The Newman Association is a national organisation whose members meet regularly in
local “circles” to discuss and develop their understanding of the Christian faith.
Most of us are (Roman) Catholic, but baptised Christians of other traditions are
warmly welcome as Associate Members. The Association was founded in 1942, with a
formal constitution registered in 1947. The original aim was to answer the needs
of Catholic graduates, but is now open to all Christians who seek to promote the
aim of an educated laity. The Association takes its name from Cardinal John Henry Newman,
who “wanted a laity, not arrogant, not rash in speech, not disputatious, but men who know
their religion, who enter into it, who know just where they stand, who know what they
hold and what they do not, who know their creed so well that they can give
an account of it, who know so much of history that they can defend it.
I want an intelligent, well-instructed laity…”. (The Present Position
of Catholics in England, 1851)
We hope that by promoting a reasoned expression of our faith and stimulating
‘action for change’, we can make an important contribution to the Church.
As well as its local Circle meetings, the Association organises national
conferences and events, and produces a quarterly publication called
The Newman. We are affiliated with many organisations including CAFOD,
Pax Romana and the National Board for Catholic Women (see Links).
Within the Association we also have Special Interest groups covering a
variety of issues.
Every two years or so, a party of members goes on a “pilgrimage”,
which combines spiritual, cultural and social dimensions.
Over the last few years we have followed St. Paul's journeys
through Asia Minor, Greece and Italy. In 2004 we travelled to
Santiago de Compostela and in May 2006 we journeyed to Damascus.
*This portrait of Newman, courtesy of the
National Portrait Gallery
is taken from a lithograph by JA Vinter of the original by Maria Giberne, a family friend
in Newman’s youth, who later became a nun at Autun in France.
John Henry Newman
who wanted an “intelligent,