Lent is focus of Feb. 18 Cardinal Newman Lecture

As part of Cardinal Newman Week, the annual week-long celebration of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, Newman University will present local author and speaker Stephanie A. Mann.

Mann will deliver the Cardinal Newman Lecture, which is entitled “Blessed John Henry Newman on Lent: Affliction and Love.”

The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center, inside the Dugan Library on the Newman University campus, 3100 McCormick. The event is free and open to the public, and is presented by the Gerber Institute for Catholic Studies at Newman University. Ash Wednesday Mass will follow the lecture at 9 p.m. in St. John’s Chapel, inside Sacred Heart Hall on the Newman campus.

Stephanie Mann

Stephanie Mann

Mann’s lecture will explore how Newman expresses the Church’s age-old call to prayer, fasting, and alms-giving during Lent to conform to God’s Will in preparation for Easter, and Eternal Life. Mann will also describe how Newman “practiced what he preached” with examples from his life and personal devotions.

Mann is a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish and is on the Wichita Diocesan Speakers Bureau roster. She is the author of Supremacy and Survival: How Catholics Endured the English Reformation. She also writes for periodicals including The Catholic Answer Magazine and the St. Austin Review. Mann is a regular guest on EWTN and Ave Maria Radio programs, including the “Son Rise Morning Show” and “Kresta in the Afternoon.”

“Stephanie Mann’s lecture looks to be a promising way to begin the Lenten season,” said John McCormick, Ph.D., director of the Gerber Institute and associate professor of theology at Newman.

Each year, the Newman University community celebrates the life and teachings of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, the 19th century Catholic theologian and educator for whom the university is named. Beginning this year, the Cardinal Newman Week activities are part of Heritage Month, a series of events in celebration of the heritage of Newman University founders the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, Cardinal Newman, and the university’s Catholic tradition.

For more information on Heritage Month events, click here.

For more information about the Cardinal Newman Lecture, contact the Gerber Institute for Catholic Studies at 316-942-4291, ext. 2798 or visit www.gerberinstitute.org.

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