St John Henry Newman
St John Henry Newman 1801- 1890
John Henry Newman was a leading figure in both the Anglican (Church of England) and Catholic Church.
Born in 1801, he did not show any interest in his faith or relationship with God. Then, at the age of 15, he underwent a conversion. This conversion was to transform him into being one of the greatest historical figures of the 19th C.
As a vicar in the Church of England, he became involved in the Oxford Movement, which called for the Church to remain true to its roots. This re-examination of the Church and its foundations (along with his studies, travels and writings) eventually led John Henry Newman into becoming a Catholic by 1845.
Pope Leo XIII appointed John Henry Newman as Cardinal, having established The Oratory in Birmingham and the University of Dublin, where he was the first Rector.
John Henry Newman was a prolific writer, both in his professional and personal life. He has written poems, music, articles and letters which have been published and reflect his faith in God. These works have received acclamation from around the world.
Today we look for guidance from John Henry Newman. He was no stranger to difficulty and hardship. John Henry Newman faced these with determination and truth following his conscience, putting his trust in God. As he says,
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 never may know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I have a part in a great work; 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; I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep His commandments and serve Him in my calling.
On his visit to Cofton Park, in Birmingham in 2019, Pope Benedict XVI declared John Henry Newman, ‘Saint’. Saint John Henry Newman was canonised on Sunday 13th October.
As the Patron Saint of our Collegiate, Saint John Henry Newman calls us all to
Love: each other and all we meet as God loves us
Faith: have faith in God and live our faith through our work and daily life
Courage: to be faithful to our conscience and stand up for what we know to be true
Vocation: remember that God has chosen us for a specific reason, we have our own gifts and talents
Service: just like Christ we are here to help and serve others using our gifts and talents
Dignity: recognise that we are all made in the image of God and we must respect all
We celebrate with great joy his Canonisation by Pope Francis