Celebrate St. John Henry Newman’s Feast Day


Newman University Campus Ministry will host an outdoor adoration and celebration in honor of St. John Henry Newman’s Feast Day. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9, at Founder’s Plaza, located on the south side of De Mattias Hall.

Following the adoration, attendees are invited to stay and enjoy music performed by the Walnut River Pirates and make s’mores on the Dresselhaus Patio.

Contrary to Catholic tradition, St. John Henry Newman’s Feast Day is not celebrated on the day of his death but instead on the day he converted to Catholicism.

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A sculpture of St. John Henry Newman stands at the entrance of Sacred Heart Hall.

Sacred Heart Junior College, founded in 1933 by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, became Kansas Newman College in 1973 to reflect the continued growth of the institution, the expanded range of educational programs and to honor St. John Henry Newman, the 19th-century theologian and scholar known for his writings on the liberal arts and education.

St. John Henry Newman was beatified on Sept. 19, 2010, and canonized on Oct. 13, 2019. A pilgrimage of 34 Newman University staff, board members, friends and alumni traveled to Rome where they witnessed the canonization of university’s namesake.

For more information on the Feast Day celebration, contact Emily Simon, assistant director of Campus Ministry, at (316) 942-4291, ext. 2422 or [email protected].



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