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Newman at Abbotsford: A Spiritual Oasis

6th Nov 2019

Join us at 7pm on 6th November for an engaging talk on Abbotsford’s connection to Britain’s newest saint, St John Henry Newman, who was canonised by the Pope in Rome on Sunday October 13th.

Guest speaker, Mgr Roderick Strange will explore Newman's links with the Scottish Borders and his visits to Abbotsford, to stay with his good friends, Charlotte & James Hope Scott. The evening will also include a visit to the Hope Scott Wing, where Newman stayed, and the chapel, which has a display of Newman vestments and a selection of items he gifted to the family.

In the early 1840s James Hope Scott, with Newman, became one of the leaders of the Tractarian or Oxford Movement, which sought to return the Anglican Church to a richer Mediaeval form of worship. This movement developed into Anglo-Catholicism and many of its members, including Newman and the Hope Scotts, became Roman Catholics. Newman’s most important visit to Abbotsford was in the summer of 1872, when he stayed for two months. During this time he undertook many conversions and, with Hope Scott, paved the way for the foundation of several Catholic Churches in the Scottish Borders.

Mgr Roderick Strange is Professor of Theology at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, the only faith-based university within the London area. He has written and lectured on Newman extensively and has worked as an adviser to the BBC, most notably during the papal visit to the UK in 2010 when Newman was beatified. In September, Mgr Strange published his latest work, Newman:The heart of holiness.


7pm: Introduction from Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews & Edinburgh Archdiocese

7.15pm: Mgr Strange - Newman at Abbotsford: A Spiritual Oasis

8pm: Questions

8.15pm: Visit to chapel and Hope Scott Wing

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