Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tomorrow Night: Cardinal Newman Day Lecture

From Newman University:

As part of Cardinal Newman Week, the annual week-long celebration of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, Newman University will present local author and speaker Stephanie A. Mann.

Mann will deliver the Cardinal Newman Lecture, which is entitled “Blessed John Henry Newman on Lent: Affliction and Love.”

The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center, inside the Dugan Library on the Newman University campus, 3100 McCormick. The event is free and open to the public, and is presented by the Gerber Institute for Catholic Studies at Newman University. Ash Wednesday Mass will follow the lecture at 9 p.m. in St. John’s Chapel, inside Sacred Heart Hall on the Newman campus.

Mann’s lecture will explore how Newman expresses the Church’s age-old call to prayer, fasting, and alms-giving during Lent to conform to God’s Will in preparation for Easter, and Eternal Life. Mann will also describe how Newman “practiced what he preached” with examples from his life and personal devotions.

Mann is a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish and is on the Wichita Diocesan Speakers Bureau roster. She is the author of Supremacy and Survival: How Catholics Endured the English Reformation. She also writes for periodicals including The Catholic Answer Magazine and the St. Austin Review. Mann is a regular guest on EWTN and Ave Maria Radio programs, including the “Son Rise Morning Show” and “Kresta in the Afternoon.”

“Stephanie Mann’s lecture looks to be a promising way to begin the Lenten season,” said John McCormick, Ph.D., director of the Gerber Institute and associate professor of theology at Newman.

I was working at then Kansas Newman College as the administration assistant for the Gerber Institute for Catholic Studies and the Theology/Philosophy department when John McCormick interviewed and was hired for a Theology faculty position--other fun personal background to this presentation is that it's not my first Cardinal Newman lecture at the same institution. When I was working at Kansas Newman College as an admissions counselor I was asked to make a presentation on Newman. My topic was "Newman and the Rambler Incident"! Thirty-three (33) years later and they ask me back! 

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