Author Archives: Fr. Allan Hawkins

Historical Discovery, maybe

Waiting for a train the other day at Poitiers Gare, sitting on a bench and sipping a bottle of chilled Evian (alas, there was no Vittel available at the Relay), I happened to see a sign as shown on this … Continue reading

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Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet, Lest we forget, lest we forget …….

… words from Ruyard Kipling’s Recessional. We came to do what we had to do. We did not forget. On June 12 we were at Bailleul, in Flanders on the French-Belgian border, to be present at the grave of my … Continue reading

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A la recherche du temps perdu

– the title of the great seven-volume novel by Marcel Proust (1871–1922): well, that is indeed much of what we do here in France. Indeed, next week we will be on the French/Belgian border, at a place called Bailleul – … Continue reading

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Oh, one other thought: The Melchizadek Club

In my previous piece [vide infra] I wrote about the liturgical magnificence of the Irvingites – the soi disant Catholic Apostolic Church. From what little I know about it directly, and from what I have read, it would seem that … Continue reading

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Fragments that remain

When I became pastor of St George’s, Stevenage, in 1963 I found in the parish community an elderly lady, Miss Adele Packer, who had been raised in the Catholic Apostolic Church – the “Irvingites” as they were called. The story … Continue reading

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As Shakespeare said: “What’s in a name?”

These thoughts were prompted by a recent piece in the Wall Street Journal (May 13) on the contemporary popularity ratings of names given to children – “Christian names” as we would call them, rather than the secular preference for “Forenames”. … Continue reading

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Be fruitful, and multiply

Thoughts on Mothers’ Day,  as we welcome into our family our beautiful, new-born, adopted twin grandchildren, Samuel and Thomas. Some thirty-five years ago I attended a conference in Indianapolis on preaching. One of the featured speakers at that conference referred … Continue reading

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