Saint John Henry Newman was educated at Trinity College, Oxford. He was ordained an Anglican priest in 1824. As he continued his studies, he began to be influenced by Catholic writers. He resigned from his position in 1832 and helped found the Tractarian movement. Newman’s writings grew more and more catholic. In 1841, he lived in seclusion with friends, reading, studying, and praying. In 1845 Newman joined the Catholic church at last. He was ordained a priest in Rome in 1846. He founded the London Oratory and was an influential writer on matters of theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Newman brought hundreds of people into the church and was made a cardinal in 1879. He passed away in 1890 from pneumonia.
O Lord, support us all day long until the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in your mercy, grant us a safe lodging and a holy rest, and peace at last. Amen.