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Born in London in 1801, he was for over twenty years an Anglican clergyman with a large influence in Oxford. His studies of the early Church led him progressively towards Catholicism, and in 1845 he embraced “the one true fold of the Redeemer”. In 1847 he was ordained priest and went on to found the Oratory of St Philip Neri to England. He was a prolific and influential writer on a variety of subjects. In 1879 he was created Cardinal by Pope Leo XIII. Praised for his humility, unstinting care of souls and contributions to the intellectual life of the Church, he died in Birmingham in 1890. He is one of the secondary patrons of the Brisbane Oratory in Formation.
Please join us for a Missa Cantata to celebrate his Feast and ask for his intercession.