The Newman Association is a national organisation whose members meet regularly in local “circles” to discuss and develop their understanding of the Christian faith. The Association was founded in 1942, with a formal constitution registered in 1947. The Association takes its name from Cardinal (now the Blessed) 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. 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.
The Hertfordshire Circle of the Newman Association is one of the most active circles in the country. We arrange regular meetings during the period from September to June each year in a programme of talks and discussions around topical Catholic matters such as the recent exhortations by Pope Francis. Many of the meetings are in parishes in or around St Albans although a couple of events each year are in this parish. We organise joint events with St Albans Cathedral Study Centre and the University of Hertfordshire. We also have an active social calendar with pub lunches, a musical evening and a garden party. All are invited to our meetings. If you would like to know more please contact Susan on 07962 868028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org