September 5, 1802, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England.

January 29, 1880, Islington, Middlesex, England.

St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Kensal Green, England.


Oakeley’s father was Charles Oakeley, governor of Madras (now known as Chennai). Frederick attended Christ Church, Oxford, and took Holy Orders in 1828. In 1832, he became Prebendary of Lichfield Cathedral; in 1837, he began preaching at Whitehall, and at Margaret Street Chapel, London, in 1839. In 1845, he switched from the Church of England to Roman Catholicism; he became canon at Westminster Cathedral in 1852. For many years he worked among the poor of Westminster. His poetry collections include Lyra Liturgica: Reflections in Verse for Holy Days and Seasons (1865).

  1. In the Lord’s Atoning Grief
  2. O Come, All Ye Faithful