Birmingham Archdiocese is praying for a miracle which could lead to the canonisation of Blessed Dominic Barberi.
The Italian-born Passionist received John Henry Newman into the Church in 1845.
He died in 1849 and was beatified by Pope Paul VI in 1963. However, he is yet to be declared a saint.
Announcing the annual novena, Archbishop Bernard Longley said: “Cardinal Newman recognised and wrote about the holiness of Blessed Dominic and the impact that this had on his own life and, in particular, in connection with his reception into full communion with the Catholic Church.
“We continue to seek a miracle of healing through the intercession of Blessed Dominic so that he may be recognised as a saint.”
Blessed Dominic is buried at Sutton, St Helens, within Liverpool Archdiocese.
The novena begins on 18 August and ends on Blessed Dominic’s feast day, 26 August. The novena prayer can be found here.