Thursday, April 07, 2011

Wyoming Catholic College and Blessed John Henry Newman

It has been awhile since we have had anything about Blessed John Henry Newman, or for that matter, Wyoming Catholic College. The following press release was brought to our attention and may be of interest to some of our readers.


Lander, WY (March 28, 2011) – Wyoming Catholic College’s yearly Catholic Rendezvous seeks to gather Catholic adults of like faith and mind to discuss a variety of topics, enjoy good food and drink, worship together, and experience the majesty of God’s country here in Wyoming. While enrollment as a fulltime WCC student is limited to 18-year olds, adults can now experience life at the nation’s newest Catholic college. And since WCC has a national outreach, attendees will meet new friends from around the country who share a love of Christ, learning and the great outdoors.

This year’s Rendezvous, which will take place from August 4th to August 7th, will focus on Blessed John Henry Newman, his writings and influence, and the significance of his teachings for the Catholics of today.
Pope John Paul II pointed to Newman as a model of the union of faith and reason, and Pope Benedict XVI has several times stressed Newman’s deep influence on his own theological thinking. But Newman’s forty or so published volumes, along with thirty-two volumes of letters, can be intimidating. Participants in the 2011 Catholic Rendezvous will find an accessible pathway into the life, thought, and refreshing relevance of the Cardinal: 

- What kind of education do today’s leaders need? Patrick Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society will speak about Newman’s The Idea of a University in relation to the cultural battles of our times.

- Who was John Henry Newman? Dr. Peter Kwasniewski will offer an overview of Newman’s dramatic life and his impact on the Church today.

- Can the Church be divided into “conservative” and “liberal”? Dr. Sean Lewis will explain Newman’s famously balanced position, which defies the popular media categories used today to describe Catholicism from the Vatican to the parish council.

- Can we argue ourselves or others into the faith? Looking at Newman’s poetry, fiction, and theological works, Prof. Herb Mosher will explore how Newman defines the role of the imagination in conversion.

- Is Catholicism the key to culture? Prof. Jason Baxter will illuminate Newman’s insight into the essential connection between the Catholic faith and the best in human art, architecture, and culture.

Additional information, schedules, and registration forms can be found at the College’s website.

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