Newman University’s first Heritage Month came to a close the evening of March 4, with Mass and a Christian concert by Luke Spehar. Heritage Month is the month-long series of events that celebrated Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, the heritage of Newman University’s founders, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, and the university’s Catholic tradition.
Newman Director of Mission and Archives Charlotte Rohrbach, ASC said she was pleased with how things went during the first Heritage Month.
“[It] has been a great success,” Rohrbach said. “With more people helping organize the many events, and more people from off campus as well as on campus attending them, I think our new tradition is off to a wonderful start.”
Heritage Month began on Feb. 4 with an Ecumenical Prayer Service celebrating the Feast Day of St. Maria De Mattias, the foundress of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ. Over the course of Heritage Month, several events highlighted Newman University’s Catholic tradition, including the Gregorian Chant Workshop and Mass, the Cardinal Newman Mass, and Father Dwight Birket’s Mission Talk, “McNeill, The Priest,” attended by 50 members of the Newman community.
The annual Cardinal Newman Week has been incorporated into Heritage Month as well. one of the favorite events of Cardinal Newman Week, High Tea, occurred on Feb. 17. High Tea celebrates the life of John Henry Cardinal Newman an afternoon tea in the English custom to which Newman was accustomed. At the end of Cardinal Newman Week, Newman hosted its Cardinal Newman and Annual Awards Banquet, where Reverend Monsignor Robert Hemberger was awarded this year’s Cardinal Newman Medal.
Here is a selection of photos highlighting the events from Heritage Month: