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Welcome

John Henry NewmanWith a vision to enhance and extend the reach of John Henry Newman’s life, thought and  spirituality,  Liverpool Hope University has developed a study and research environment to bring Newman’s teachings to the community of Newman scholars in the North-West of England, as well as to today’s pluralistic and diverse society.

The John Henry Newman Studies Project is envisaged as an international forum for research and academic study of the meaning of Newman’s thought and work. In particular, to preserve and develop Newman’s legacy of academic learning and scholarship left in Britain.

Uniquely, Liverpool Hope University is the only university in Britain to hold a complete microfilm copy of the John Henry Newman papers. The collection is now available for consultation.

The investment in this new set of microfilm, together with an allocation of approximately £4,000 to update and enhance the extensive corpus of Newman’s own published works and books on or related to Newman, demonstrates our University's commitment to foster Newman studies over the coming years. 

For further details please contact Dr Stephen Kelly Director of the John Henry Newman Studies Project and Lecturer in Modern History. kellys@hope.ac.uk

Watch Professor Sheridan Gilley deliver the 2014 Keynote Address 'Newman's Idea of a University Revisited' at the colloquium The Idea of a University Now, Liverpool Hope University, 16-17 September 2014, or you can read the book The Idea of a University Now which is a recording of the proceedings.

 

 

 Watch Fr Ian Ker (University of Oxford) deliver the inaugural John Henry Newman Keynote Address at the 2013 Liverpool Hope University John Henry Newman symposium 2013.‌ 

 

 

 

Research

Newman’s Published Works

Newman's written works are wide ranging and of interest to scholars of many backgrounds. History, philosophy, literature, education, biography and theology are among the themes he treated in the many volumes he published.

His architectural taste has left us a magnificent legacy of buildings he designed. Musical and poetic expressions pervaded his entire life and work. Newman's philosophical cast of mind was unique. The compositional and stylistic quality of his writings has long confirmed his reputation among students of English literature. James Joyce said that ‘the greatest prose writer was Newman’.

Newman's published works are available from The Newman Reader. This website provides the complete uniform edition of all works published by Newman, plus miscellaneous shorter works.

 

Liverpool Hope University's collection of John Henry Newman related works

The Gradwell Collection, housed in the Special Collections, Sheppard-Worlock Library contains an entire section devoted to the Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890).

The recently updated Newman section holds an extensive corpus of Newman's own published works (including first editions) and books on or related to Newman. Further details of which can be found on the library catalogue.

 

The Newman community at Liverpool Hope University                     

Dr Gergely Juhasz 

Dr Stephen Kelly

Dr Peter McGrail                                                                      

Prof Kenneth Newport

Prof Gerald Pillay

Prof John Sullivan

 

 

 

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Man & Legacy

John Henry NewmanNewman stands as a giant in the fields of theology, philosophy, and education. Influencing many academic and spiritual disciplines, Newman's writings and his lifelong search for religious truth continue to inspire scholars throughout the world. His life (1801-1890), which virtually spanned the 19th century, provides a perennial source of fascination. Although many have been inclined to divide Newman’s life into his ‘Anglican’ and his ‘Catholic’ phase, it is perhaps more fruitful to examine it as a continuous journey involving a quest for authenticity of vision and practice.

Newman began his religious career as a 19th century Fellow of Oriel College and as the Vicar of St. Mary the Virgin Church in Oxford, England. At the age of 44, he converted to Roman Catholicism and founded the first English-speaking Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Birmingham, England. He was made a Cardinal of the Catholic Church in 1879. His many scholarly works were a significant force that helped shape religious thought not only in his own time, but also throughout the 20th century.

Newman's reform-minded philosophy and theology was so influential that he became known as the ‘Invisible Father’ of the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965). This distinguished title was given to him because his ideas energised the conversations that sent that council in the direction of reconciliation and dialogue with the modern world. His 19th century writings also set into motion the Council's teaching on the role of the laity, conscience, and education. In short, Newman helped foster an ecumenical view of the world and remains as relevant today as ever.

Microfilm

John Henry Newman

In the summer of 2013 Liverpool Hope University purchased a complete set of the John Henry Newman microfilm personal papers. This set of microfilms (144 reels in total) consists of several thousand documents, letters and memoranda from the personal collection of the Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890). Liverpool Hope University is now the only known institution outside of North America to have a complete copy of the mentioned microfilm.

