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 13 th . This date is appropriate, because ...
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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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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 m...
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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 s...
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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 li...
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Neither Death Nor Life: The Story of One Woman’s Trust in God

As news is now reaching us that the Vatican has reportedly approved a second miracle toward the canonization of John Henry Newman, it's worth reflecting on the process that brought us to this point. For several years now, the Pittsburgh Oratorians have been praying that Newman would be raised to the dignity of the altar. When the Oratorians first i...
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2019 Spring Newman Lecture and Symposium

In conjunction with Duquesne University, the National Institute for Newman Studies presents our 2019 Spring Newman Lecture and Symposium. Join us for our annual spring lecture and symposium dedicated to John Henry Newman. This year's spring event commemorates the 150th anniversary of the start of the First Vatican Council. 2019 Spring Lecture ​Time...
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Advent Morning of Recollection

The Great Antiphons, the Heralds of Christmas Join us as we reflect on the great O Antiphons of Advent through the lens of Bl. John Henry Newman's spiritual writings. The popular hymn, "O Come O Come Emmanuel," incorporates the O Antiphons into the verses of the hymn and is sung abundantly in Christian Churches during the season of Advent. Utilizin...
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Fall 2018 Newman Lecture and Workshop

Social Scholarship and Digital Humanities in the 21st Century The higher education environment continues to experience a period of significant global change and disruption driven by multiple factors, the most important of which is the deepening transition to a digital knowledge economy. Established methods of working have evolved and continue to ev...
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