Dominic was born in Viterbo, ltaly, 22nd June 1792. Despite many obstacles, he entered the Passionist congregation in 1814 and was ordained priest in Rome on March 1st 1818. Dominic had a deep desire to work in England, to promote unity among Christians, ‘Unity in the Truth’.
After 28 years of waiting he finally arrived in 1842. He celebrated his first Mass in Aston-by-Stone. Now he felt he was fulfilling the vision of St. Paul of the Cross. Most of his adult life had been offered to God for England.
He died in Reading on 27th August 1849. Dominic was beatified by Pope Paul Vl in 1963. His body is buried in the shrine of St. Anne and Blessed Dominic, Sutton.
He is known as the Apostle of England.
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Two prayers for Blessed Dominic Barberi:-
Heavenly Father, through Mary Mother of God, we thank you for the life and witness of Blessed Dominic, Passionist and Apostle of Christian Unity and of England.
You gave him a great love for this land, the Dowry of t\Aary. As the Christian Churches pray and work towards greater unity we ask Blessed Dominic to show us the way through mutual prayer, reparation, reconciliation and love, that WE MAY ALL BE ONE.
Father, crown his endeavours as an apostle of Christian unity, and grant that he will be recognised soon as a member of the company of Saints. Through his intercession, grant the particular grace for which we now pray…
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…
O God who so lovingly raised Blessed Dominic to the heights of holiness, learning and apostolic zeal and made him a powerful minister of your mercy; grant also to us an abundant share of his virtues, that we too, according to our state, may contribute to the realisation of his desire for the union of all Christians in one fold under one shepherd. Deign now, through his intercession, to grant us the particular grace which we humbly ask of your mercy …
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.
Imprimatur: Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham
lnformation on favours received through the intercession of Blessed Dominic Barberi should be sent to Fr Ben Lodge CP St Joseph’s Retreat, Highgate Hill, London, N19 5NE