Archbishop Bernard Longley, the Archbishop of Birmingham, visited the Archdiocese to celebrate Mass for the feast day of Blessed Dominic Barberi CP. A packed congregation gathered at the church of Saint Anne and Blessed Dominic in Sutton, St Helens, where Blessed Dominic is buried at the shrine alongside Father Ignatius Spencer and Mother Mary Joseph.
Among the congregation was a group of pilgrims from Viterbo, Italy, the birthplace of Blessed Dominic. Priests from the St Helens area concelebrated the Mass together with Father John Kearns CP, provincial of the Passionist Order, and Father Martin Newell CP who preached. In his homily Father Martin asked that "we, as Catholics, follow the Way of the Cross to suffer for what we believe in and what is right and to give witness to the kind of world that God created for us to live in."
A 19th-century Passionist priest, Dominic Barberi was beatified by Pope Paul VI in Rome in 1963, and the causes for sainthood of Father Ignatius Spencer and Mother Mary Joseph were introduced in Rome in 1996.