a greater or lesser extent. Yet its amazing story involves tremendous opposition and persecution, including riots, court cases, desecration of churches and acts of worship, bishops inhibiting their clergy and refusing to consecrate churches.
Its story is fascinating and we hope to show you some of the events, churches and remarkable characters who have been part of a Movement which fascinates and intrigues many church-folk and non church-folk alike!
This free lecture is given by Roy Tricker. Born in Essex, Roy Tricker grew up in Hertfordshire before moving to his beloved Suffolk at the age of 10. A teacher for most of his working life and for 18 years Head of Religious Education at a High School in Ipswich, Roy then spent 11 years as South East Regional Field Officer with the Churches Conservation Trust. He took early retirement in 2002, has been a Licensed Reader in the Church of England since 1970 and is a Lay Canon of St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds.
A crusading church-crawler since the age of four, Roy now spends his time sharing his passion for these amazing buildings, praising and promoting them from the pulpit, projector and coach seat. He gives countless lectures and slide shows, has written over 200 church guidebooks and published works, and has featured on both radio and TV. He firmly believes that the love of churches is absorbing and infectious for people of all religions and of none, and also that every old church is the most interesting in the country, because each has a unique character, well worth getting to know and love.