This weekend in Rome Pope Francis will canonise John Henry Newman - the British first person to be canonised since 1970. A convert, who after much study was convinced that the Catholic Church was the “one fold of Christ” , founded the Oratorian Congregation in Birmingham and then London. Cardinal Newman was the first rector and president of University College Dublin when it was founded as the Catholic University of Ireland in the mid-19th century. A huge intellect Newman’s theological and philosophical writings continue to influence Catholic thought today. You can pray for his intercession using A novena made up of some of his writings. This is available in the office here at church or online at