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Week of Jan 17 - Jan 24

Greetings, fellow Newmanites!

Happy New Year! I hope you had restful Christmas before your return to school and work!
Unfortunately, the Newman Centre will be closed until further notice. The Centre will continue to monitor provincial and campus guidelines to determine when it will reopen. As such, we have suspended all in-person activities, including spiritual activities such as Mass.
However, the NCSS will be looking to host online events for the student body during this period of time. Please keep an eye out for our activities! Thank you!

The following are the announcements from the Newman Centre and the Newman Catholic Students' Society for the upcoming week(s). Please don't hesitate to reply to this email for more information on the events!

— Belle

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Please note that the Mass schedule is subject to change based on restrictions/regulations established by
McGill University, and the Provincial and Federal Government.

Activities from the NCSS

Winter 2022 NCSS Executive Elections

The Winter 2022 NCSS Executive Elections are now open! Voting will be available from January 19 to January 26 at the following link:

For more information on each of our candidates, please see our Facebook page.

Multi-Lingual Rosary

Every Wednesday, 6 PM

Come join the NCSS in praying the Rosary! This event is both scriptural and multi-lingual - if you have a language you prefer to pray in, you are encouraged to do so! Note that you also have the option of leading a decade of the Rosary in your preferred language 😃 Everyone is welcome! Hope to see you there ❤
Facebook event:

"The Chosen" Watch Party

Every Friday, 6:30 PM

Did you know you can binge-watch The Gospels? Join us on Friday nights at 6:30pm to watch "The Chosen"! "The Chosen" is a tv series that tells the story of Jesus, His ministry, and the stories of His followers. With millions of fans around the world, The Chosen is the most successful, solely-crowd funded show. Watch the trailer here:
This event is super chill. Come watch, we'll chat, and grow together in our Faith! Open to both Catholics and non-Catholics alike. 🙂

Facebook event:

Activities from the Newman Centre

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Program

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Looking to learn more about what Catholics believe? Consider participating in our year-long RCIA program! Contact Raj at for details.

The Global Compact on Education: Exploring challenges and calls to build an integral education, Ona B. Bessette, CND [2022 Marguerite Bourgeoys Lecture on Education]


Friday, February 11, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University
Also offered online:

The Newman Centre, in collaboration with the Newman Institute of Catholic Studies presents the 2022 Marguerite Bourgeoys Lecture on Education. This lecture is a public lecture, and will take place on the main hall of the Newman Centre. All are welcome. The event will be recorded and uploaded as a video on YouTube. You may tune in by Zoom also.

In September 2019, Pope Francis announced the Global Compact on Education in order to rekindle dedication for and with young people to renew passion for a more open and inclusive education characterized by patient listening, constructive dialogue and better mutual understanding. He invited everyone to unite their efforts in a broad educational alliance to form mature individuals capable of overcoming division and antagonism and to restore the fabric of relationships for the sake of a more fraternal humanity.

Speaker Bio

Sister Ona Bessette has been a member of the Congregation de Notre Dame since 1982. Born in Waterbury, Connecticut, USA, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT. She holds a Masters of Arts degree in Education from the University of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, AZ and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Administration and Supervision from Fordham University in New York City. In her doctoral dissertation, Dancing at the Crossroads: Liberating Latina Adolescent Voice, she explored the development of a pedagogy for the mutual education of Latina girls and their teachers founded on Paulo Freire’s concepts of liberating education and the spirituality of the Visitation, which are central to the charism of the Congregation de Note Dame.

For nearly thirty years, Sister Ona was a science teacher and administrator in the schools of the Congregation. In 2010, she became the Director of Educational Services for the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers of North America, a position she held for six years. During this time, she worked with educators and students across the United States, in Australia, Ireland, India, Africa and South America.

In 2016, she became a member of the General Council of the Congregation in Montreal and was elected Congregational Leader in 2021.

