Who is Our Patron?
Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801 - 1890) was the son of an English banker. He was a leading figure in the Anglican church before he converted to Catholicism in 1845. His conversion was seen with suspicion by many Catholics and was seen with anger and hatred by many of his former faith. Cardinal Newman was an Oxford scholar who was known for his speaking and writing abilities. His publications included:
Parochial and Plain Sermons (1834 - 1842)
Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine (1845)
Apologia Prio Vita Sua (1864)
A Grammar of Assent (1870)
John Henry Newman was was made a cardinal by Pope Leo XIII in 1879.
"God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another.
I have my mission; I never may know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I have a part in a great work; I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do His work; I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep His commandments and serve Him in my calling."