Who We Are
Blessed John Henry Newman
Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890) Primary Patron of the
Feast Day: September 24 UWO Newman Cemter
Blessed John Henry Newman, the 19th century’s most important English-speaking Roman Catholic theologian, spent the first half of his life as an Anglican and the second half as a Roman Catholic. He was a priest, popular preacher, writer, and eminent theologian in both Churches. Born in London, England, he studied and ministered at Oxford. After 1933, Newman became a prominent member of the Oxford Movement, which emphasized the Church’s debt to the Church Fathers and challenged any tendency to consider truth as completely subjective. His historical research led Newman to become a Roman Catholic in 1845 and a priest two years later. When Newman was named a cardinal in 1879, he took as his motto “Cor ad cor loquitur,” heart speaks to the heart. He died 11 years later. Three years after Newman died, a Newman Club for Catholic students began at the University of Pittsburgh. In time, his name was linked to ministry centers at public universities in the United States, including UWO.