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Frederick William Faber
(June 28, 1814 - September 26, 1863) U.K.

Frederick Faber

Hymn writer, theologian


Son of an Anglican clergyman, Faber graduated from Balliol College, Oxford, was ordained an Anglican minister, and became Rector of Elton in 1843. Three years later, under the influence of John Henry Newman, he switched to Roman Catholicism and founded the Brotherhood of St. Philip Neri, in King William Street, Strand.

He later moved to the Brompton Oratory. Faber published a number of prose works, and three volumes of hymns. It was in Jesus and Mary that many of his best hymns first appeared. He was the author of many devotional books, and hymns, including My God, how wonderful Thou art.

Faber died in Brompton, Kensington, Middlesex, and is buried in Brompton Oratory Church, London.


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