On Wednesday, February 13, Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Sainthood, recognizing a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman, officially declaring him eligible for canonization.
John Henry Newman was the most well-known preacher and teacher in 19th century England. At the age of 44, he converted to Roman Catholicism, which, at the time, was frowned upon in England. In 1847, Newman was ordained a Catholic priest and subsequently authored many prominent works, which influenced virtually all the major Catholic theologians of the 20th century. His book, The Idea of a University, is still considered one of the best works written on the nature of higher education.
Newman's cause for sainthood has been open since 1958. In 1991 Pope Saint John Paul II declared him Venerable after being recognized for his life of "heroic virtue." He was later beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010. Once canonized, Newman would become the newest English saint, following St. John Ogilvie in 1976.
In an interview conducted by Anthony Ruff of Pray Tell: Worship, Wit and Wisdom, Monsignor Richard Liddy, director of the Center for Catholic Studies and current member and former president of the Newman Association of America, commented on the news of Newman's canonization. "Many members of the association have been praying and working for Newman's canonization for years," said Liddy. "I have dreamed of attending Cardinal Newman's canonization and I hope that comes to pass." Monsignor Liddy has written many articles on Newman and his relationship with Bernard Lonergan, S.J. (1904-1984) who called Newman, "my fundamental mentor and guide." Read the full interview from Pray Tell here.
About The Center For Catholic Studies
Founded at Seton Hall University in 1997, The Center for Catholic Studies is dedicated to fostering a dialogue between the Catholic intellectual tradition and all areas of study and contemporary culture, through scholarly research and publications and ongoing programs for faculty, students, and the general public. In 2001, the Center conducted the annual faculty summer seminar, "The Core of the Core," which originated the present University Core Curriculum. The Center also developed the undergraduate degree Program in Catholic Studies with its major, minor and certificate (www.shu.edu/go/dcs). The Center continues to support the Program's students with scholarship aid, as well as ongoing co-curricular activities. Focusing on the central role of the faculty, the Center is the sponsor of regular Faculty Development programs, including lectures, seminars and retreats. The Center also administers two national faculty development programs: Collegium: A Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual Life, and The Lilly Fellows Program.
The Center maintains a global focus in international scholarship and is the home of the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture, as well as the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute. The Institutes offer opportunities for study and research, as well as ongoing programs related to faith and culture. In addition, the Micah Institute for Business and Economics concentrates on communicating Catholic Social Teaching and ethics to business education at Seton Hall and the wider business community. The Center also publishes the prestigious Chesterton Review and The Lonergan Review.
For more information, visit www.shu.edu/go/ccs
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