Newman Canonisation Assemblies

Two weeks ago, eleven Newman House students travelled to places where our wonderful Blessed John Henry Newman lived, preached and made his Confirmation. They walked around the beautiful chapel of Oscott and followed the steps that Newman would have taken when he was a priest there.

Newman founded The Oratory in Birmingham. Our students were given a tour of the church and attended Mass in the place where Newman lived for most of his priestly life.

During our special Newman assemblies this morning, we celebrated the life of Newman who is certainly ‘a saint for us and our times’. Some of the students spoke about what they had learnt and how we should live our lives as ‘heart speaks to heart.’

Newman was a gentle, humble and prayerful man. Today the students studied his biography, legacy and then reflected upon his words. Newman made the point that our faith remains relevant and matters today.

The assembly leaders challenged the students at the end of assembly saying “Each one of us can aspire to be a saint.”

We wish everyone a safe journey who is travelling to Rome this weekend to watch the canonization of John Henry Newman.

Anna O'Driscoll
Lay Chaplain


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