Celebration of the beatification of John Henry Newman

You are invited to consider attending the 7pm mass next Sunday, February 27, 2011 and/or the reception which will follow as the Center celebrates the recent beatification of John Henry Newman, for whom the Center is named.

Bishop Timothy McDonnell will be the celebrant and Deacon Jack Sullivan will be the homilist. Deacon Jack, a permanent deacon in the diocese of Boston, was cured of a serious spinal disease by the intercession of Cardinal Newman. This miraculous cure was the basis for Newman’s beatification by Pope Benedict in England in September. However, pleased as we are by the presence of Bishop McDonnell and Deacon Sullivan, we are really celebrating Newman. His ideas about faith, the development of the doctrine, and many other issues are even more relevant today than when he uttered them. Paul VI in the midst of Vatican II declared that the Council was Newman’s hour. Pope Benedict, who ordinarily does not participate in ceremonies of beatification, made an exception for Cardinal Newman because of his regard for Newman’s life and thought. Newman is really a saint for today and his beatification is a source of grace for us. Come and celebrate with us.

[In the event of drastic inclement weather, March 6th will be the snow date.]