John Henry Cardinal Newman was educated at Ealing and Trinity College, Oxford, UK. Chosen a fellow of Oriel College. Ordained an Anglican priest in 1824. Curate of Saint Clement’s, Oxford for two years. As he continued his studies he began to be influenced by Catholic writers. Vicar of Saint Mary’s in 1828. Resigned his position in 1832. Helped found and guide the Tractarian Movement beginning in 1833. His writings grew more and more in sympathy with Catholicism, and he was forced to resign his position at Saint Mary’s. He claimed that his philosophy was a via media (middle way) between Catholicism and Luthero-Calvinism, but he came to see that this idea was just a repitition of old heresies. In 1841 he lived in seclusion with friends at Littlemore, reading, studying, and praying. In 1845 he joined the Catholic Church.
Ordained in Rome, Italy in 1846. Joined the Oratorians. Returned to England in 1847 where he lived in Maryvale, Cheadle, Saint Ann’s, Birminghan, and finally Edgbaston where he lived the bulk of his remaining 40 years. Founded the London Oratory. Influential writer on matters of theology, philosophy, and apologetics bringing hundreds into the Church; noted poet. Made an honorary fellow of Trinity College in 1878. Created cardinal in 1879 by Pope Leo XIII.
For more information on the soon-to-be-beatified John Henry Cardinal Newman, 1801-1889, please read here. I consider him the most important Catholic thinker of the modern period.
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