On Wednesday 5th February, the Diocesan Schools that make up the Newman Partnership, gathered in Clifton Cathedral, together with Bishop Declan and some of our Priests and Deacons, to celebrate the Canonisation of St John Henry Newman. Children, staff and parents came together to give thanks for our new Saint and the contribution he made to Catholic Education.
One of the pupils from St Francis’ School in Nailsea wrote:
“John Henry Newman was a Christian who tried to be like Jesus by serving and helping others. He wanted to follow God so he became a Priest then a Canon. He taught Theology in a Catholic School and showed the pupils how to carry out Jesus’ mission. He liked to travel around the world and when he did he saw poor people living in poverty and he found ways of helping them. John Henry Newman built a Church in Birmingham because he wanted to teach people about God and Jesus”.
At the special Mass, Bishop Declan told those present that John Henry’s motto was “Heart speaks to Heart”. He reminded us that God loves us and speaks to us in our hearts and we must listen to his call and respond to what he is asking us to do.