Cardinal Nicholas Stephen Patrick Wiseman became the first Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster in 1850 upon the official, post-Reformation, re-establishment of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.
Wiseman was an extraordinary man, and one of the key figures in the revival of Catholicism in this country. Born in Spain to Irish parents, he studied at the English College in Rome, becoming its Rector in 1828 at the astonishing age of 25. A fine linguist, he was given charge of the Vatican's arabic manuscripts. In 1850, he became the first Archbishop of the newly erected Diocese of Westminster, and a Cardinal.
During his life, his preaching, writings and example did much to advance the Catholic cause in England, and he was widely respected as a churchman and a scholar.
Nicholas S.P. Wiseman is the author of books: Fabiola: Or, The Church of the Catacombs, Review of His Grace Archbishop Dixon's Catholic Introduction to Scripture Review, The Dublin Review, Volume 71, Recollections of the Last Four Popes and of Rome in Their Times, William Shakespeare, A Sermon Delivered at the Consecration of the Right REV. Dr. Thomas Joseph Brown, Bishop of Appollonia, First Vicar Apostolic of Wales,: At the Church in Pierrepoint Street, Bath, on the Feast of SS. Simon and Jude, MDCCCXI, C�r�monies de la Semaine Sainte, dans leurs rapports avec les arts, extrait de conf�rences, The Dublin Review, Sermons on moral subjects, The Dublin Review; Volume 65