2019: A Year to Remember

2019 was a year to remember for the NINS team. Please allow us to share some highlights from our exciting year:Newman was canonized!On 13 October 2019 John Henry Newman was officially recognized as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. The NINS team attended all of the official events associated with the canonization. The celebrations began the eve...
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Theologians for a Post-Westphalian Church

William L. Portier holds the Mary Ann Spearin Chair of Catholic Theology and is the Ph.D. Program Director in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Dayton. This was a public lecture given on the occasion of a Conference in celebration of the Twentieth Anniversary of the Theology Ph.D. Program at the University of Dayton...
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Newman on Faith, Holiness, and Imagination

​Imagination is a significant part of Newman's theology in both his Anglican and Catholic years. In his recent article, Nicolas Steeves, SJ narrates how faith, holiness, and imagination work together in Newman's theology. Particularly, Steeves notes "that Newman with his life and writings helps us to understand what credible holiness is today. Rath...
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Newman's Visit to Rome in 1833: Part V

Part I: BackgroundPart II: Letters HomePart III: Politics and Church ReformPart IV: Ecclesial Life beyond Anglican Life(Fr. Elamparayil is a graduate of The Catholic University of America. His dissertation is titled, "John Henry Newman's Lectures on the Prophetical Office of the Church: A Contextual History and Ecclesiological Analysis.")Part ...
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Newman's Visit to Rome in 1833: Part IV

Part I: BackgroundPart II: Letters HomePart III: Politics and Church Reform(Fr. Elamparayil is a graduate of The Catholic University of America. His dissertation is titled, "John Henry Newman's Lectures on the Prophetical Office of the Church: A Contextual History and Ecclesiological Analysis.")4. Affects of Ecclesial Life beyond the Borders of Ang...
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Newman's Visit to Rome in 1833: Part III

Part I: BackgroundPart II: Letters Home(Fr. Elamparayil is a graduate of The Catholic University of America. His Dissertation is titled, "John Henry Newman's Lectures on the Prophetical Office of the Church: A Contextual History and Ecclesiological Analysis")Part 3. Politics and Church ReformNewman was interested in the events happening back home[1...
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A Chapel, a Desk, and One Man's Saintly Witness - Reflections on the Canonization of John Henry Newman

As someone who has studied John Henry Newman's writings for years, it was surreal for me to attend his canonization in Rome. I've known for some time now that Newman was interceding for me and my loved ones in heaven, but to have a tangible confirmation of that fact was moving beyond words. The entire experience profoundly reinforced for me the rea...
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Newman's Visit to Rome in 1833: Part II

Part I: Background (Fr. Elamparayil is a graduate from The Catholic University of America, and his dissertation is: "John Henry Newman's Lectures on the Prophetical Office of the Church: A Contextual History and Ecclesiological Analysis.")Part 2. Letters HomeIn a letter to his mother, Newman not only described how the Mediterranean was the seat of ...
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Newman's Visit to Rome in 1833: Part I

(Fr. Elamparayil is a graduate from The Catholic University of America, and his dissertation is: "John Henry Newman's Lectures on the Prophetical Office of the Church: A Contextual History and Ecclesiological Analysis.")What did John Henry Newman learn from his first journey to Rome in 1833, and how did it affect him? Did he experience what he late...
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Review: Paraclete Essentials Releases Edition of Newman's "Meditations and Devotions"

In a letter from 1863 to his sister Jemima, John Henry Newman remarked that "a man's life lies in his letters." Equally revealing, perhaps—at least in Newman's case—are the prayers that he composed and recited. While Newman's extensive correspondence with friends and family provide a fascinating glimpse into his closest earthly relationships, his d...
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Saints are Sometimes Literary Men: A Reflection on the Announcement of Newman's Canonization

The news finally arrived today. Ever since it was announced in February that Newman would be canonized, we've been waiting eagerly to learn the details of when and how the ceremony would take place. Now we know: Pope Francis will officially declare Newman a saint at a Mass in Rome on the morning of October 13th. This date is appropriate, because it...
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Education as Total Reality: Luigi Giussani and Newman on Education

"The place where the educational process unfolds must be a place where all of reality is presented" (Giussani, The Risk of Education, 133). This statement from Luigi Giussani stands as an apt summation of John Henry Newman's argument that a university is a place that teaches universal knowledge. Both men, who spent much of their lives in education,...
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Newman, Lent, and Popular Culture?

 One of the great challenges in Newman scholarship today has to do with making Newman's work more applicable for members of the younger generations, many of whom have never been exposed to his thought and writings. Considering the extensive nature of Newman's work, its influence on the Christian faith and society as a whole, and the fact that ...
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The Cry of Repentance Versus the Bitter Cry of Regret

 The Old Testament is not a dead letter, but contains vital truths that Christians need to hear. John Henry Newman makes that abundantly clear in a number of his sermons, including the one ("Life the Season of Repentance") that we read for this week's meeting of the Lenten Series at NINS. In this sermon, Newman looks back to the example of Esa...
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Unlearning Ourselves in Lent: Newman on Fasting

At our first gathering of NINS's Lenten Series, we began with a reflection on Blessed Newman's sermon "Fasting a Source of Trial." This challenging homily gives a sense of just how Christocentric (Christ-centered) so much of Newman's theology is. For Newman, the disciplines of Lent—in this case, fasting—are a way for the Christian to participate my...
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Lent, the Season of Repentance

"As God's co-workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain. For he says,'At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.'Behold, now is the acceptable time, now is the day of salvation."-2 Corinthians 6:1-2These verses from Saint Paul remind us that there is no better time to repent of our sins than...
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Comparing Newman and Giussani – The Presence of the Educator

While they lived in different centuries, different nations, and in vastly different geo-political situations, Newman and Giussani shared a common interest in resolving the challenges of living the Christian life presented by a world that was growing increasingly secular and irreligious. They both challenged hollowed out conceptions of what it meant...
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Newman's Quest for God: Living the Light of Truth

 A bit of a confession: there may have been some dancing in the offices of the National Institute for Newman Studies (NINS) this morning. This is not a common occurrence at the Institute, but today was a special day, as news reached us from Rome that Pope Francis has approved the canonization of John Henry Newman. For a few months now, the sta...
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Francis de Sales the Oratorian

 There is something stirring about seeing two greats from different generations together in the same place. In the world of sports, for instance, some memorable photo-ops have come about this way—say, with a young Lebron James standing next to Bill Russell or with Derek Jeter warming up on the same baseball diamond as Cal Ripken Jr. In the lif...
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A Lenten Journey through Newman's Sermons

"So I do not run aimlessly, nor do I box as though beating the air; but I punish my body and enslave it, so that after preaching to others I myself should not be disqualified" (1 Cor. 9:26–27). Since the earliest years of Church history, Christians have practiced various forms of ascetical discipline for the sake of strengthening their spiritual re...
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