At Newman College we cultivate and celebrate our distinct Catholic nature through the promotion of ‘Dignity and Excellence’ for all members of our College family. John Henry Newman wrote ‘God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission.’ Newman College is committed to placing faith at its centre, radiating the Gospel values of love, service, courage and reconciliation from the physical and spiritual heart of our learning community. ‘I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons’. At Newman College we celebrate collectively in our triumphs and we are united in our trials.
“I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons”
“We strive to have the courage to celebrate and live our Christian faith, in love and service to all others, to achieve dignity and excellence.”
The College is very proud of our Patron John Henry Newman, who lived in the 19th Century. Born in 1801, John Henry Newman rose to prominence as an evangelical Oxford academic and priest in the Church of England and through his work in the Oxford Movement. The Oxford Movement were keen to see the Church of England return to many Catholic beliefs and forms of worship which were used in medieval times. By 1845 Newman had left the Church of England and was received into the Roman Catholic Church where he was eventually granted the rank of Cardinal by Pope Leo XIII. Newman played a critical role in the founding of the Catholic University of Ireland, the forerunner to the University College, Dublin.
On 19 September 2010 Pope Benedict XVI beatified Cardinal Newman during his visit to the United Kingdom. From this moment on, he became known as Blessed John Henry Newman.
Newman is also well known for his works of literature, which include his autobiography Apologia Pro Vita Sua (1865–66), the Grammar of Assent (1870), and the poem The Dream of Gerontius (1865), which was set to music in 1900 by Edward Elgar as an oratorio. He wrote the popular hymns “Lead, Kindly Light” and “Praise to the Holiest in the Height”.
“In the image of God, shaped by the Newman family, where minds open, aspirations ignite and spirits soar”
68.0%A*-C Grades in English Language64.6% National Average
69.6%A*-C Grades in History67.3% National Average
84.2%A*-C Grades in Geography67.1% National Average
87.5%A*-C Grades in Art74.6% National Average