Blessed John Henry Newman
The Newman House is named after Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman. Bl. Newman lived from 1801 to 1890. He was ordained as an Anglican priest, but converted to Catholicism when he was 44 years old. Bl. Newman is known for his impressive works of theology, philosophy, education, and apologetics which later influenced the Second Vatican Council. He also founded a Catholic University in Dublin and a Catholic School in Birmingham. Three years after Bl. Newman died, a Newman Club for Catholic students began at the University of Pittsburgh. In time, his name has become linked to ministry centers at public universities throughout the United States. Cardinal Newman is called “Blessed” because he is in the process of being canonized a saint. His feast day is October 9. Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, pray for us!
Dear Jesus, help me to spread your fragrance everywhere I go;
Flood my soul with your spirit and life;
Penetrate and possess my whole being so completely
That all my life may be only a radiance of yours;
Shine through me and be so in me
That everyone with whom I come into contact
May feel your presence within me.
Let them look up and see no longer me—but only Jesus.