John Henry Newman stands as a giant in the fields of theology, philosophy, and education. Influencing many academic and spiritual disciplines, Newman's writings and his lifelong search for religious truth continue to inspire scholars throughout the world. Newman started his public life as a fellow of Oriel College and, soon after, as Vicar of St. Mary the Virgin Church in Oxford, England. He was a leader of the Oxford Movement which began in 1833. A prominent member of the Church of England for the first half of his life, he converted to Roman Catholicism in 1845. Two years later, Newman founded the first English-speaking Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Birmingham, England. In 1851, Newman undertook the founding of the Catholic University of Ireland in Dublin. He was made a cardinal of the Catholic Church in 1879. His many scholarly works have remained a significant force.
Spencer, George, Rev, Ignatius, 1799-1864
Youngest son of the 2nd Earl Spencer, after being at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, took Anglican Orders in 1824 and was appointed Rector of Brington, Northants. He became a Catholic in 1830, and after working as a priest at West Bromwich became a professor at Oscott, 1839–46. In January 1847 joined the Passionists, taking the name of Ignatius of St Paul
Oriel College, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Oxford College founded in 1324. Incorporates four medieval halls; Bedel Hall, St Mary Hall, St Martin Hall and Tackley's Inn. Many of the Oxford Movement leaders were here including Newman who was elected a Fellow in 1822, becoming Tutor in 1826, also Keble and Pusey.