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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.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.A small gift from a relative enabled the young Ronald Tolkien (as he was called by his family) to enroll in the prestigious King Edward's School in Birmingham. This required the family to relocate. Not finding the spiritual support she needed in the local Catholic parish there, Mabel Tolkien began to take her two boys on long walks into the country on Sundays. Through these she came to know the Oratory, and found a friend in the community in the person of Father Francis Xavier Morgan, C.O.
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  • 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...  read 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...  read more »
  • Stunning Church full of history. Visited it as part of the Tolkien Trail. Was amazed by the characters of this stunning church. Would recommend a visit. Really good for photography. 
  • The way the light shines through the windows and illuminates the inside is strikingly beautiful. The oratorians labor profusely and are certainly here for all of your pastoral needs.
  • Simply beautiful. A very big part of my life xx
  • I. Love. This. Place. Because. I. Live. Next. To. The. School
  • I loved this when it was a college, I still do love this place. I love that it is still around to view see come visit, even though now it's a church I still love it brings back good old memories ..I love it.
  • This is a wonderful church, a place of peace and quiet - as ALL Roman Catholic Churches used to be! Also here is the Shrine of the great scholar, and cardinal, Blessed John Henry Newman, whom Pope Benedict beatified in Birmingham on his visit to England. The Latin Mass here is not to be missed.
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