Vatican City, Oct 13, 2019 / 11:00 am
The canonization of St. John Henry Newman Sunday drew "Newman converts" to Rome from throughout the English-speaking world, all of whom followed Newman's writings across the Tiber River and into the Catholic Church.
Elayne Allen, 24, is one such "Newman convert." She came into the Catholic Church in December 2017. Allen decided to become a Catholic after a friend loaned her a copy of Newman's "An Essay on the Development of Doctrine."
Allen traveled to Europe for the first time so that she could be present at Newman's canonization Oct. 13.
"It was ... deeply personal and gratifying to see someone who's impacted my thinking and prayer life so much become a saint. The grace God has given me through this saint made me think of the beautifully intricate and various ways God chooses to reveal himself to us," Allen told CNA after the canonization Mass.