| Celebrating the Canonization of John Henry Newman |
Friday, October 11, 2019 11:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Pope Francis will canonize Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801 – 1890) in Rome on Sunday, October 13, 2019. Blessed Newman was the most influential churchman of the 19th century. His searching mind and intellectual honesty led him into full communion the Roman Catholic Church in 1845 from the Anglican confession. His wrote 21 books and over 20,000 letters and incidental pieces. His writings reflect an original and piercingly insightful mind and keen observer of the human heart. He is also celebrated as one of the greatest stylists of the English language. The canonization of Blessed Newman has special importance to the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the University of St. Thomas (UST). He is considered one of the intellectual fathers of the Basilian order, along with St. Thomas Aquinas. Additionally, 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of the personal ordinariate for Anglicans entering into full communion with the Catholic Church. UST’s St. Mary’s seminary was the first seminary in North America preparing priests to make their transition from Anglicanism to Roman Catholicism. To celebrate the canonization of Blessed Newman, Dr. Dominic A. Aquila will host a series of four weekly discussion sessions on selected readings from Newman’s works leading up to October 13, 2019. The sessions will meet on Fridays in the First Floor Conference Room of Tiller Hall from 11:30 am to 12:20 pm. Please feel free to bring your lunch, Dr. Aquila will provide beverages. On Friday, October 11, 2019 we will read excerpts from Newman's "Dream of Gerontius" and listen to excerpts from its musical setting by Sir Edward Elgar. There will be food and beverages for this session--the final one before Newman's canonization of Sunday, October 13, 2019.