In 2010 Pope Benedict beatified Cardinal John Henry Newman during a visit to Britain. He declared October 9th as his Feast Day.
John Henry Newman had been a prominent member of the Church of England. During the 1840s he became increasingly disillusioned. Embracing the Catholic Church as the ‘One Fold of Christ’ Newman was received at Littlemore by Blessed Dominic Barberi on 9th October 1845, hence his Feast Day.
Today in school we will be remembering Cardinal Newman. He made a huge contribution to life in Britain during the 19th - he was identified as one of the ‘Eminent Victorians’ - and to the development of the Catholic Church as it emerged from nearly 300 years of repression. Newman’s ideas on education are still highly valid today and help to guide our own work as a school. We refer to his famous meditation often: