Posted by: CESEW | 21/05/2010

Link in a chain?

You might be wondering why the url for this blog is link in a chain so today we thought we’d explain the reason for this.

“Link in a chain” comes from a meditation by John Henry Cardinal Newman. The full prayer is as follows:

God has created me to do him some definite service;
He has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another.
I have my mission;
I never may know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.
I have a part in a great work;
I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.
He has not created me for naught.
I shall do good, I shall do His work;
I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep His commandments and serve Him in my calling.

The Pope will celebrate the beatification of Newman during his visit to the UK in September. Newman’s importance in education is well known (you can see some excerpts from his writings on education here) and many schools and a university college are dedicated to Newman. You can expect to hear lots more about him over the coming months on this blog and he will feature prominently in “The Big Assembly”. Over the next few weeks and months we’ll be uploading lots of resources about Newman which might help in assembly or lesson planning.

Is your school dedicated to Newman? Are you already doing something to prepare for his beatification? Let us know using the comment box below!



  1. Where will the beatification take place?

    • The beatification of John Henry Cardinal Newman will take place in Cofton Park, Birmingham, near Rednal where Newman was buried. More details about the full itinerary for the Papal Visit are available on the official website:

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