Newman, one of the leading figures of nineteenth century England, was born in London on February 21, 1801, and died in Birmingham on August 11, 1890.

After graduating from Trinity College, Oxford, he became a Tutor at Oriel College, Oxford, and vicar of St. Mary’s University Church. In 1833 he, along with others, initiated a spiritual and doctrinal revival of Anglicanism known as the Oxford Movement.

Through his historical study of heresies, which occurred during the first six centuries of Christianity, he gradually became convinced of the errors of Anglicanism.

At the age of 44, he became a Roman Catholic. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest and established the English Oratory of St. Philip Neri.

Newman dedicated his life to educational endeavors and the pastoral work of the Oratory. In 1854 he started the Catholic University of Ireland.

He published numerous articles and books which have brought greater understanding of the Catholic Church to many, both in the past and in the present.

Newman’s Apologia pro vita sua is an autobiographical account of his conversion and a defense of Roman Catholicism.

In 1879, Newman was created a cardinal by Pope Leo XIII.

Newman was an outstanding writer of English prose and poetry; he was also both a Church historian and a theologian.

Pope Francis will declare him a saint of the Catholic Church at a solemn Mass at St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, October, 13, 2019.

Newman’s Conversion

May 4, 1843 … At present I fear, as far as I can analyze my own convictions, I consider the Roman Catholic Communion to be the Church of the Apostles, and that what grace is among us (which, through God’s … Continue reading →

Importance Today

Newman’s efforts for renewal in the Anglican Church led him to become Roman Catholic. His conversion contributed to the conversion of many Anglicans who read his works and admired his example. Today, Newman also serves as a guide for many, … Continue reading →


On January 22, 1991, Pope John Paul II declared that John Henry Newman had lived all of the Christian virtues in a heroic degree and was thus henceforth to be called by the title “Venerable”. In 2001, John Sullivan, a … Continue reading →

Newman the Philosopher

Most people admit that Newman was a theologian but few know that he was a philosopher. Newman had a philosophical mind and read widely on philosophy. At the end of 1858 he began a course of reading on metaphysics to … Continue reading →

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