Rev. Msgr. Gerard McCarren, Associate Professor of Systemic Theology and Spiritual Director of Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, presented a lecture about Cardinal Newman and the Fathers on April 13, 2013 for the permanent diaconate candidates and their wives of the Diocese of Metuchen.
Msgr. McCarren's interest in Cardinal John Newman's life and works has led him to give ten academic conference papers. His presentation offered reflections from his extensive research and included history about the Church fathers and their role in the early Church and Cardinal Newman's own writings which influenced his conversion to the Catholic religion.
Msgr. McCarren's specifically noted Cardinal Newman's writings, Apologia pro vita sua, 1865, and An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, 1845. The Apologia, a collection of a series of pamphlets, provided a historical account of Cardinal Newman's religious convictions. An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine was a further study by Newman to explain difficulties in Catholic religion and led to his final conversion.
Msgr. McCarren expressed Cardinal Newman's great appreciation of the formation of Laity. He also shared that Cardinal Newman was beatified after acceptance of the recognition of his first miracle of a deacon from Boston whose cure of a spinal cord disorder has been medically unexplained.
The conference, held at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, provided an opportunity for the deacon candidates to visit the main campus of Seton Hall University and enjoy a tour of the Seminary library.
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