We must raise $643 by March 31st to pay critical bills. Essential to continue our mission. Donate now!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Were You There When They Accessorized My Lord?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 29, 2005

No reason why clerics' personalities should not be reflected in their robes.

A priest in Wiltshire has used her experience in the fashion industry to brighten up her robes. The priest, the Revd Veronica James, a design graduate and former buyer for a fashion chain, has designed all her own vestments, including four special stoles.

Mrs James, NS Assistant Curate of Ashton Keynes, Leigh and Minety, in the diocese of Bristol, said this week that there was no reason why clerics' personalities should not be reflected in their robes. For Lent, Mrs James has been wearing a purple stole sewn with 30 silver sequins, to represent Judas's pieces of silver.

The Rev. James's plum-tone mascara coordinates well with violet chasubles of Quadragesima. (Isn't that how Alphonsus Liguori got started?)

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our March expenses ($643 to go):
$35,000.00 $34,356.96
2% 98%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 4 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Gil125 - Mar. 30, 2005 6:40 PM ET USA

    Fr. Phillips, I don't know where you are but do you suppose you could get reincardinated to the Archdiocese of San Francisco?

  • Posted by: FrPhillips - Mar. 29, 2005 11:03 PM ET USA

    I was not so much throwing stones as I was shaking the dust from my sandals. I was an Anglican cleric from the Diocese of Bristol, before entering the Catholic Church and being ordained to the sacred Priesthood.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Mar. 29, 2005 6:26 PM ET USA

    Once again, I don't think we as Roman Catholics can throw stones at the glass house of our Anglican brethren (and, in this case, cistern) because of the stylishness of their priestesses. I can direct you to parishes immediately adacent to mine where R. C. priests wear vestments of their own choosing. Including, in one case, all the colors of the...rainbow.

  • Posted by: FrPhillips - Mar. 29, 2005 4:06 PM ET USA

    This is the same Anglican diocese in which the Rev. Peter Stone has now turned into the Rev. Carol Stone. (see the story: http://www.pfc.org.uk/news/2000/ston-sw3.htm ) Perhaps Mrs. James could help Mr./Ms. Stone with his/her accessorizing!

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Insights on the enigma that is Pope Francis March 27
Our Most Characteristic Vice? March 27
Recognizing the Noonday Devil March 27
Patricia Jannuzzi on gay activists: And the real problem is? March 27
Surrogate parenthood = exploitation of desperate women March 27

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope announces Jubilee: a Year of Mercy CWN - March 13