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Community

Information about the Maryvale community.

Community

Blessed John Henry Newman

After his reception into the Catholic Church, Blessed John Henry Newman moved from Littlemore near Oxford to live at Oscott House to which he gave the name Maryvale; as a seminary the house had previously been placed under the patronage of Our Lady as ‘St Mary’s College, Oscott’. He was especially concerned about the need for lay people to receive a sound and full education in the Faith.

“ I want a laity… who know their religion, who enter into it, who know just where they stand, who know what they hold and what they do not, who know their creed so well that they can give an account of it, who know so much of history that they can defend it. I want an intelligent, well-instructed laity. I wish you to enlarge your knowledge, to cultivate your reason, to get an insight into the relation of truth to truth, to learn to view things as they are, to understand how faith and reason stand to each other, what are the bases and principles of Catholicism ”.

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Bridgettine Sisters

In the autumn of 1999 the Sisters of the most Holy Saviour of Saint Bridget (Bridgettines) came to Maryvale to a newly-built convent, built with funds donated by the Holy Father St. John Paul II. The Sisters have a special call to work and pray for unity and it is providential that they should come to Maryvale with its desire to foster unity inside the Church, between churches, and locally, in a city where good inter-faith relations are crucial. The Sisters’ charisms of hospitality, contemplation, and their regular life have also enhanced the life of the Institute.

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Friends of Maryvale

The Friends of Maryvale exists to provide opportunities for all those who support the mission and ministry of the Institute and House to pray for, to promote, and to participate in the important work of Maryvale. It is an association providing contact with former and current students and staff, but it is also for friends of the Bridgettines and devotees of the Sacred Heart shrine: indeed for all who love Maryvale!

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Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Maryvale House is a place of pilgrimage and devotion as well as an educational centre, and the focus of that devotion is the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The story of Maryvale’s link with the Sacred Heart begins with Bishop John Milner who became Vicar Apostolic of the Midland District in 1803. He had a deep devotion to the Sacred Heart and when he enlarged the main chapel of the seminary/school, he built above the sacristy a small chapel in the Gothic style which became the first public shrine of the Sacred Heart in the British Isles

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Visits and use of Premises

Maryvale welcomes visitors (by arrangement) who may wish to spend time in the chapel or at the Sacred Heart shrine. Our accommodation facilities are also available for retreats, or for training purposes, conferences or external courses.

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Catholic Heritage

The site of Maryvale has been in Catholic occupation since the Middle Ages. Formerly 'Oscott House', it came to the Church in 1702 at the bequest of Father Andrew Bromwich who had inherited this property from his family. From 1794 to 1838 it was the home of Oscott College, the first Seminary to open in England after the Reformation

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