Following Newman, the Focus of Catholic education Should Be Transforming the World

By Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR An ocean and more than 150 years separate St. John Henry Newman’s Idea of a University from my university, Franciscan University of Steubenville. Yet, despite the differences in time and culture, I believe the heart of Franciscan University remains close to the heart of Newman’s “idea.” Like Newman, we believe a [...]

John Henry Newman, His Conversion and His Legacy as a Catholic Educator

He was a man of faith, of holiness, and of intelligence — and of practical wisdom as well By Christina Deardurff John Henry Newman, 19th-century Anglican clergyman, intellectual giant, convert, and eventual Cardinal of the Catholic Church, was canonized by Pope Francis last month, on October 13, in Rome. We continue here our celebration, begun in [...]

Liberal Education as the University’s Principal Purpose

The fruit of liberal education, Newman wrote, “is the formation of a habit of mind which lasts through life, of which the attributes are freedom, equitableness, calmness, moderation, and wisdom…” By Michael F. Mclean President, Thomas Aquinas College, California and New England The recently-canonized St. John Henry Newman was a great leader in the Church, a [...]

Academic Freedom and the Catholic University

Authentic Academic Freedom Must Be Nurtured Within the Confines of the Good and the True By Timothy T. O'Donnell President, Christendom College, Front Royal, Virginia, USA By today’s standards of higher education, St. John Henry Newman’s Idea of a University would be considered revolutionary. It would cause a complete shift in modern man’s approach to education—one [...]

Nurturing Newman’s Ideas of a University at Belmont Abbey College

“Liberal” Reaches Beyond Book Learning By Bill Thierfelder President, Belmont Abbey College, North Carolina One of the greatest blessings of working at Belmont Abbey College is having the opportunity to engage with a community of outstanding scholars and teachers who bring Cardinal Newman’s vision for a University to life.  During a recent conversation with Dr. Joshua [...]

Here’s What College Education Should Really Be About

St. John Henry Newman recognized that the primary purpose of a university is the pursuit of truth, not perpetual political argument By Thomas S. Hibbs, President, University of Dallas, Dallas, Texas, USA John Henry Newman, whom the Catholic Church officially declared a saint in October, is a model of sanctity and of the ways in which [...]

Newman Believed Education Should Produce “Good Members of Society”

“A University Training Is the Great Ordinary Means to a Great but Ordinary End” By Stephen D. Minnis President, Benedictine College, Atchison, Kansas, USA St. John Henry Newman is on our minds a lot at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. We have a Newman Residence Hall named after him, and residents from that dorm pride themselves [...]

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