These are Chesterton’s rousing lines about Don John of Austria en route to his victory at Lepanto in 1571, passing “by Alcalar”, the site of a Christian victory over the Moors in 1246. Chesterton’s poem and the Church Militant that it glorifies continue to resonate in our own beleaguered days in which the old Islamic foe is assisted by the apparent death wish of modern Europe. Today, as in the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries, Europe needs a champion to whom its people can rally.
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A Light in the East

The late Fr. Milward was much more than a leading scholar of Shakespeare and Hopkins. He was also a keen observer of culture, seeing it through the lens of his training as a Jesuit and also from the perspective of more than sixty years of teaching in Japan. Here is my tribute to Fr. Milward’s insights into the true meaning and purpose of education:

Join Me in France this Summer

I will be returning to Chavagnes International College in the beautiful Vendée region of France this summer to teach a one-week intensive course on “The Annointed Imagination”, which will cover the full spectrum of great literature from Homer to Tolkien. Please do consider joining me. Details of the Conference and of the MA program offfered by The Studium at Chavagens are given in the following links:


The Studium, for the MA etc: