St. John Henry Newman
On Tuesday 22nd May and Friday 19th May we hosted two online conversations on St. John Henry Newman with New Scholar and Biographer, Dermot Mansfield SJ.
Here follow two half-hour video presentations by Fr. Dermot.
Video 1: The Life and Spirituality of John Henry Newman
Video 2: Newman’s relevance to our lives today
Dermot Mansfield SJ
Dermot was born in Cobh, Co. Cork in 1946, spent many of his school years in Portarlington, Co. Laois and joined the Jesuit Novitiate in Emo, Co. Laois in 1963.
As a university student in UCD he had a particular interest in history, spirituality and the theological vistas opened up by Vatican II (1962-65). Following ordination to the priesthood in 1976 he pursued further theological studies at Regis College, Toronto, where he submitted a dissertation on the Anglican sermons of John Henry Newman to fulfill requirements for the Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL).
Most of Dermot’s priestly ministry has been in the field of spirituality, initially in the former Jesuit Retreat Centre, Rahan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, and subsequently at Manresa Jesuit Spirituality Centre, Dollymount, Dublin and St. Beuno’s Jesuit Retreat Centre, Denbighshire, North Wales.
Since 1985 he has also been involved in both promoting and leading weeks of guided prayer in parishes and since 2007 he has served as an Assistant Pastor in Dollymount Parish and more recently, Gardner St. Parish in Dublin City Centre.
In 2010 Dermot published Heart Speaks to Heart: The Story of Blessed John Henry Newman (Veritas, Dublin) and in 2014 he brought out a booklet, Praying with St Ignatius and Pope Francis (CTS, London).
Papal Quotations Regarding Newman
‘… a man of gentle scholarship, deep wisdom and profound love for the Lord.’ – Pope Benedict XVI on the occasion of Newman’s beatification, 18th Sept. 2010.
‘ … an outstanding defender of the rights of conscience.’ – Saint Pope John Paul II in his 1993 Encyclical Letter, Veritatis Splendor (The Splendour of Truth).
“The Christian has a deep, silent, hidden peace, which the world sees not… The Christian is cheerful, easy, kind, gentle, courteous, candid, unassuming; has no pretense… with so little that is unusual or striking in his bearing, that he may easily be taken at first sight for an ordinary man.”
– quotation from Newman’s writings quoted by Pope Francis on the occasion of Newman’s canonisation, 13th October 2019.
Mansfield SJ, Dermot.
Heart Speaks to Heart The Story of Blessed John Henry Newman
Veritas, Dublin, 2011.
A Perfect Peace – Newman a saint for our time
Veritas, Dublin 2019
Norris, Thomas J.
Cardinal Newman for Today
New City Press, New York, 2010.