Excerpt from Publications of the Catholic Truth Society
Manning made his submission to the Catholic Faith in the church of the Jesuits, in Farm Street, so turning his back on all the honours for which the acclamation of those who knew him had designated him. Newman, Pusey, Keble, had also been marked men for high honours, but Manning had never wholly identified himself with them; he was on the high road to great preferment, and he made, as all knew, a great and noble sacrifice for conscience' sake.
In that same church in Farm Street Fr. Manning said his first Mass on June 16th of the same year, only ten weeks after he became a Catholic. The exceeding rapidity with which the priesthood was conferred is remarkable for two reasons; it shows that the new convert had never, from the first, any hesitation about his vocation; he desired to gain, as soon as possible, authority for those functions and duties which in all good faith he had thought to have performed for years past, and it shows also the confidence so sound and sober a man as Cardinal Wiseman had in the prudence of one in many ways so unlike himself, but equally devoted to the See of Peter, equally convinced of the only source of authority. It is sometimes said that each convert from Protestantism needs looking after for five years before he or she can run alone; it is certain that at that time certain converts were imprudent and impetuous, but Manning was wise, wary, and discreet, so as to justify, in the face of adverse criticism, the trust reposed in him.
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