Welcome to Latin Gate, the reflections of Andrew Burnham. I have long been fascinated by the feast of St John ante portam Latinam (6th May in the old Calendar) and one of my achievements, when I was working on the Calendar for the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, was to suggest, successfully, that the feast be revived. The feast of St John the Apostle in Eastertide is a more accessible notion and it counterpoints with the winter feast, 27th December),when St John is celebrated within the Nativity Octave.
Latin Gate has been of relevance to me not just because I was Vicar of St John’s, Carrington, Nottingham (1987-1994) but also because, when I wa serving as Vice-Principal of St Stephen’s House, Oxford (1995-2000), we used St John’s, Iffley Road, the original home of SSJE, the ‘Crowley Fathers’. In Nottingham I had a house group called ‘Latin Gate’ for young couples, one of each pair being Anglican, the other Catholic. More recently, as we were convening to discuss becoming Catholics, a group of clergy met (2008-2010) under the heading ‘Latin Gate’.