Events

 

2016-17 Season

During the forthcoming season the format of the monthly meetings will incorporate presentations of twenty minutes duration, by members who have agreed to speak about specific aspects of the life and teachings of Blessed John Henry Newman which are of particular interest to them.

The normal format of the meetings is as follows:

  1. Welcome followed by recitation of  Newman’s  reflection about trust in Divine Providence, and personal vocation
  2. Personal choice as agreed by a member at the preceeding meeting.
  3. Minutes and points arising.
  4. A poem by Newman chosen and presented by a member,  as agreed at the preceeding meeting.
  5. Intercessions.
  6. Study Subject as agreed; or Presentation by a member regarding an aspect of the life and output of Blessed John Henry Newman, followed by a responding discussion.
  7. Newman in the Media; and elsewhere e.g. encountered in literary sources.
  8. Any other business.
  9. Plan for next meeting.
  10. Concluding prayer and blessing.

With regard to item 6 of the Agenda the subjects for the Season 2016-2017 are as follows:

2016

21 September:       “Love of Relations and  Friends” (p.p.s . Volume II, no. 5).

19 October:            “Newman and the Early Fathers of  the Church”:  a presentation by Noel Fitzpatrick.

16 November:       “The Dream of Gerontius”:     Part one.

21 December:      “The Dream of Gerontius”:   Part two  ( lines 170-513).

2017

18 January:            “The Dream of Gerontius” :  Part two continued  (line 514  i.e. “I see no more those false   spirits” to the end i.e. line 900).

15 February:         ‘Newman and Sacred Scriptures’ : a presentation by Teresa Iglesias.

15 March:             “The Gospel of Joy“: a presentation by John Cogavin.

19 April:               “Newman and Islam”: a presentation by Angelo Bottone.

17 May:                ‘The month of  May’ ( from ‘Meditations and devotions’).

 

The meetings take place on the third Wednesday of each month, beginning at 6.30 pm in Newman House, concluding by 8 pm.

 

Presentation
Theses are papers presented by members of the Newman Society at the monthly meetings.
 
Noel Fitzpatrick, “Newman and the Church Fathers“.
 
John Cogavin, “The Gospel of Joy“.

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Thursday 2nd March at 1 P.M.

Cardinal Newman and the Novelist: The Study of Geraldine Penrose Fitzgerald, an Anglo-Irish Victorian Convert

Dr. Patrick Maume 

Central Catholic Library
74 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
https://catholiclibrary.ie/

 

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2015-16 Season

During the 2015-16 season the Apologia pro Vita Sua was read, which we last studied during 2006-07. It was apportioned as follows:

 

2015

16 September: Chapter One (To 1833)

21 October:      Chapter Two ( 1833 – 1839)

18 November: Chapter Three (1839 – 1841)

16 December: Chapter Four, Part One (1841 – 1845)

 

2016

20 January: Chapter Four, Part Two (1841 – 1845)

17 February: Chapter Five (Since 1845)

16 March:  Appendix ‘Lying and Equivocation’

20 April:    Appendix ‘Sermon on Widsom and Innocence’

18 May:     Appendix ‘Liberalism’

 

The meetings take place on the third Wednesday of each month, beginning at 6.30 pm in Newman House, concluding by 8 pm.

 
 
Personal choices
Theses are personal choices presented by members of the Newman Society at the monthly meetings.
 
John Coughlan, “Newman and his sisters“.
 

 

Retreat  
 
The Newman Society of Ireland is organising a Day Retreat based on the spirituality of Blessed John Henry Newman.  It is scheduled to take place at Manresa Retreat House Dollymount Dublin 3 (01 8331352,  01 8336497) on 25th April 2015 (Saturday). 
The retreat will be directed by Fr. Dermot Mansfield SJ, author of acclaimed biography of Blessed John Henry Newman  ‘Heart Speaks to Heart’ (Veritas 2010).  
 Registration will be at 9 30 am. First lecture: ‘Newman’s Theology of the Incarnation’ at 10 00am.
 Cost, including meal, € 50.  A deposit of € 10 will secure a place.
If you are interested, or wish to have more information, please contact Dick Dunne Hon. Sec.at 01 8480728 or Dr. Niall Tierney, President of Newman Society, by email at,  tie@eircom.net.   
 
 
 

2014-15 Season

During the past Season we have studied four more of Newman’s own selection of his Parochial and Plain Sermons. With regard to the discussion subjects the following is the plan for the forthcoming season:

17th September “The Greatness and Littleness of Human Life” (P.P.S. vol. 4 n. 14: October 23rd, 1836).   Agenda

15th October “Waiting for Christ” (P.P.S. vol. 6 n. 17: December 6th, 1836).

From November through February 2015 the subject matter is to be The Tamworth Reading Room: letters published in the Times by Newman in 1841 under the pseudonym  Catholicus.

19th November Letter 1  “Secular Knowledge in contrast with Religion”.

17th December Letter 2 “Secular Knowledge not the principle of Moral Improvement” and Letter 3 “Secular Knowledge not a direct means of Moral Improvement”.

21st January Letter 4 “Secular Knowledge not antecedent of Moral Improvement” and Letter 5 “Secular Knowledge not a principle of Social Unity”.

18th February Letter 6 “Secular Knowledge not a Principle of Action” and Letter 7 “Secular Knowledge without Personal Religion tends to Unbelief”.

From March through May 2015 we complete the study of the thirteen Parochial and Plain Sermons selected by Newman on behalf  of a Wexford born priest Robert Whitty (1817-95)

18th March “Subjection of the Reason and Feelings to the Revealed World” (P.P.S. vol. 6 n. 18: December 13th, 1836).

15th April “Equanimity” (P.P.S. vol. 5 n. 5: December 22nd, 1839).

20th May “Peace in Believing” (P.P.S. vol. 6 n. 25: May 26th, 1839).

On Sunday 12th October 2014 a Mass with special reference to Blessed John Henry Newman, whose feast is 9th October, is scheduled to take place at 11.00 am in University Church St Stephen’s Green. A similar celebration is to take place on Sunday 22nd February 2015, the day after Newman’s birthday. On both occasions the Mass is to be followed by a meal at Buswells hotel.

 

The first meeting of the Newman Society of Ireland was held on the 21st of October, 1996.

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