Since his death in 1890, Newman’s name has inspired the thinking and the devotion of many. Newman’s genius and his prolific output of so many types of writing have, in turn, given rise to innumerable books and articles, these most frequently being academic studies of some theme or other of this eminent Victorian’s thought. Presenting aspects of the life of Cardinal Newman and letting him speak to us in his own words, Fr Skinner draws from the tens of thousands of pages that this great pastor penned and presents Newman as a priest, ‘A Father of Souls’. In a series of easily readable sketches we follow Newman’s life from the time when he first realised that God was calling him to the ordained ministry until his last years as a priest and Cardinal in the Birmingham Oratory that he had himself founded. Important themes such as his preaching are seen alongside the means by which he felt he was most sustained and strengthened for his life’s not insignificant trials. Seven of Newman’s sermons conclude this volume.