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Artwork by the Benedictine Sisters of
Blessed John Henry Newman. Priest.
Born: London 1801 - Died: Birmingham 1890.
Feast days: 9th October (date of his reception into Catholic
Church by Bl. Dominic Barberi). 11th August (date of his death) in
the Anglican Communion.
Motto: Cor ad Cor Loquitur, Heart speaks unto Heart.
A noted scholar, University teacher and Anglican Pastor, Newman was
a fellow of Oriel College, Oxford and a member of the Oxford movement.
The focus of Newman's study was the Church of the Apostles and 'the
Fathers', great teachers of the early Christian Church. His wide ranging
writings and sermons over many years unfold the mysteries and grandeur of the
faith and the primacy of orthodoxy.
Gradually he felt called to the Roman Catholic Church and was received
in 1845. After Catholic ordination he founded the Oratories of St Philip Neri
in Birmingham and London. These small communities of priests who live lives
dedicated to prayer, liturgy, preaching, teaching and the intellectual life,
reflect the essence of Newman's understanding.
He also founded a University in Dublin and a school in Birmingham,
meanwhile working tirelessly for the poor in Birmingham. Newman's vocation was
to help people realise the demands of thinking and acting with the mind of
Christ and his Church.
In addition to his many doctrinal and spiritual works including his
autobiography, Apologia Pro Vita Sua, he wrote the lyrics to
several popular hymns such as Lead, Kindly Light and Praise
to the Holiest in the Height.
He was made a Cardinal in 1879 and beatified by Pope Benedict XVI at
Cofton Park, Birmingham on 19th September 2010.
God has created me to do Him some definite service.
He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another.
I have my mission.
I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.
I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.
He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work ... -
John Henry Newman.
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