“To Walk the Path of Holiness”


John Henry Newman
John Henry Newman.

In the second of the Institute for Mission’s (IFM's) three-part series on the saints, Coordinator of Parish Services Daniel Ang addressed an audience of 80 people from across the Diocese.

Held on Wednesday 8 September at IFM, the topic of the night was the life, spirituality and theological vision of John Henry Newman, to be beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on September 19, 2010.

In his address, Daniel traced Newman’s quite remarkable journey, from his Anglican roots, through the controversy of his conversion to Roman Catholicism, to his later days as a cardinal. It became apparent that Newman’s own life expressed a passionate concern for the truth, a commitment to practical discipleship, and a deep sensitivity to the questions and desires of the people he served.

Daniel shared several passages from Newman’s works and participants enjoyed the poetry and challenge of his thoughts. For many, it was an introduction to John Henry Newman and there was enthusiasm to read more. The night ended with questions and an affirmation of the invitation that Newman sets before us today, to discern God’s will and be ready to fulfil it. In other words, to walk the path of holiness.

There are a number of books in the Diocesan library, either written by John Henry Newman or about him. All are welcome to borrow these. The Library is open every week day 9am – 5pm and is located at IFM, 1-5 Marion Street, Blacktown.

The next lecture in IFM's 'For all the Saints' series will be held on 13 October and celebrates the canonisation of Blessed Mary MacKillop.

For more details, contact IFM on (02) 9831 4911 or email ifm@tpg.com.au.

See also www.instituteformission.com.au for more information. The lecture series is free, though bookings are essential, so call us on 9831 4911 or email us.



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