Contents of the John Henry Newman personal papers microfilm collection can be found on the John Henry Newman Catalogue. ‌

The Newman personal papers microfilm collection is housed at the recently refurbished Special Collections, Liverpool Hope University Library. To use the microfilmed archive please complete a microfiche and microfilm request form online or email Special Collections (specialcollections@hope.ac.uk).

 

Links

The Newman Reader
A website providing the complete uniform edition of all works published by John Henry Newman, plus miscellaneous shorter works. The purpose of Newman Reader is to make the written works of Newman available in as complete and accessible a manner as resources allow. To this end, the site provides four types of content: written works themselves, guides to the works such as indexes, lists and reading suggestions, biographical information to supplement and provide perspective for the works, statements from Popes and others that place Newman's life in perspective.

The National Institute for Newman Studies
Founded in 2003 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, The National Institute for Newman Studies provides resources for scholars dedicated to promoting the study and spreading the knowledge of the life, influence, and work of the Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman. It furthers these ends by maintaining the Newman Research Library, sponsoring the Newman Scholarship Program, and publishing the Newman Studies Journal. It seeks to be the central Newman study institute in the USA with the world's most comprehensive library on Newman.

The International Institute for Newman Studies, Dublin, UCD
The UCD International Centre for Newman Studies was established by University College Dublin for the Study of the Life, Times and Work of John Henry Newman, 1801 – 1890.

International Centre of Newman Friends
Founded in 1975 by The Spiritual Family The Work to make better known the life and works of John Henry Newman. It is present in Rome, Littlemore (Oxford), Bregenz and Budapest.

Newman Centre at McGill University Montreal
The Newman Centre aims to form an articulate, active and committed Catholic laity, to provide a vibrant social, intellectual and spiritual environment which is enriching for students, teachers, and the community at large, to work closely with people of other denominations and faiths to promote dialogue, respectful appreciation and cooperation in a divided world. The Newman Centre supports and houses the Kennedy-Smith Chair in Catholic Studies. The Chair coordinates courses in the Catholic Studies Minor and sponsors discussion groups and lectures in the university.

The Newman Rambler
A bi-annual journal launched in 1996 as an initiative of the Newman Association of Montreal at McGill University.

Birmingham Oratory
Website of the Birmingham Oratory founded by Newman, where Newman’s own library and his original papers are located.

 

Welcome

John Henry NewmanWith a vision to enhance and extend the reach of John Henry Newman’s life, thought and  spirituality,  Liverpool Hope University has developed a study and research environment to bring Newman’s teachings to the community of Newman scholars in the North-West of England, as well as to today’s pluralistic and diverse society.

The John Henry Newman Studies Project is envisaged as an international forum for research and academic study of the meaning of Newman’s thought and work. In particular, to preserve and develop Newman’s legacy of academic learning and scholarship left in Britain.

Uniquely, Liverpool Hope University is the only university in Britain to hold a complete microfilm copy of the John Henry Newman papers. The collection is now available for consultation.

The investment in this new set of microfilm, together with an allocation of approximately £4,000 to update and enhance the extensive corpus of Newman’s own published works and books on or related to Newman, demonstrates our University's commitment to foster Newman studies over the coming years. 

For further details please contact Dr Stephen Kelly Director of the John Henry Newman Studies Project and Lecturer in Modern History. kellys@hope.ac.uk

Watch Professor Sheridan Gilley deliver the 2014 Keynote Address 'Newman's Idea of a University Revisited' at the colloquium The Idea of a University Now, Liverpool Hope University, 16-17 September 2014, or you can read the book The Idea of a University Now which is a recording of the proceedings.

 

 

 Watch Fr Ian Ker (University of Oxford) deliver the inaugural John Henry Newman Keynote Address at the 2013 Liverpool Hope University John Henry Newman symposium 2013.‌ 

 

 

 

Research

Newman’s Published Works

Newman's written works are wide ranging and of interest to scholars of many backgrounds. History, philosophy, literature, education, biography and theology are among the themes he treated in the many volumes he published.

His architectural taste has left us a magnificent legacy of buildings he designed. Musical and poetic expressions pervaded his entire life and work. Newman's philosophical cast of mind was unique. The compositional and stylistic quality of his writings has long confirmed his reputation among students of English literature. James Joyce said that ‘the greatest prose writer was Newman’.

Newman's published works are available from The Newman Reader. This website provides the complete uniform edition of all works published by Newman, plus miscellaneous shorter works.

 

Liverpool Hope University's collection of John Henry Newman related works

The Gradwell Collection, housed in the Special Collections, Sheppard-Worlock Library contains an entire section devoted to the Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890).

