4:00 PM16:00

Ecumenical Vespers (Birmingham)

Ecumenical Vespers (Evening Prayer of the Church) at St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham.

Preacher: Monsignor Roderick Strange.

In the presence of Archbishop Bernard Longley, the Anglican Bishops of Birmingham, Coventry and Lichfield, and civic guests and representatives of other faith communities.

The joint choirs of St Chad’s Cathedral and St Philip’s Cathedral will lead the music.

All welcome.

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9:30 AM09:30

‘John Henry Newman: Influences and Legacies’

One-day symposium: ‘John Henry Newman: Influences and Legacies’

In collaboration with St Mary’s University, Twickenham

Westminster Abbey, in collaboration with St Mary’s University, Twickenham, will celebrate the canonisation of John Henry Newman with a symposium exploring Newman’s influences and legacies on Friday 18th October at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster.


The event will bring together leading theologians and historians including keynote speakers Judith Champ, Eamon Duffy, Jane Garnett, Ben King, and Roderick Strange. Panellists will include Jeremy Morris, Peter Nockles, Jacob Phillips, and Angela Tilby.

The symposium will consider questions including:

  • How did Newman’s scholarly Anglican formation shape his mature theological insights?

  • What made him a distinctive Catholic theologian of the nineteenth century?

  • What implications might Newman’s work on the relationship between tradition and development have to say to the contemporary Christian world?

  • How should we continue to harvest the fruits of Newman’s exceptional scholarship and insight? 

The Reverend Dr Jamie Hawkey, Canon Theologian, Westminster Abbey said: “One of the most distinguished and influential figures of the nineteenth century, John Henry Newman’s wide-ranging work on topics including faith, revelation, the development of doctrine, the nature of the Church, and the role of conscience continues to be influential across and highly relevant for the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion.

The occasion of his canonisation prompts us to consider how the Church continues to draw upon Newman’s insights, and encourages us to develop his thinking in ways which are both faithful and creative to meet confidently the challenges of the twenty-first century.

“During this period of celebration and reflection for Catholics and Anglicans alike, Westminster Abbey is delighted to host this opportunity for study and debate in collaboration with St Mary’s University, Twickenham.”

Choral Evensong sung jointly by the Choirs of Westminster Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, in Westminster Abbey, follows the symposium at 5.00 pm.

Tickets (free) are available from Eventbrite

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5:00 PM17:00

Newman and the New Evangelisation with Bishop Robert Barron

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One of the greatest evangelists of our day, Bishop Robert Barron, will speak on Newman the evangelist in Newman's own church.

About this Event

To celebrate the canonisation of John Henry Newman, Bishop Robert Barron gives a lecture on "Newman and the New Evangelisation" in the Church where Newman gave some of his greatest sermons. You are invited to fill the very pews which were once crowded with undergraduates and churchmen to hear Newman preach, and to listen to one of the greatest evangelists of our own day speak on Newman's impact as the greatest evangelist of his day. Don't miss out on this historic occasion.

The Fathers of the Oratory would like to thank the Vicar and Churchwardens of The University Church of St Mary the Virgin, by whose kind permission this lecture is able to take place.

This event is possible thanks to the work of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, and the sponsorship of The Thomistic Institute and The St Barnabas Society.

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5:15 PM17:15

Celebrating Cardinal Newman

Celebrating Cardinal Newman as an ecumenical saint

On the day following his canonisation there will be an ecumenical Evensong at Wells Cathedral on Monday 14th October at 5:15pm. Music in the service will accompany some of Newman’s own words, and there will be a new anthem also using one of Cardinal Newman’s texts. Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton will be present and will give the blessing.

After the service there will be a short appreciation of John Henry Newman offered by the Dean of Wells and Canon Graham Dodds; with a drinks party to follow.

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