Letters from a Pastor to His People- October 27, 2019
John Henry Newman was canonized a saint two weekends ago by Pope Francis. Newman was an English priest from the 19th Century. Originally an Anglican, he converted to Catholicism and was later in life made a Cardinal in the Church. He was (and still is) an intellectual giant, writing very influential texts such as Essay on the Grammar of Assent and his spiritual autobiography called Apologia Pro Vita Sua. For a few years he was rector of the Catholic University of Ireland, which led him to write The Idea of a University. Catholic student centers at various universities around the country are called "Newman Centers" because of this. I'll be forever grateful to the Newman Center of my alma mater, which helped my faith and ultimately led me to the priesthood.