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MESSAGE FROM FR KIERAN – Sunday 13th October

This Sunday Blessed John Henry Newman is being declared a saint of the Catholic Church by Pope Francis at a ceremony in Rome. John Henry Newman was born in London in 1801. He went to study in Oxford as a teenager and became a Fellow and tutor at Oxford. He was one of the leading intellectuals of his time and a prolific writer throughout his life. He was ordained a priest in the Anglican tradition in 1825. In 1845 Newman was received into the Catholic Church and became a priest in 1847.

Newman was invited to Ireland in 1851 by the Archbishop of Dublin, Cardinal Paul Cullen, to set up a Catholic University. He duly did so on St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin, becoming the first rector of the university from 1854 to 1858. While in Ireland Newman planned and designed the Catholic University Church.  It was built in less than two years and still remains in use to this day. Newman later returned to England and set up a community of Oratorians in Birmingham where he lived until his death in 1890.

Newman composed many well known prayers including this one below.

May the Lord support us all the day long, until the shades lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in his mercy may he give us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last. Amen.

Fr. Kieran Coghlan

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