This year marks the centenary of the opening of the church of the Holy Spirit at Heckmondwike. There has been extensive work to repair the fabric of the building over recent months and now the church is closed for a few weeks to enable complete redecoration. Consequently there will be no Extraordinary Rite of Mass there until after Easter. There are plenty of celebrations planned for the centenary including a visit from Mr. Dale Alquist, the President of the American Chesterton Society* who will give a talk at the church on Sunday April 6th. at 2.00 p.m.
Masses tomorrow for the second Sunday of Lent
11.00 a.m. at Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall near Skipton
3.00 p.m. at St. Joseph's, Pontefract Rd. Castleford
Dale Ahlquist is President of the American Chesterton Society, creator and host of the EWTN series “G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense,” and Publisher of Gilbert Magazine. He is the author of three books, including The Complete Thinker, which was published in the fall of 2012, and has edited eight books of Chesterton's writings. He is a Senior Fellow of the Chesterton Library at Oxford, and is considered one of the leading Chesterton scholars in the world.
Dale has given over 400 lectures at major colleges and universities and other venues, including Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Notre Dame, Oxford, Cal-Berkeley, Cal-Tech, Rice, Penn, Dartmouth, San Pablo (Madrid), the Vatican Forum in Rome, and the House of Lords in London.
He is the co-founder of Chesterton Academy, a high school near Minneapolis, which was named one of the top 50 Catholic high schools in the country in 2012.
Dale received a B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and a M.A. from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He and his wife Laura have six children.
“Ahlquist on Chesterton is like Plato on Socrates, or Boswell on Johnson.” New Oxford Review.