The mortal remains of Bl Dominic Barberi, CP (+1849), Apostle of England, Apostle of Christian Unity, may be visited and venerated in St Helens, a few miles north of Warrington. In fact his shrine is also the resting place of two more Passionists: the Servant of God Elizabeth Prout, CP, and the Servant of God Fr Ignatius Spencer, CP.
Bl Dominic's work and holiness is so significant for the conversion of England that Cardinal Bourne, Archbishop of Westminster, wrote in 1926: "Of all the preachers of the Divine Word who have worked for the salvation of souls in England there is no one - in our opinion - to whom we are more indebted than the Servant of God, Dominic of the Mother of God". Booklets available at the shrine in St Helens help explain why this is so.
Here in St Mary's Shrine in Warrington we have a carved picture of Bl Dominic to prompt prayers and in the Priory we are blessed to have a relic of his bones.
Elizabeth Prout, Foundress of the Sisters of the Cross and Passion, a convert from Anglicanism, inspired many sisters to join her in serving the abandoned poor. An extract from her story reads:
"Sectarian troubles in and around Manchester were growing increasingly violent and the Stockport riots which broke out in June  between Irish immigrants and an English mob escalated to an alarming degree. The windows of a Protestant school and some neighbouring houses were broken; Catholic churches were devastated and desacrated, and at one point 'several constables were seen taking part in the destruction and in the following days Orangemen from Manchester were seen departing with relics from the debris. No wonder Manchester Catholics were terrified. But Mother Mary Joseph, frail though she was, was not a woman to be daunted by threat of physical danger, once she believed that she was where the Lord wanted her to be and doing what He wanted her to do. So she took the risk."
Fr Ignatius Spencer, another convert from Anglicanism and to whom Winston Churchill and Lady Diana Spencer are related, worked mightily for the return of England to her Catholic faith. A poster at the shrine reports that Father Ignatius, worn out with continual work, preaching and begging, suffered a heart attack and died alone in a ditch (the death he had often described as ideal for himself) on 1 October 1864. When his body was exhumed in 1973 it was noted that though the great preacher suffered from horrific arthritis, his tongue had not suffered any decay since the day of his death.