Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth, the moderator of the Oratorian community of St. Philip Neri here in Washington, D.C., and the executive director of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy, will visit the CIC on Feb. 9
after the noon
Mass (approximately 12:50 p.m.
) to discuss the Oratory of St. Philip Neri and its most distinguished son in the English-speaking world, Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890). Monsignor Wadsworth will speak for about 30 minutes and then answer questions.
Many are familiar with Newman the writer, the philosopher, and the theologian, but fewer are familiar with Newman the Oratorian. It was Newman who, after completing a brief novitiate at the Roman Oratory in the Eternal City, imported the Oratory and its distinct brand of spirituality to British soil. He established the Oratories in both Birmingham and London, respectively, and served as provost of the former until his death nearly half a century later.
If you would like to learn more about Cardinal Newman, please also consider joining the CIC Book Club on Thursdays after Mass (conference room, 12:45 p.m.). The group is currently reading Father Stanley Jaki’s Apologetics as Meant by Newman.