The Catholic Parish of
Saint John Henry Newman

 Covering most of East Leeds

Get to know our Parish Saint – Who was Cardinal Newman?

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Since Advent 2016 we have been praying for the canonisation of our parish patron, Blessed John Henry Newman. Our prayers have been answered - Deo Gratias! On 13th October 2019 Pope Francis will declare him a saint at St Peter's Basilica in Rome. Over the course of the next ten weeks, we will use this space in the Bulletin to shed a little more light on the life of England's newest saint.

Episode 1 - Newman's early years

John Henry Newman was born in London on 21st February 1801, the eldest son of a London banker. His family was members of the Church of England but without any strong religious commitment. The young John Henry learned at an early age to love the Bible. In 1808 he was sent to Ealing School. He was a great reader of the novels of Walter but also read the sceptical works by the atheist Thomas Paine and perhaps Voltaire. However, at the age of fifteen he underwent a profound religious conversion to what can be described as evangelical Christianity. Newman later wrote that as a result of this conversion his belief in God was "more certain than that I have hands or feet".

Next week: Newman as an undergraduate

Corpus Christi Tales will return in October!
Ken is making a steady recovery to good health. We send him our best wishes.

Published Sat 20th Jul 2019 23:02:22
Last Modified on Sat 20th Jul 2019 23:05:41

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