Frederick William Faber

[Frederick William Faber] Oratorian and devotional writer, born Calverley, Yorkshire, England, 1814; died London, England, 1863. Educated at Harrow and Oxford, he received Anglican Orders, 1839, and was appointed rector of Elton in Northamptonshire, 1843. Two Continental tours had filled him with enthusiasm for Catholic rites and devotion, and in 1844 he introduced Catholic practises in his parish and openly advocated the Roman claims. He became a Catholic, 1845. In 1846 he established a religious community, the Brothers of the Will of God, or Wilfridians, and in 1847 was ordained priest. When in 1848 Newman began the Congregation of the Oratory at Birmingham, Faber and some of his community entered as novices. Newman sent him, 1849, to London to found the Oratory at King William Street, which was removed to South Kensington in 1854. In 1847 he had begun the series of "Lives of Modern Saints." His hymns, now the staple of congregational singing, were composed especially for his evening services. His works on the spiritual life show him to have been a master of mystical theology. They are: "All for Jesus"; "Growth in Holiness"; "The Blessed Sacrament"; "The Creator and the Creature"; "The Foot of the Cross"; "Spiritual Conferences"; "The Precious Blood"; "Bethlehem"; "Notes on Doctrinal Subjects."

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