An influential teacher, a distinguished theologian, a man who endured many trials, a father of souls – Blessed John Henry Newman (1801 – 1890) remains as fresh and relevant today as he was during his lifetime. In this engaging film, Fr Nicholas Schofield and Fr Marcus Holden, hosts of several other Ignatius films, present the inspiring story of Newman’s life and visit the places in England where he lived and worked. From London to Oxford, from Littlemore to Birmingham, each revealing an important stage of Newman’s life. Along the way they explore his writings and teachings, his pastoral zeal for his students and parishioners, his journey of conversion to the Catholic faith, and his enduring message for Christians of today.
“Newman is alive in the works that he has left and the influence he has exerted. In theology, philosophy, education and literature he has bestowed an abundance of riches on the Church and the world. Indeed, not only was Newman the father of the English Catholic Revival and leader of the Oxford Movement, but the whole revival that followed in his wake stands on his sturdy and studious shoulders.”
– Joseph Pearce, Author, Literary Converts and Catholic Literary Giants