Saint John Henry Newman
Saint John Henry Newman, born in 1801, was one of the foremost churchmen and theologians of his day.
He studied and then taught at Oxford University, and became the Vicar of St Mary the Virgin, the University Church; he was known for his intellect, his pastoral care, and his preaching.
A leading light of the Oxford Movement, which was seeking to move the Church of England in a Catholic direction, Newman left his considerable prospects and many friends behind when he converted to Catholicism in 1845, at a time when there was still widespread prejudice against Catholics in Britain.
Founding the first Oratorian community of priests in Birmingham in the late 1840s, he continued to write major works of theology and philosophy as a Catholic.
He founded a university for Catholics in Ireland and, in 1859, The Oratory School in Edgbaston, Birmingham.
The Oratory School came into being on 2nd May 1859. It was founded by Newman, at the request of a group of eminent Catholic laymen of the time, in order to provide a boarding school for boys run on English public school principles for the small English Catholic community.
He was made a Cardinal in 1879 and he died in 1890.
Pope Benedict XVI beatified him in 2010.
Pope Francis canonised John Henry Newman on 13th October 2019.
Saint John Henry Newman is the first English person who has lived since the 17th century officially recognised as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.
Canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman - Press Release