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John Henry Newman: Influences and Legacies

John Henry Newman: Influences and Legacies

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Friday, 18th October 2019 9:30am - 4:45pm St Margaret's Church Free, booking required Book tickets

A day symposium with distinguished speakers to celebrate the canonisation of John Henry Newman.

John Henry Newman was baptised and ordained as an Anglican prior to his reception into the Roman Catholic Church in 1845. One of the most distinguished and influential figures of the nineteenth century, Newman’s wide-ranging work on topics including faith, revelation, the development of doctrine, the nature of the Church, and the role of conscience continues to bear fruit today.

Newman was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 whilst on his State Visit to the UK, and Pope Francis will canonise Newman in Rome on 13th October 2019. During this period of celebration for Catholics and Anglicans alike, Westminster Abbey is delighted to host this opportunity for study and reflection in partnership with St Mary's University, Twickenham.

Our day symposium will examine what influenced Newman himself, as well as interrogating his legacy for the Church today. How did Newman’s scholarly Anglican formation shape his mature theological insights? What made him a distinctive Catholic theologian of the nineteenth century? What implications might Newman's work on the relationship between tradition and development have to say to the contemporary Christian world? How should we harvest the gifts he has left us?

Keynote speakers include Judith Champ, Eamon Duffy, Jane Garnett, Ben King and Roderick Strange.

Panellists include Jeremy Morris, Peter Nockles, Jacob Phillips and Angela Tilby.


Booking and event details

All are welcome to attend.

To apply for tickets to attend the day (free), visit the Eventbrite website.

The event begins at 9:30am with registration and coffee, and concludes at 4:45pm. Choral Evensong will follow at 5:00pm, sung jointly by the Choirs of Westminster Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, in Westminster Abbey.


St Mary's University Twickenham London


Westminster Abbey The Chapter Office Westminster Abbey 20 Dean's Yard London UK SW1P 3PA

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