That is the common refrain of those who have passed through this place. That, indeed, is the aim of the Christian life, to be changed from glory to glory, into the likeness of the God who has created us and who calls us to Himself. That is the purpose of the sacramental life which is the foundation, and heart-beat, of the life of Pusey House, all set in the context of the regular, routine encounter with the converting power of the Word of God in the recitation of the Daily Offices. John Betjeman, in his verse-autobiography Summoned By Bells, famously put it like this:
Those were the days when that divine baroque
Transformed our English altars and our ways.
Fiddle-back chasuble in mid-Lent pink
Scandalized Rome and Protestants alike …
Despite my frequent lapses into lust,
Despite hypocrisy, revenge and hate,
I learned at Pusey House the Catholic faith.
If you come to Pusey House – to pray, to participate in the glorious Sunday liturgy, to study, to share in the common life of table and hospitality – then the priests of the House will set before you the fullness of the Catholic faith: the faith which, we believe, is the faith of the Church of England too. We will try to help God’s work of making and re-making you, in the image of His Son, Jesus Christ, who took flesh for our sake. And in so doing, we will hope to enjoy your company, and to be enriched by it: as we hope you will enjoy ours. You can be assured of a place in a community where there is plenty of laughter along the way.