The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

Newman Parish Heads for Rome

Sunday 13 October will be a day to remember for Catholics in East Leeds with the Canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman, by Pope Francis in Rome.

In the run-up to the canonisation the Parish of Blessed John Henry Newman organised a series of special events during September starting with a visit to the Birmingham Oratory, established by Newman in 1849. They also staged the Leeds Newman Festival, which comprised a series of talks on aspects of Newman’s life and writings, and there is to be a performance of Sir Edward Elgar’s famous choral work based on Newman’s poem, The Dream of Gerontius. Bishop Marcus visited the parish to celebrate Mass at the conclusion of the Festival.

The  Newman parish was created in 2011 and brings together the churches of Corpus Christi, St Gregory and St Theresa’s.

A group of parishioners along with Parish Priest, Fr Pat Wall, Fr Ghebreysus and Deacon Henry Longbottom  set off for Rome in the early hours of Thursday 10 October  to be present in St Peter’s Square for the canonisation ceremony. Bishop Marcus wil also be present along with other members of the Hierarchy of England and Wales.

Before the main event on Sunday the parish group will be taking in a tour of the Vatican Museums and Mass at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.

St John Henry Newman is the first Englishman to be declared a Saint since the canonisation of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales in 1970.

More information about the Newman Canonisation can be found at