Newman University to celebrate canonization of namesake

Jul 25, 2019
john henry cardinal newman sculpture
A sculpture of St. John Henry Newman stands at the entrance of Sacred Heart Hall.

The Newman University community was excited to hear the details for the canonization of its namesake, Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, which will take place Oct. 13, 2019, in Rome at St. Peter’s Square.

A delegation consisting of Newman alumni and community members led by President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D., will be participating in a pilgrimage October 7-15 in honor of the canonization. The trip, which will include visits to Rome, Siena, Florence, San Gimignano and Assisi, will allow the travelers to experience the blessed event and become immersed in the rich Catholic heritage the university embraces and celebrates today.

Newman University, once known as Sacred Heart College, was founded in 1933 by the university’s current sponsoring religious order, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, and provided education for both sisters and laywomen in the fields of teaching, nursing, secretarial sciences and home economics.

As time progressed, the college became coeducational and expanded its programs and curriculum. The college changed its name to Kansas Newman College in 1973 to honor John Henry Cardinal Newman, the 19th-century theologian and scholar known for his writings on liberal arts and education.

The college became Newman University in 1998 and today’s students experience an enriched education based on Cardinal Newman’s belief that an education should be deeply rooted in the liberal arts. The Newman Studies Program (NSP) is part of the liberal arts education students receive at the university.

Embodying Cardinal Newman’s view of what a university should be, educating both the mind and the spirit, the NSP curriculum puts his ideas into action and prepares graduates to adapt in a rapidly changing world in which future professions do not yet exist.

The NSP embraces a collaborative learning environment in which students experience diverse perspectives. Classes within the NSP combine disciplines such as art and science, business and sports or communication and criminal justice.

This interdisciplinary curriculum challenges and inspires the students to actively learn and think critically. Graduates leave Newman ready to succeed and elevate society.