St. John Henry Newman. Priest.
Born: London 1801 - Died: Birmingham
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
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 hyms 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
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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