St John Henry Newman - St Wilfrids Catholic High School and Sixth Form College

St John Henry Newman

St John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

Born in London to John, a banker, and mother, Jemima. He had a Anglican upbringing and studied at Oxford. For over twenty years, he was an Anglican clergyman. In 1845 he had a conversion experience and two years later he was ordained a Catholic priest and so began his long association with the city of Birmingham, working among the Catholic poor. He joined the Oratorian Order and founded the first English Oratory at Maryvale, near Oscott, now a teacher training college. John Henry Newman dedicated his life to education, at home in Birmingham and overseas, establishing today what is University College, Dublin, the largest university in Ireland. He continued to write, expressing his ideas in both essays and poetry. Pope Leo XIII created him as a Cardinal in 1879, in recognition of a remarkable life in theology, spirituality, faith servant-leadership, particularly amongst the people of Birmingham. His writings continue to influence the Catholic Church today and have been a source of inspiration to us in the Bishop Konstant Multi-Academy Trust.