Dennis Brown | June 20, 2016
The University of Notre Dame has agreed to steward Newman University Church in Dublin, and to found there the Notre Dame–Newman Center for Faith and Reason. Built by the then-rector of University College Dublin, Blessed John Henry Newman, the church opened in 1856 and has since been an iconic landmark in Dublin’s city center and a testament to the harmony of faith and reason. Newman would later be named a cardinal of the Catholic Church, and was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.
In inviting Notre Dame to establish a Center for Faith and Reason in Dublin, the Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, archbishop of Dublin, said, “I see the establishment of the Notre Dame–Newman Center for Faith and Reason as an opportunity for University Church to return to its original vocation as a focal point for reflection on faith and reason.