2020 Spring Symposium

Liturgy, Sanctity, and Selfhood
in the Theology of St. John Henry Newman
March 12th and 13th, 2020

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March 12th and 13th, 2020
St. John Henry Newman, Westminster Cathedral

Spring 2020 NINS Symposium

As Catholics continue to reflect on the significance of John Henry Newman’s canonization, the Spring 2020 NINS Symposium (March 12-13) will explore the themes of liturgy, sanctity, and the reception of doctrine as those ideas were developed in his writings. Dr. Timothy O’Malley will give the keynote lecture on Thursday, March 12, with presentations from Dr. Matthew Levering and Dr. Jennifer Newsome Martin on the following day. Please register using the form below.

Keynote Lecture

Thursday, March 12th at 7-8:30 p.m.​
Gailliot Center for Newman Studies
211 N. Dithridge St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Friday, March 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.​
Gailliot Center for Newman Studies
211 N. Dithridge St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Friday, March 13th, 2020, 9 a.m to 1 p.m.

Sainthood as Selfhood: The Dramatic Art of Becoming Holy

This presentation is centered on the theme in St. John Henry Newman of the gradual, even ordinary pursuit of holiness over the course of a life, which is nothing other than the dramatic transformation of ourselves—through grace—into persons who will dwell eternally with the Holy Trinity. It will address in particular the difficult task and vulnerable art of self-examination and self-knowledge, which is for Newman the precondition of religious knowledge and experience.

Jennifer Newsome Martin is Assistant Professor, Program of Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame.

Jennifer Newsome Martin, University of Notre Dame
Matthew Levering, University of Saint Mary of the Lake

Newman on Doctrinal Corruption

Newman is often studied for his insights into doctrinal development, and rightly so. But Newman also has profound things to say about doctrinal corruption. In his presentation, Dr. Levering will focus especially on Newman's 'Via Media' ('Lectures on the Prophetical Office of the Church') and his 'Essay on the Development of Doctrine'. In the first of these works, Newman offers a fascinating account of why and how he thinks the Roman Catholic Church has fallen, in some respects, into doctrinal corruption. In the second work, he famously argues that the Roman Catholic Church has not fallen into doctrinal corruption, and he gives indications of what corruption would look like were it to be found. Dr. Levering will attend also to Newman's understanding of the 'dogmatic principle' and to his understanding of the role of the papacy in the Church.

Matthew Levering is the James N. and Mary D. Perry, Jr. Chair of Theology, University of Saint Mary of the Lake.

Roundtable Discussion

The Friday presentations will be followed by a roundtable discussion with all three presenters, and lunch will be provided for registered attendees.

St. John Henry Newman and the National Institute for Newman Studies

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