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John Henry NewmanA Biography$
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Ian Ker

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199569106

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569106.001.0001

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The Idea of the Laity

The Idea of the Laity

(p.463) 12 The Idea of the Laity
John Henry Newman

Ian Ker

Oxford University Press

In January 1857, plans began to be considered for the foundation of a new Catholic school. Newman thought they should begin with younger boys and see how things developed. The idea of the Birmingham Oratory running a school appealed to Newman. His aim was to enable young people to participate in the world, believe in their faith, and spread the good Word. This gave him an outlet for his interest in education. Newman wanted the laity to rise up to the challenge and become involved with the Church. He propelled a new generation of well-trained and educated laity. In May, the new school opened its doors to seven boys, all sons of converts.

Keywords:   Catholic school, boys, laity, Birmingham Oratory, education

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