Last week I had the opportunity to make a pilgrimage to England and Rome. The theme was the life of John Henry Newman. He was canonized last Sunday as a Catholic saint along with four other saints. We were a group of five men, Catholics as well as Lutherans interested in Catholicism.
The journey was important to me and my traveling companions in many ways, as Saint John Henry Newman was perhaps the first Protestant convert to Catholicism to be made a saint. St John Henry Newman was originally an Anglican priest who later converted to Catholicism, and was then ordained a Catholic priest. Later still he was created a cardinal. He strongly influenced the return of Catholic faith to Anglican England.
We first traveled to London, where we stayed in an Opus Dei center. We spent a day in Oxford, a day in Birmingham and a day in London. All the destinations we visited were related to Newman in one way or another. In Oxford we saw St Mary's Church, where he used to preach as an Anglican priest and filled the church hall, and Littlemore, where he was received into the Catholic Church.
This is a blog about being young and Catholic in Finland.
Yiran, or Maria Micaela. Born in China but baptised in Spain (2015), student in Turku. Participant of the Youth Weekends at Stella Maris. Cooking, running and photography are my hobbies.