School Patrons

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:

Cardinal Wiseman


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  • 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.

St. Bernadette


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  • 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


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  • 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.

St. Teresa


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  • Founded the ‘Missionaries of Charity’ a congregation who manage homes 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.

Cardinal Newman


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  • 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)