Newman University to present concert, other activities for Cardinal Newman Week Feb. 19-25

Feb 01, 2012

Newman University will host a variety of events in its annual celebration of Cardinal Newman Week, beginning this year on Sunday, Feb. 19 and running through Saturday, Feb. 25. The annual week of festivities is designed to honor the life, lessons and ideals of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, the namesake of the university. A complete schedule of events is listed below.

This year’s celebration will include a new event, a concert by the Newman University Faculty Chamber Ensemble, set for 4 p.m. Feb. 19 in St. John’s Chapel, inside Sacred Heart Hall on the Newman campus. The program will include works written, appreciated and inspired by Cardinal Newman, an accomplished musician and composer, and a discussion on his views on music both secular and sacred. The ensemble is made up of Newman instructors of instrumental music Carole Pracht, piano/organ, David Baxter, trumpet, Sarah Baxter, violin, and Cindy Thompson, oboe/English horn. The concert is free and open to the public.

Other highlights of the week will be the presentation of the Cardinal Newman Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the Newman University Board of Trustees, to former dean of the Newman University School of Nursing and Allied Health Mary “Joan” Felts, R.N., Ph.D. Felts will receive the medal at the annual Cardinal Newman and Alumni Awards Banquet, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center on the Newman campus.

The banquet will also feature the presentation of the annual Alumni Awards to Clare Vanderpool, who will receive the Leon A. McNeil Distinguished Alumna in the Arts and Humanities Award; John R. Pyles, M.D., who will receive the Beata Netemeyer Service Award; Ami M. Angell, Ph.D., LLM, who will receive the Spirit of Acuto Transformational Leadership Award; and Dorothy Vossen Adams, Mary Green Shults, and Mary Agnes Brady Morley, who will receive the St. Maria De Mattias Award.

Other popular events scheduled for the week are the Cardinal Newman Guest Lecture, featuring Alvernia University Associate Professor of Theology Kevin Godfrey, Ph.D., and High Tea, which features traditional English pastries and savories. The complete list of events and locations is as follows. For more information or to reserve seats for the Cardinal Newman Banquet and Awards Ceremony, visit

Cardinal Newman Week

Sunday, Feb. 19
4 p.m.
Newman University Faculty Chamber Ensemble Concert, St. John’s Chapel
7 p.m.
Mass, St. John’s Chapel, reception to follow

Monday, Feb. 20 –
Friday, Feb. 25
Cardinal Newman E-mail Trivia Contest

Tuesday, Feb. 21
Birthday Cake for students, faculty and staff, Mabee Dining Center
2 – 4 p.m.
High Tea, Gorges Atrium
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Evening High Tea, Eck Hall
Cardinal Newman Lecture – Kevin Godfrey, Ph.D., Performance Hall, De Mattias Fine Arts Center

Wednesday, Feb. 22
Ash Wednesday (no Cardinal Newman Week events)

Thursday, Feb. 23
11 a.m.
Cardinal Newman Mass, St. John’s Chapel
7 p.m.
Newman Board of Trustees dinner with Cardinal Newman Scholars (Invitation only)

Saturday, Feb. 25
5 p.m.
Sunday Vigil Mass, St. John’s Chapel
6 p.m.
Cardinal Newman Banquet and Awards Ceremony, Dugan-Gorges Conference Center



This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:


Correction: Feb. 21, 2012
The Cardinal Newman Lecture by Kevin Godfrey, Ph.D. has been cancelled.