John Henry Newman and the Passionists

The Superior General, Fr. Ottaviano D’Egidio, C.P., has written to Passionists in preparation for the Beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman.

Fr. Ottaviano writes, “While already a pastor and well known Anglican theologian and professor at Oxford University, Newman entered the Catholic Church in 1845 with the assistance of Passionist Blessed Dominic Barberi…”

Read the letter of the Superior General here

Read more about Passionist Blessed Dominic Barberi here

Read “He was a Great Lover of the Crucified: Blessed Dominic Barberi and the Conversion of J.H. Newman” by Fr. Gregor Lenzen, C.P. here

Mass of Blessed Dominic Barberi, Passionist  here



John Henry Cardinal Newman

Born 21 February 1801 – Converted 9 October 1845 – Ordained Priest 30 May 1847 – Created Cardinal 12 May 1879 – Died 11 August 1890

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7 Responses to “John Henry Newman and the Passionists”

  1. David Says:

    With all due respect to the Superior General, is it really accurate to say that Bl. Dominic had “great respect toward the other churches”? I believe that Bl. Dominic loved his separated brethren, yet I find it doubtful that he “respected” the schismatic and heretical sects to which they had regrettably attached themselves. The Bl. Dominic who penned the “Lamentation of England” would surely have no truck with the indifferentism that all too often passes for “ecumenism” in our day.

  2. Jackie Parkes Says:

    Thanks for this post..

  3. Edward P. Walton Says:

    In regards to your Fr. General’s letter,

    1) George (Ignatius} Spencer visited Oxford and asked to meet with Newman, he was sent away. Newman refused to see him. Newman was opposed to Spencer’s “Crusade of Prayer for England” and considered Spencer, in loco apostax. This is detailed in his Apologia.

    2) The Fr. General seems to imply that the Catholic Church is one of those denominations.

    3)In regards to Cardinal Newman’s “Episcopal” motto, Newman was never a bishop.

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