Saints Alive! | St. John Henry Newman

He was among the most important theologians of his time. Saint John Henry Newman was born 1801 in London, England. As a Protestant Anglican clergyman for over twenty years he won renown as a preacher and theologian. In 1845 he was received into full communion with the Catholic Church. After a period of study in Rome he was ordained priest in 1847. He established the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri in Birmingham, England; and was an influential writer on many subjects, most notably the development of Christian doctrine, the true understanding of conscience, faith and reason, the role of the laity, and university education. In 1879 he was created Cardinal by Pope Leo XIII. He died in the Birmingham Oratory on 11 August 1890. He was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on 19 September 2010 and canonised by Pope Francis on 13 October 2019. Profoundly influenced by the writings of the Early Church Fathers, authors whom he and his Protestant brethren respected as authentically Christian as early witnesses to the faith, he famously said, "To be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." For more about this saint, please click on the image. Peace be with you!