Newman’s Model for Defending the Church: The 1877 Preface to the Via Media and Today’s Abuse Crisis

Fr. Nicholas Rouch, STD is the Vicar for Education in the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania and was a visiting scholar at the National Institute for Newman Scholar in 2019.   Often when American Catholics speak about defending the church in our current environment, they wish to defend the church not so much from anti-Catholic bigotry from outside ...
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Newman Reading group at Franciscan University of Steubenville: An Interview with Dr. Theodore Harwood

In celebration of St. John Henry Newman's canonization in October of 2019, Franciscan University of Steubenville had various events in honor of Newman during the 2019–2020 academic year. One of those events was a faculty group, led by classics professor Dr. Theodore Harwood, which had been meeting weekly since September 2019 to read and discuss New...
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The Healing of the Liturgical Imagination: The Sweet Rhetoric of John Henry Newman’s Liturgical Sermons

Dr. Timothy O'Malley is Director of Education and Academic Director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy and is the Editor of the Church Life Journal. Dr. Timothy O'Malley presented this lecture as the keynote address for the National Institute for Newman Studies Spring 2020 Newman Symposium. The full lecture is p...
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"The Fire which Makes Gold Shine": On Benefiting from Calamity

 This article does not take a firm stance on the question of whether the COVID-19 pandemic should be seen as a chastisement sent by God. If we were to follow John Henry Newman's lead, we would certainly have to remain open to that idea. In the Grammar of Assent, for instance, Newman contrasts orthodox Christian faith with "natural religion," t...
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2020 Spring Newman Symposium Recap: Newman on Doctrinal Corruption. Presented by Dr. Matthew Levering.

Our annual Spring Symposium was a little different this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The day before the event, due to travel restrictions for our speakers, we had to quickly move the Symposium to an online format. Despite the last-minute scramble to make the appropriate shifts to the new format, the Symposium was a success, and the NINS staff...
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Unlearning the Love of This World: Newman's Sermons as Spiritual Reading during Lent

 If you are anything like me, you have on at least one occasion squandered the holy season of Lent. The Church has established such times on the liturgical calendar so that we might enter more deeply into the mysteries of Christ's life. Experiencing the full spiritual benefit of the Church's sacred seasons, however, does not occur passively; i...
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Newman as Complex and Influential: A Review of Eamon Duffy’s "John Henry Newman: A Very Brief History"

John Henry Newman: A Very Brief History By Eamon Duffy London: SPCK, 2019. xxi + 145 pages. Hardcover: $16. ISBN: 9780281078493 Eamon Duffy's recently published, John Henry Newman: A Very Brief History, provides a concise and well-articulated introduction to who Newman was and who Newman was perceived to be in scholarship. The first five chapters p...
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Window into the Heart of a Saint: A Review of Michael Collins's Newman: A Short Biography

​Newman: A Short Biography By Michael Collins Dublin: Messenger Publications, 2019. 96 pages. Paperback: €9.95, £8.95. ISBN: 9781788121057 Fr. Michael Collins, a priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin and graduate of University College of Dublin, which developed from John Henry Newman's Catholic University, has composed an excellent short introduction...
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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 e...
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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: Background Part II: Letters Home Part III: Politics and Church Reform Part 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.") ...
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Newman's Visit to Rome in 1833: Part IV

Part I: Background Part II: Letters Home Part 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...
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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 Home In a letter to his mother, Newman not only described how the Mediterranean was the seat o...
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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 lat...
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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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