The Feast of Blessed John Cardinal Newman (10/09/19)

Religious Bookends with Quotes by Saint John and Blessed John Cardinal Newman (LEO Design)

Today, 9 October, is the feast of Blessed John Cardinal Newman—Oxford educator, Anglican priest, writer, philosopher, and towering intellectual.  As a clergyman in the Church of England, he developed and lead “The Oxford Movement” which encouraged the return of his church to the Latin rites and theology used by the Roman church.  In 1845, Newman converted to Roman Catholicism and, eventually, was elevated to cardinal. In 2010, he was beatified (therefore called “blessed”) which is the step before final canonization to full sainthood.  In 1888, the first Newman Club was established at Oxford, inspired by the writings of Cardinal Newman.  Today there are Newman Centers found around the world—Catholic student centers at otherwise secular universities.

One bookend, shown above, quotes Jesus from Saint John’s Gospel; the other, a line from Newman’s 1833 poem, “The Pillar of Cloud.”  These recently-acquired bookends were made by Bradley & Hubbard in the 1920’s or 1930’s and can be found in-shop now at LEO Design.  Please come into the shop to see them in person or click on the photo above to learn more about them.



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