At Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School, we take our lead from our namesake alongside a number of inspirational others who our tutor groups are named after.
Below is a brief outline of the work of all of these people and why they are so important to us as a school:
- The first cardinal resident in England following the Reformation and the first archbishop of Westminster.
- He devoted his life to the 19th century revival of Roman Catholicism in England.
- He faced adversity from many including some within the Catholic Church but he never gave up in what he believed in.
- Wiseman was widely respected for his humanitarianism, intellect and achievements.
- Born into poverty in Lourdes, France, she received a number (18) visions from Our Lady.
- Following these visions, authorities attempted to get her to recant her accounts, but she refused and word spread globally about what she had witnessed.
- Lourdes became a pilgrimage site for worshippers around the world.
St. Don Bosco
- Dedicated his life to helping and educating disadvantaged young people
His methods focused on love rather than punishment which was known as ‘The Preventative System’ based on reason, religion and loving kindness
- Founded the ‘Missionaries of Charity’ a congregation who manage home for those in severe need, who have no-where else to turn
Members of the congregation take vows of chastity, poverty and obedience but also profess “to give wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor”
- She received many awards during her life including the Nobel Peace prize and was canonised on 4th September 2016
- Converted to Catholicism at the age of 44 following a change in the spiritual path he was on.
- This led to him being ostracized by many of his friends and family but he was undeterred and remained focused upon his aims.
- Following his death it was said that he had done more than any other person to change the attitude on non-Catholics to Catholics.
“Bernadette is a really important house group to be part of because she inspires us with the strength of her faith at a very young age.”
Shannon (Y7 pupil)
“Saints are important because they are our role-models and more importantly, faith models. Saints intercede for us with God in heaven.”
Lucy Chapman (Senior Lay Chaplain)