The Making of a Modern Saint: John Henry Newman on Faith and Education in a Secular Age

Oct 19 9am–4:30pm
Swift Hall
1025 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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David DeavelUniversity of St. Thomas

Dwight LindleyHillsdale College


Open to current high school students. $20 registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Part of the Lumen Christi Institute's Newman Forum for high school students. Contact Austin Walker with questions.

Cosponsored by Mundelein Seminary, the Archdiocese of Chicago Vocation Office, and the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

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At one time the most famous man in England, and at another time the most infamous, John Henry Newman lived the life of a modern saint.  He rose to prominence as an Anglican preacher and academic, whose conversion to the Roman Catholic Church in 1845 shocked the British public.  Stunned by the response, Newman had to go into hiding, and left the public eye until 1864, when he wrote his spiritual autobiography, the Apologia Pro Vita Sua, to great public acclaim.

Newman was a preacher, a lecturer, the founder and chancellor of a university, a theologian, and a philosopher.  His reflections on faith and reason, religious and university education, and development of Christian doctrine are unmatched in modern Church history.

This conference will celebrate Newman's life and thought.  In the morning, Dwight Lindley from Hillsdale College (MI) will introduce us to the life and times of John Henry Newman.  In the afternoon, Dave Deavel from the University of St. Thomas (MN) will guide us through Newman's famous work, the Idea of a University. We will ask: what is a good education? How does religious learning relate to university education? How do you know when a question ought to be answered by biology, or psychology, or political science? Or theology?!


9:00am Registration and Breakfast
10:00am Welcome & Introductions
10:15am Opening Prayer
10:30am Prof. Lindley lecture on Newman's life and times
11:45am  Lunchtime discussion group
1:00pm Outdoor activity
2:15pm Prof. Deavel lecture on Science, University, and Liberal Education
3:30pm Discussion Groups
4:30pm Mass (optional)
5:45pm Pizza Party

David P. Deavel is Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas. He holds an MA, MPhil, and PhD from Fordham University. His research and teaching focus on John Henry Newman, G.K. Chesterton, and the English Catholic literary revival; literature and Catholic thought; and political philosophy. He serves as Editor of Logos: A Jouranl of Catholic Thought and Culture.

Dwight A. Lindley III is Associate Professor of English at Hillsdale College, where he has taught since 2011. He holds an MA and PhD from the University of Dallas and a BA from Hillsdale College. He has written numerous articles on nineteenth-century literature and poetry. Prof. Lindley is currently working on several book projects, including Probability and Practical Reasoning in Nineteenth-Century Literature: Austen, Newman, and Eliot.