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Birmingham Oratory, Birmingham

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The Birmingham Oratory is an English Catholic religious community of the Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, located in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham. The community was founded in 1849 by the Blessed John Henry Newman, C.O., the first house of that congregation in England.Part of the complex of the Oratory is the Parish Church of the Immaculate Conception, commonly referred to as the Oratory Church. It now also serves as the national shrine to Newman.HistoryNewman, the founder of the Oratory, after his conversion to the Catholic Church was seeking a way of life to live out his vocation. In common with a colleague from the Oxford Movement and fellow convert, Frederick William Faber, he had felt drawn to the way of life of the community founded by St. Philip Neri in Italy in the 16th century. When Newman went to Rome in 1845 to become a Catholic priest, he was authorised by Pope Pius IX to establish a community of the Oratory in England.Returning to England in 1847, Newman gathered a small community of his followers who also wished to live this life. They initially found a home in Birmingham at the Church of St. Anne on Alcester Street, which became the first house of an Oratorian community in England in 1849. A more suitable location was eventually located in Birmingham, and construction was begun of a residence and church. The Oratorian community relocated there in 1852. It became a parish church for the local area and has served the congregation in various ways through the decades.
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  • I am not a Roman Catholic but no one can fail to be amazed by this incredible church and the Shrine to Cardinal John Henry Newman is a stunningly peaceful and moving chapelse. I visited because I had ...  more »
  • We visited the Oratory as part of the Birmingham Heritage week and were very impressed with the splendour and size of this church. Our guide was a mine of information and the history of Cardinal Newma...  more »
  • If you're a Tolkien fan this is a must, the church is beautifully preserved and as it's still functioning and ran by the catholic diocese is pretty much alive and used by the community. Perhaps the be...  more »

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