Newman’s Feast Day Set

Some discussion in our parish about observing the Cardinal Newman beatification on the 18-19 September weekend. I’ve been asked to make a liturgical connection with our Episcopalian sisters and brothers down the street for a possible Sunday Vespers.

My liturgical concern has been that his date of death, 11 August, would be an awkwardly placed feast day for the man adopted by so many university apostolates. According to dotCommonweal, the liturgical observance will be set for 9 October in years to come.

Hurdling the occasional homecoming should be easier than recalling students from summer jobs and such.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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One Response to Newman’s Feast Day Set

  1. John Donaghy says:

    October 9, 1845 was the day Newman was received into the Catholic Church.

    Setting feast-days has become very interesting lately. Blessed John XXIII’s day is October 11, the date the Second Vatican Council opened in 1962. Blessed Franz Jagerstatter is May 21 (I don’t know why) even though he was beheaded by the Nazis on August 9.

    There seems to be an effort not to double up feat days.

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