Collection: St. John Henry Newman

ARTIST: Museum Religious Art Classics


Artist: Sir John Everett Millais – c. 1881

A leading figure in the Oxford Movement with John Keble and Edward Bouverie Pusey, Newman came increasingly to doubt the Anglican position and converted to Catholicism. He was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1847. Gladstone said of his conversion: 'it has never yet been estimated at anything like the full amount of its calamitous importance'; and it certainly kept Newman in the public eye. He published his autobiographical Apologia Pro Vita Sua, in 1864, and was elevated to cardinal in 1879. At the end of the century, Newman, who was painted by Millais in his cardinal's robes, was acknowledged as one of the greatest churchmen and theological thinkers of the age.

His feast day is October 9.