Christendom College will commemorate the life and canonization of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman on Sunday, October 13, 2019, with prayers, lectures, and watching his canonization live as a community. Members of the college community have been praying a novena to Bl. John Henry Newman since October 4, and it will conclude the day before his canonization. Those praying the novena have asked that Bl. Newman aid the college in its mission to provide a transformative Catholic liberal arts education.
On October 13, the college is hosting a watch party for students. Live footage from the canonization Mass will be streamed, and there will also be a special video message from our students in Rome who will be attending the canonization in person. Students who attend the watch party will need to keep vigil, as the Mass does not begin until 3:30am EST. But coffee and snacks will be provided to keep devoted Newman fans fueled.
Later in October, faculty members will give lectures about the life and work of Cardinal Newman. Political Science Professor Dr. Bracy Bersnak will present on Newman’s work The Idea of a University. History professor Dr. Christopher Lane will give a lecture about Anglo-Catholicism and the Oxford Movement. History professor Dr. Adam Schwartz will focus on Newman’s conversion in his presentation, and Dr. Brendan McGuire will speak about Newman’s scholarship as a historian.
Christendom College provides a timeless and challenging Catholic liberal arts education, one that Cardinal Newman would have approved of and promoted. It is the same education received by the scientists, scholars, heroes, and saints that have marked the 2000-year history of Christendom.
Rather than educating students for the sake of attaining wisdom, many of today’s universities and colleges have stripped their coursework of the liberal arts and have focused on specialized job training. While the immediate pursuit of a technical degree following high school may result in the rapid development of a vocational skill, the student’s mental powers and habits are narrowed through this process. Conversely, through the study of Catholic liberal arts, the student’s intellect is opened to the good, the true, and the beautiful. Through studying mathematics, history, literature, classics, political science, and especially philosophy and theology, the intellect is strengthened and ordered. By seeking truth through various disciplines the student cultivates a new intellectual power enabling him to master any subject. As Blessed John Henry Newman observed, the student attains an intellectual prowess through which he can take up any career and thrive with competence, grace, versatility, and success. As a result, the Catholic liberal arts student becomes equipped for a life of leadership and excellence.
To learn more about Cardinal Newman, go here.