INTRODUCTION

The College, Littlemore
The College, Littlemore
"The College" at Littlemore was established in 1842 as a retreat and study house by the Rev'd John Henry Newman, leader of the Oxford Movement, who was received into the Catholic Church at Littlemore in 1845 by Blessed Dominic Barberi.  It was formed out of six small cottages and an adjoining barn, with an enclosed yard laid out as a garden.
The Littlemore Garden
The Littlemore Garden


   After some years in the hands of the Anglican Diocese of Oxford, the property came up for auction in 1951 and was purchased by the Fathers of Birmingham Oratory, the congregation that Newman went on to found, who have since owned and maintained it.  They have set about sensitively restoring much of the character it had in his time.

    The College at Littlemore is made available for visits, Mass, pilgrimages, retreats and for Newman studies through the kindness of the sisters of the spiritual family The Work, who were invited in 1986 by the Fathers of the Oratory to assist them in their Newman apostolate at Littlemore and in the daily care of the College.  It was blessed and opened as the International Centre of Newman Friends by Archbishop Couve de Murville in 1987.

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