The recently updated Newman section holds an extensive corpus of Newman's own published works (including first editions) and books on or related to Newman. Further details of which can be found on the library catalogue.

 

The Newman community at Liverpool Hope University                     

Dr Gergely Juhasz 

Dr Stephen Kelly

Dr Peter McGrail                                                                      

Prof Kenneth Newport

Prof Gerald Pillay

Prof John Sullivan

 

 

 

 ‌

Man & Legacy

John Henry NewmanNewman stands as a giant in the fields of theology, philosophy, and education. Influencing many academic and spiritual disciplines, Newman's writings and his lifelong search for religious truth continue to inspire scholars throughout the world. His life (1801-1890), which virtually spanned the 19th century, provides a perennial source of fascination. Although many have been inclined to divide Newman’s life into his ‘Anglican’ and his ‘Catholic’ phase, it is perhaps more fruitful to examine it as a continuous journey involving a quest for authenticity of vision and practice.

Newman began his religious career as a 19th century Fellow of Oriel College and as the Vicar of St. Mary the Virgin Church in Oxford, England. At the age of 44, he converted to Roman Catholicism and founded the first English-speaking Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Birmingham, England. He was made a Cardinal of the Catholic Church in 1879. His many scholarly works were a significant force that helped shape religious thought not only in his own time, but also throughout the 20th century.

Newman's reform-minded philosophy and theology was so influential that he became known as the ‘Invisible Father’ of the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965). This distinguished title was given to him because his ideas energised the conversations that sent that council in the direction of reconciliation and dialogue with the modern world. His 19th century writings also set into motion the Council's teaching on the role of the laity, conscience, and education. In short, Newman helped foster an ecumenical view of the world and remains as relevant today as ever.

Microfilm

John Henry Newman

In the summer of 2013 Liverpool Hope University purchased a complete set of the John Henry Newman microfilm personal papers. This set of microfilms (144 reels in total) consists of several thousand documents, letters and memoranda from the personal collection of the Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890). Liverpool Hope University is now the only known institution outside of North America to have a complete copy of the mentioned microfilm.

Contents of the John Henry Newman personal papers microfilm collection can be found on the John Henry Newman Catalogue. ‌

The Newman personal papers microfilm collection is housed at the recently refurbished Special Collections, Liverpool Hope University Library. To use the microfilmed archive please complete a microfiche and microfilm request form online or email Special Collections (specialcollections@hope.ac.uk).

 

Links

The Newman Reader
A website providing the complete uniform edition of all works published by John Henry Newman, plus miscellaneous shorter works. The purpose of Newman Reader is to make the written works of Newman available in as complete and accessible a manner as resources allow. To this end, the site provides four types of content: written works themselves, guides to the works such as indexes, lists and reading suggestions, biographical information to supplement and provide perspective for the works, statements from Popes and others that place Newman's life in perspective.

The National Institute for Newman Studies
Founded in 2003 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, The National Institute for Newman Studies provides resources for scholars dedicated to promoting the study and spreading the knowledge of the life, influence, and work of the Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman. It furthers these ends by maintaining the Newman Research Library, sponsoring the Newman Scholarship Program, and publishing the Newman Studies Journal. It seeks to be the central Newman study institute in the USA with the world's most comprehensive library on Newman.

The International Institute for Newman Studies, Dublin, UCD
The UCD International Centre for Newman Studies was established by University College Dublin for the Study of the Life, Times and Work of John Henry Newman, 1801 – 1890.

International Centre of Newman Friends
Founded in 1975 by The Spiritual Family The Work to make better known the life and works of John Henry Newman. It is present in Rome, Littlemore (Oxford), Bregenz and Budapest.

Newman Centre at McGill University Montreal
The Newman Centre aims to form an articulate, active and committed Catholic laity, to provide a vibrant social, intellectual and spiritual environment which is enriching for students, teachers, and the community at large, to work closely with people of other denominations and faiths to promote dialogue, respectful appreciation and cooperation in a divided world. The Newman Centre supports and houses the Kennedy-Smith Chair in Catholic Studies. The Chair coordinates courses in the Catholic Studies Minor and sponsors discussion groups and lectures in the university.

The Newman Rambler
A bi-annual journal launched in 1996 as an initiative of the Newman Association of Montreal at McGill University.

Birmingham Oratory
Website of the Birmingham Oratory founded by Newman, where Newman’s own library and his original papers are located.