Have you ever wondered where the ‘Newman’ in Newman Center comes from? It comes from John Henry Newman, who we remember this week on October 9th. Newman Centers and Newman Clubs across the nation are named after John Henry Cardinal Newman, campus ministry’s patron.
John Henry Newman (1801-1890) is a famous convert to Catholicism. He wrote extensively on the role of a Catholic university, conscience, and the laity. In 1883 Catholic students attending public colleges and universities began to gather as Catholic communities on campus. In 1908 the first national Catholic student association was established. The association was named after Cardinal Newman- the National Newman Club Federation. Our own ‘Newman Club’ at New Mexico State University was founded in 1930– nearly 100 years ago! Cardinal Newman was beatified (the final stage before being recognized as a Saint) in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.
Please join me in praying for Newman Centers and Campus Ministries across the United States and offering a word of thanksgiving to Cardinal Newman for inspiring the Newman Movement!