Canonisation of John Henry Newman

Cardinal John Henry Newman, former student and Honorary Fellow of Trinity College, is to be canonised as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church by the Pope on Sunday, 13 October.

Trinity’s President and several other representatives of the college will attend the service in Rome, and a number of events in college and around Oxford will mark the occasion.

John Henry Newman was an undergraduate and scholar of Trinity from 1816–22, and the college’s first Honorary Fellow, elected in 1877. Newman is a significant figure in the religious history of 19th century England; a theologian and poet, his role in the Oxford Movement of Anglicans (who hoped to return many pre-Reformation Catholic beliefs and rituals to the Church of England) and eventual reception into the Catholic Church made him a nationally-known figure by the mid-1830s. He is remembered as a preacher, pastor, controversialist, educational visionary, and one of the most significant modern theologians of the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches.

More information about Newman’s links to Oxford and Trinity College can be found here; the events held to commemorate his canonisation include:

  • Prayer vigil in Trinity College Chapel (12 October, 8pm to 8am)
  • Live-streaming of the Mass in Rom at the Catholic Chaplaincy, St Aldates (13 October, 9am)
  • Celebratory Evensong in Trinity Chapel (13 October, 6pm) featuring a sermon preached by Rev Dr Philip Lockley, former Junior Research Fellow at Trinity and now Curate of St Clement’s Oxoford
  • Archival exhibition: ‘Newman and Trinity College,’ in the College’s Old Bursary (16 October, 4:30pm to 6:30pm)
  • Lecture by the Rt Revd Robert Barren at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin (16 October, 5pm to 6pm), followed by Drinks reception in the Trinity College President’s Lodging (6:30pm to 7pm)
  • Ecumenical Service led by the Archbishop of Birmingham at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin (17 October, 5:30pm to 7pm)
  • Celebratory Mass at the Oxford Oratory (20 October, 11am)
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