St John Henry Newman

St John Henry Newman is the first English person to be declared a Saint by the Catholic Church since the 16th and 17th century Reformation martyrs were canonised in the late 20th century. One of the greatest religious leaders and scholars of his age, Newman had a key role in the Oxford Movement before leaving his priesthood in the Church of England to be received into the Catholic faith, going on to found the Oratorian movement in England.

After his reception into the Catholic Church in 1845 he was confirmed by Bishop Wiseman in the chapel of Oscott College in Birmingham. Wiseman offered Newman the use of the former seminary as his first Catholic home.

 

The Life of St John Henry Newman