This fine picture of Cardinal Heenan shows him in the sitting room at Archbishop's House. In the background can be seen the Pugin Mitre.
Born 26 January 1905, of Irish parents, John Carmel Heenan studied at St Ignatius College, Stamford Hill, and aged 17 moved to Ushaw seminary near Durham. At the age of 19 he entered the Venerable English College in Rome. Ordained in 1930, he was sent to St Ethelburga’s, Barking, in Essex. In 1951 John Carmel Heenan was named Bishop of Leeds. There, he revitalized the diocese, choosing to live close to his people. In 1957, he moved to Liverpool as Archbishop, where he launched a competition to build a new Cathedral, resulting in the consecration of the famous Metropolitan Cathedral in 1967. However, by 1963 Archbishop Heenan had moved to Westminster - he is shown arriving at the Cathedral, below - and in 1965 was created Cardinal.