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 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.
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
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 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
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
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.
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
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.