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Daventry webToday is the feast day of Bd. Dominic Barberi – who ministered in our parish…

You chose Dominic as a minister of your love.
His teaching and example helped many to find
pardon and peace in the unity of your Church.
Grant that we may follow in the same way of love
and so gain an eternal reward.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

His ministry is recorded in a brief note in a parish register of c1929, itself quoting from a programme for Erdington Abbey’s 1909 Parish Bazaar.

The little chapel of St Nicholas, in Boldmere Road, Wylde Green, near to Sutton Park, owes its existence to the illustrious Nicholas Cardinal Wiseman, the first Archbishop of Westminster who built it in the year 1840 when President of St. Mary’s College, Oscott, in honour of his patron saint, from designs of the great Gothic architect A. Welby Pugin. Apart from the interest attaching to its foundation, the chapel will ever be held sacred to the English Catholics through its connection with the Venerable Fr Dominic, the saintly Italian Passionist, who received Cardinal Newman into the Church.

During his residence at Oscott College, where he was earning the English language, Fr Dominic several times celebrated Holy Mass here, so did Cardinal Newman.

Unfortunately the chapel was closed about the year 1870 and remained closed for about 13 years until on Ascension Day 1883 it was happily re-opened for Divine Service…

For more of the parish history please click here.

Blessed Dominic, pray for us.

Image of B. Dominic is from a window of the former Passionist Convent at Daventry, and was sourced here.