Newman Night Walk 2019
As the Church prepares to celebrate the canonisation of John Henry Newman, devotees new and old gathered at the Oxford Oratory on the eve of Newman’s feast day. Now in its 28th year, the Annual Newman Night Walk commemorated the visit of Blessed Dominic Barberi to Littlemore, Newman’s home in 1845, where he was received into the Catholic Church. Along the way from the Oratory to The College, pilgrims stopped at stations and heard of their significance in Newman’s life. A newly ordained deacon, Brother Benedict of the Oxford Oratory, led the procession and the prayers along the way. The last half-mile included a candlelight procession to the parish church in Littlemore named after Bl. Dominic. There, the pilgrims celebrated a holy hour with Benediction. The evening ended with a final procession to The College where Newman had lived. After an opportunity to venerate his relic, a small reception was held. Many of the pilgrims also plan to attend the canonisation and were eager to share their devotion to Newman and their excitement about his upcoming canonisation.