His Life, Work& Mission
Fr Robert O'Neil
This is an excellent introduction to the life of a very holy prelate. Herbert Vaughan (1832-1903) was Archbishop of Westminster from 1892 until his death. He was also a great retreat giver, a man of deep spirituality and he was a missionary at heart. It is entirely appropriate for CTS to publish this work as he was its founder. He also founded the Mill Hill Missionaries in 1866 and the author belongs to this order.
The work details his early life. He belonged to the famous Vaughans of Courtfield. His father came from an old recusant family and his mother was a convert to Catholicism and was deeply pious. All five daughters became nuns and six of eight sons became priests.
Throughout this work, what comes across is Vaughan's great missionary zeal. He was the founder of an English missionary college, a great fund raiser and founder of St Bede's College while bishop of Salford.
When made Archbishop of Westminster, his great desire was the founding of Westminster Cathedral. The foundation stone was laid in 1895 and when Vaughan died his Requiem Mass was said there.
The author succeeds in giving us a portrait of a holy and humble prelate.
Copyright ©; Dr Pravin Thevathasan 2017
Version: 19th November 2017