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Exhibition on life and legacy of Cardinal Manning

By Sean O'Donnell - 10 February, 2018

The British Province of the Jesuits has organised an exhibition on the life and legacy of the nineteenth century cardinal, Henry Manning, who was Archbishop of Westminster from 1865-1892.

The exhibition will be held at the Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, London from 1st -23rd March, the same church where Cardinal Manning celebrated his first Mass as a Catholic priest.

On Monday 5th March at 6.45pm., Fr Nicholas Schofield, the Westminster Diocesan Archivist, will give a talk on the life and legacy of Cardinal Manning who is remembered for his key role in bringing an end to the Great Dock Strike of 1889. The final settlement was known locally as ‘the Cardinal’s Peace’.

Born in 1808, Henry Edward Manning was the son of a banker and Member of Parliament. He was ordained priest in the Church of England in 1833, becoming Archdeacon of Chichester in 1840. Like John Henry Newman, Manning was a member of the Oxford Movement which sought the return of the Church of England to the ideals of the 17th century. In April 1851, he was received into the Catholic Church and two months later was ordained to the Catholic priesthood by Cardinal Wiseman. Manning’s wife had died in 1837. After theological studies in Rome, he founded the Oblates of St Charles in 1857.

In 1865, Father Manning became Archbishop of Westminster and was created Cardinal ten years later. He died in 1892.

Cardinal Manning was a great champion of the poor, the dignity and rights of workers, education and family life. He made a lasting contribution he made to the development of Catholic social teaching.

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