Salford Celebrations as Newman becomes a Saint

Thursday 17th October 2019

Representatives from schools and parishes across our diocese were among the thousands gathered in St Peter’s Square last weekend to celebrate the canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman.

A number of priests from our diocese concelebrated the canonisation Mass.

Fr Kieren Mullarkey, who is parish priest at the newly formed parish of Saint John Henry Newman in Urmston, was joined by a group of around 20 parishioners. 

He said: “It was a wonderful experience! To bring a small group of pilgrims over and yet meet so many more pilgrims from our diocese who were also present to witness such a memorable event. Not to mention the 5 unexpected Salford priests! 

“It was also great to meet parishioners from the Syro Malabar Rite who were there to witness the canonisation of Sister Mariam Thresia.

“I think for me the highlight was just as the canonisation took place, as two of our clergy (we ended up sitting together!) turned to me and congratulated the Parish on becoming ‘St. John Henry Newman’.

“It’s an experience I will not forget!”

Also representing Salford was a delegation of six students and five staff members from Newman RC College in Oldham, who were joined by Fr Gaspar Oladosu in making the pilgrimage to Rome.

Next year, the school faces the unusual prospect of changing its name to reflect Cardinal Newman’s elevation to Sainthood.

Headteacher of Newman RC College, Mr Glyn Potts, said: “The canonisation of our patron is a hugely special event for all at the college, including those of different or no faith. Regardless of your beliefs, St. John Henry Newman offers an example of leadership, humility, dedication and service that encourages all to strive to model his virtues.

“On this special occasion, we reflect on the work we have done and looking forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead for us individually and as a community.

Our delegation to the service were ambassadors of our hope and pride in living out our vocation in the service of others. We may not know the specifics of our mission, but as a community, we know that it is in service of others, showing love to others and celebrating our talent in the service of God.

“We are looking forward now to marking the change of name for the college next year to replace ‘Blessed’ with ‘Saint’.”

Head Boy Thomas added: “The trip has secured my faith even more, being part of this once in a life time occasion is just a privilege.”

Photos Courtesy of Fr Kieren Mullarkey and Newman RC College 

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