October 4, 2010

The Bus to Birmingham

William Wood, Commonweal Magazine

September 30, 2010

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What I Saw at Newman's Beatification

William D. Wood

Way back in the twentieth century, when I decided to pursue doctoral work in theology, I never imagined that I would one day teach in an Oxford college. Neither did I imagine that John Henry Newman, of all people, would come to loom large in my day-to-day life. It goes without saying that I never imagined that I would find myself boarding a bus to Birmingham in the middle of the night to attend his beatification Mass. But there I was, on the road to Birmingham, along with other representatives from Oriel College, where Newman was a fellow for twenty years.

According to our invitations, the members...

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