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Campus Events/Trips in honor of Cardinal Newman Beatification John Henry Cardinal Newman, author, philosopher, convert to the Catholic Faith, and strong advocate for Catholic higher education, will be beatified in England on September 19, 2010. Many of ACCU’s schools are celebrating this momentous occasion through conferences, events, and organized tours to England. ACCU would like to share some of these, in hopes that this will provide a means for our member schools to become aware of, and possibly participate in, events taking place on other campuses. Assumption College for Sisters Assumption College for Sisters is hosting a Newman event on October 12. Dr. Jo Ann Sylva who did her doctoral dissertation on the influence of the Italian people on John Henry Newman, will speak. There will then be a viewing of John Henry Newman: the Littlemore Years. The event will conclude with a prayer service. Fordham University Fordham University will be hosting a conference, A Special Newman Conference, Saturday, October 23, 2010, from 9:00am to 3:00pm, Lincoln Center Campus, Fordham University. The moderator will be Professor Joseph Koterski, S.J., Philosophy Department of Fordham. Speakers will include Rev. George Rutler, pastor, Church of Our Saviour, retreatmaster and Newman scholar; Dr. John Kezel, Uuniversity Director of Prestigious Fellowships and Director of the Campion Center at Fordham University; Sr. Kathleen Dietz, FSO, member of the International Centre of Newman Friends, member of the Theology Faculty at Gannon University. Georgian Court University In honor of this special event, Georgian Court is planning to have at least two lectures on campus: first, on The Idea of a University as described by Newman; and second, a lecture on updating the vision of a university for the 21st century. Gwynedd-Mercy College To recognize John Henry Newman’s Beatification in Birmingham, England, this month, Gwynedd-Mercy College will present a scholarly event, “A Catholic College Celebrates the Legacy of John Henry Newman and His Recent Beatification” on Oct. 20. Newman, a visionary especially for the Roman Catholic Church, has been the focus of GMC professor Dr. Edward J. Miller’s studies for more than 30 years. Miller earned a doctorate under the world’s leading scholar on Newman at the University of Louvain, Belgium. Miller is attending the Beatification on Sept. 19, and will share his photos and experience during the event. Carol Breslin, PhD, professor of English at Gwynedd-Mercy College, will provide a lecture on “The Role of Literature” in Newman’s legacy, and Walter Conn, PhD, a professor at Villanova University, will give a lecture about “The Role of the Voice of Conscience” in Newman’s life. The event will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Julia Ball Auditorium, located in St. Bernard Hall on the college’s campus. Admission is free. Liverpool Hope University http://www.hope.ac.uk/newmanconference Madonna University As a Catholic university in the Franciscan tradition, Madonna University (Livonia, MI) will commemorate the beatification of John Henry Cardinal Newman with two events focused on Newman’s vision of the university as “the high protecting power of all knowledge and science, of fact and principle, of inquiry and discovery, of experiment and speculation” and how this relates to the Franciscan educational/intellectual tradition as represented by such scholars as St. Bonaventure and Blessed John Duns Scotus, who placed education at the service of others and understood learning as a quest to live authentically within oneself and the world community. October 8, 2010: Madonna University Community Gathering, at which all members of the University community will be invited to reflect on Newman’s “The Idea of the University” within the context of the mission, goals, and values of Madonna University, particularly as it relates to the educational philosophy of Father Joseph Dombrowski, who invited the Felician Sisters from Poland in 1874 to teach in the United Manhattan College Manhattan College announces the launch of the inaugural Newman lecture series on Monday, Sept. 20 at 5:00 p.m. in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers to celebrate Cardinal John Henry Newman’s beatification. Michael Baur, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy at Fordham University, will speak on: What Cardinal Newman Really Said About the University, and Why it Really Matters and the lecture will be followed by a reception. Baur is a founding member of the Society for the Study of Cardinal Newman, which is designed to promote “thoughtful dialogue and genuine understanding regarding the life, work, and legacy of John Cardinal Newman.” A specialist in German idealism, nineteenth-century continental thought, and philosophy and law, he is the editor/co-editor of 14 books. He has also published more than 30 articles, presented almost 50 papers and has spoken at several professional conferences and universities. In addition, Baur serves as director of the Fordham Natural Law Colloquium and secretary of the Hegel Society of America. Mount St. Mary’s University and Seminary In celebration of the beatification of John Henry Cardinal Newman taking place in England on September 19, 2010, Mount St. Mary's Seminary will be hosting a symposium on Saturday, October 2, 2010 that will explore and deepen our appreciation of the intellectual and spiritual pilgrimage of the great English Cardinal who is hailed as the “Imperial Intellect” of the 19th century. Speakers include: The Very Reverend Charles Morerod, OP, a Swiss Dominican who is currently Rector of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome and Chair of the Vatican’s International Theological Commission. He has authored many books on Ecclesiology and Ecumenism. His most recent books are The Church and the Human Quest for Truth (Introductions to Catholic Doctrine) (2008) and Ecumenism and Philosophy (2006). Fr. Ian T. Ker is Senior Research Fellow in Theology at St. Benet’s Hall, Oxford, and has taught both English literature and theology at universities in Britain and the United States. He is the author and editor of more than twenty books on Newman. His most recent book is entitled John Henry Newman (2009). The other speakers are currently serving as faculty at Mount St. Mary's University and Seminary. Newman University The university named after Cardinal Newman is hosting a variety of events. The school has organized a Cardinal John Henry Newman Beatification Tour, from September 15-22, 2010. This group of 20 to 30 guests will visit London, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwick, Birmingham and Oxford, with special visits to Newman sites within some of these cities. The tour includes transportation to and from the Beatification ceremony, with tickets for entrance. Newman University’s next Annual Mission Talks will focus on Cardinal Newman. On September 19, 2010 Newman University Campus Ministry will celebrate Eucharistic liturgy at 7:00pm, followed by a viewing of the beatification service. The Gerber Institute for Catholic Studies will underwrite the funding of a nationally or internationally recognized Newman scholar to speak during the annual Cardinal Newman Week. This year the Cardinal Newman Week will be February 20-26, 2011. Dombrowski served as a mentor and spiritual director to the Felicians for nearly 30 years as they pursued their educational ministry, and his legacy lives on in the mission and goals of the University. October 29, 2010: Franciscan Symposium, at which Msgr. John Zenz (doctorate in spiritual theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University) will deliver a keynote address on “The Idea of the University” within the context of a Catholic Franciscan university in twenty-first-century United States. In particular, Msgr. Zenz will focus on the connection among the liberal arts, Christian humanistic values, and the ideal of education for service, peace, and justice. A concurrent session will reflect on the Felician/Franciscan educational tradition as the legacy of Father Joseph Dombrowski and the early leaders within the Felician community who provided direction and inspiration to the order’s educational ministries. The ideas of John Henry Cardinal Newman underpin and complement the basic educational philosophy that informs the mission of the University.
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