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‘John Henry Newman: Influences and Legacies’

  • St Margaret’s Church Saint Margaret Street London, England, SW1P United Kingdom (map)

One-day symposium: ‘John Henry Newman: Influences and Legacies’

In collaboration with St Mary’s University, Twickenham

Westminster Abbey, in collaboration with St Mary’s University, Twickenham, will celebrate the canonisation of John Henry Newman with a symposium exploring Newman’s influences and legacies on Friday 18th October at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster.


The event will bring together leading theologians and historians including keynote speakers Judith Champ, Eamon Duffy, Jane Garnett, Ben King, and Roderick Strange. Panellists will include Jeremy Morris, Peter Nockles, Jacob Phillips, and Angela Tilby.

The symposium will consider questions including:

  • How did Newman’s scholarly Anglican formation shape his mature theological insights?

  • What made him a distinctive Catholic theologian of the nineteenth century?

  • What implications might Newman’s work on the relationship between tradition and development have to say to the contemporary Christian world?

  • How should we continue to harvest the fruits of Newman’s exceptional scholarship and insight? 

The Reverend Dr Jamie Hawkey, Canon Theologian, Westminster Abbey said: “One of the most distinguished and influential figures of the nineteenth century, John Henry Newman’s wide-ranging work on topics including faith, revelation, the development of doctrine, the nature of the Church, and the role of conscience continues to be influential across and highly relevant for the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion.

The occasion of his canonisation prompts us to consider how the Church continues to draw upon Newman’s insights, and encourages us to develop his thinking in ways which are both faithful and creative to meet confidently the challenges of the twenty-first century.

“During this period of celebration and reflection for Catholics and Anglicans alike, Westminster Abbey is delighted to host this opportunity for study and debate in collaboration with St Mary’s University, Twickenham.”

Choral Evensong sung jointly by the Choirs of Westminster Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, in Westminster Abbey, follows the symposium at 5.00 pm.

Tickets (free) are available from Eventbrite

Earlier Event: October 17
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Later Event: October 18
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