Chesterton said, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”


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On Saturday 28th April 2012 Dom Aidan Bellenger OSB, Abbot of Downside and Conventual Chaplain ‘Ad Honorem’ of the Order, celebrated a most moving Mass at the foot of the bed of our confrère Sir John Keegan, the eminent military historian, now largely confined to bed through ill health. Gathered round Sir John’s bed for Mass were fourteen others, including his wife, three of his children, his son-in-law, one of his grandsons, and six other members of the Order in choir dress at Sir John’s request, among them the Vice-President of BASMOM. 

Sir John was in very good spirits and after Mass enjoyed talking individually to those present, who remained in his room for drinks. Lady Keegan then hosted a most enjoyable informal lunch. Sir John and Lady Keegan’s lovely house, on the edge of the village and next to the medieval parish church, provided the perfect setting, and many commented on the beauty of the gardens as seen from Sir John’s bedroom window. 

All are asked to remember Sir John Keegan and his family in their prayers.