Strange Vagabond of God

Life of John Bradburne

Fr. John Dove SJ

The cause for the canonisation of Franciscan missionary John Bradburne has been approved by the Vatican and will launch in September 2019.

John Bradburne’s life was a remarkable spiritual odyssey.  After wartime service on the Indian sub-continent he became a perennial pilgrim, never at home in the world, not even in his native England.  Restless wanderings led him through Europe to the Holy Land, to a succession of religious communities, and ultimately to Africa, where he met a violent death during the Zimbabwean war of independence in 1979.

This deeply sympathetic biography, written by a personal friend, is enriched by extensive quotations from John Bradburne’s poems and diaries, offering a rare insight into the mind and character of this quite extraordinary man.  In particular the account of his life among the lepers, and the astonishing happenings during his funeral service, make it clear that here was a man marked with a special charisma, who was singled out for sanctity.

978 085244 383 5

294 pages Illustrated


Songs of the Vagabond
John Bradburne
Writings selected and edited by David Crystal

A selection of writings, including many poems from his vast collection, which range widely over John Bradburne’s life and thought, presenting a portrait of someone who is at once deeply spiritual yet endearingly human. Works of considerable theological insight and striking descriptions of nature sit alongside the realities of poverty and disease with which he daily had to deal. Everything is expressed in language which is remarkable for its vivid imagery and joyous word-play.

978 09513063 4 5
96 pages  

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