In the summer of 2010 I was able to travel to England and Ireland. One of my parishioners from St. Jospeh Church, Tammy Rowan, recently deceased in 2022, God rest her soul, worked each summer at C.S. Lewis home as a tour guide and actually lived there as part of her work assignment. I had a wonderful lunch with Tammy and another tour guide in Lewis’ home/kitchen. Delicious.
This home is known as the Kilns in Risinghurst, Oxford. C.S.Lewis wrote all of his Narnia books and other classics there and the house was featured in the Narnia books.
Prior to my pastorate at St. Joseph Church, I was pastor of the Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Augusta. My parishioners, a married couple, had lived in Oxford for a time and became best friends with j.r.r.Tolkien’s daughter, Priscilla. She would visit them in Augusta and each time they were sure to invite me for dinner at their home when she was there.
She told me that her dad, J. R. R., thought C.S. Lewis writings were inferior to his own and he was disappointed that Lewis never crossed the Tiber to Rome although he seem to wade into the river but never quite getting to the other side.