Dominic Barberi and John Henry Newman

Dominic Barberi was born at Viterbo, a small Italian town and grew up expecting to take on the running of the small family farm. But God had other plans for him and he became a member of the Passionist Congregation. Over the years Dominic came to believe that he was to be called to England for a special work. He arrived in 1840 and set about his task, and received many people into the Church. He set up four Passionist houses in England, but his greatest work might well be said to have been that of receiving John Henry Newman into the Church of the 9th October 1845 in the chapel of the now Newman College.

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