On Thursday 8th October, 2020 at 9:30 am we celebrated Saint John Henry Newman.
Saint John Henry Newman was born on 21st February 1801 in London, England. As an Anglican clergyman for over twenty years he won renown as a preacher and theologian.
A Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford, he became one of the leaders of the Oxford Movement and a prominent figure in the Church of England. On 9th October 1845 he was received into full communion with the Catholic Church by Blessed Dominic Barberi of the Passionist Congregation. After a period of study in Rome he was ordained priest on 30th May 1847. Returning to England he established the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri in Birmingham.
He was an influential writer on many subjects, most notably the development of Christian doctrine, the true understanding of conscience, faith and reason, the role of the laity, and university education. In 1879 he was created Cardinal by Pope Leo XIII and given the title of San Giorgio in Velabro. He died in the Birmingham Oratory on 11th August 1890. He was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on 19th September 2010 and canonised by Pope Francis on 13th October 2019.