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Celebration of John Bradburne’s Life

June 10, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The John Bradburne Memorial Society are holding a celebration of his life at Buckfast Abbey which will start with a Mass at 12pm, followed by lunch and talks with Author Professor David Crystal, French Historian Didier Rance and the Postulator of John Bradburne’s Cause, Dr Enrico Solinas. There will be music performed by the Haldon String Quartet who will be playing specially composed pieces which have been set to John Bradburne’s poetry.

John was an Englishman who dedicated his life to look after the poorest, most needy leprosy patients and society’s outcasts, providing ten years of selfless physical and spiritual care. He was murdered in 1979 in Zimbabwe. The society raises funds for the leprosy care centre and educates people regarding Bradburne’s saintly life and his prolific poetry writings.  Buckfast plays as significant role in John Bradburne’s incredible story. He was received into the Catholic Church in 1947 at Buckfast and lived with the monks, learning many skills in the hope to become a Benedictine Monk


June 10, 2023
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Buckfast Abbey


Buckfast Abbey