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The Birmingham Oratory was founded by Blessed John Henry Newman on 1st February  1848. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in Rome in 1847. In Rome he joined the Congregation of the Oratory  founded in the 16th century by St Philip Neri later known as the Apostle of Rome.

The Oratory in Birmingham was first established in Maryvale, then moved to a converted gin distillery in Digbeth, and finally settled at Edgbaston in 1852.

After Newman’s death in 1890 it was decided to replace the first Oratory church with a larger building as a memorial to him.  The foundation stone was laid on the 25th March 1903. The church was opened on 25th March 1909 and consecrated on the 23rd June 1920.

The Birmingham Oratory is a member of the Birmingham Heritage Forum