The History of the Marguerite Bourgeoys Lecture 

The Marguerite Bourgeoys Lecture on Education was inaugurated in 2003 as part of the Newman Centre’s annual cycle of academic lectures. It pays tribute to St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, the seventeenth-century woman pioneer of Canadian education, who was instrumental in the establishment of the colony that would become Montreal. 

The purpose of the Marguerite Bourgeoys lectures is to explore educational theories and practices in the modern world in the light of Catholic doctrine, ethics, and theologically-derived understandings of the human person. They also aim to explore the important legal and social relationships between religious freedom and faith-based education as they are affected by various forms of secularism in the Western world. 

An academic committee oversees the selection of speakers and ensures that the lectures continue to give voice to important concerns facing the future of Catholic education both in Canada and abroad. 

Since their inception, the lectures have been generously sponsored by the Congregation of Notre Dame, the religious order founded by St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, which has a long and distinguished place in the history of Canadian education. 

Select Past Lectures: 

  • Monsignor Richard M. Liddy, “Conversion, the Intellect and Education”

  • John Haldane, FRSE, “Making Meaning Visible: Catholic Education, Human Nature, and Contemporary Culture”

  • Spencer Boudreau, “Minding the Gap in Catholic Education”Tracey Rowland, “Catholic Education and the Bureaucratization of Grace”

  • Helen Raham, “Educational Pluralism in Canada”

  • Rex Murphy, “Education and the Media”

  • Brian Stewart, “On the Front Lines: Choosing to Make a Difference”

  • Lorraine Caza, CND “Facing New Frontiers: Challenges for Educators”

  • Charles Taylor and Rowan Williams, “Problematizing Religious Diversity in A Secular Age”

‘Education in the large sense of the word’: Newman’s idea of human flourishing at university [Newman Lecture 2022]


Friday, March 25, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Zoom link:

This is an open lecture. All are welcome to join!

Summary: Why should we listen to Newman? What has he got to say to today’s students at the Newman Centre? Newman’s educational classic The Idea of a University is widely recognized as the most influential book written on the nature and purpose of a university education. But most readers are unaware that Newman set up a university in Dublin, Ireland, almost single-handedly, that he acted as its first rector, and that he ran one of the collegiate houses that were emblematic of his pastoral approach to education. His rich idea of residential life fills out the strict idea of a university and helps to create the ideal conditions for genuine human flourishing.

Bio: Paul Shrimpton gained his BA and MA from Balliol College, Oxford, and has taught at Magdalen College School, Oxford, since 1981, other than for four years, when he worked in London. He began researching the educational ideas of John Henry Newman in 1990 and in 2000 completed his PhD, which he published as A Catholic Eton? Newman’s Oratory School (2005). He has also undertaken extensive archival research on Newman's practical contribution to university education, which was published as The ‘Making of Men’: the Idea and Reality of Newman’s University in Oxford and Dublin (2014). He has given talks and papers on Newman and education, as well as on Newman and the laity. His Conscience before Conformity: Hans and Sophie Scholl and the White Rose resistance in Nazi Germany, appeared in February 2018 on the 75th anniversary of the White Rose trials and executions. His critical edition of Newman's university papers, My Campaign in Ireland, Part I appeared last May; Part II will appear in spring 2021.

‘What do we live for?’ A public lecture by Anselm Mueller


Thursday, March 31, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University
Also offered online:

This is a public lecture and is therefore open to everyone. It will take place at the main hall of the Newman Centre of McGill University (first floor). All are welcome! A social will follow after the lecture.

The event will be streamed also via Zoom!

Anselm Mueller is Professor Emeritus, University of Trier, and a Visiting Professor with the project "Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life". A student of Elizabeth Anscombe and Anthony Kenny at Oxford in the early sixties, Professor Müller has taught philosophy at Oxford University, Australian National University, University of Trier, University of Luxemborg, and Keimyung University. He has written many books and articles in the following areas: ethics, rationality, action theory, philosophy of mind, and the history of philosophy.


Other Announcements

Mass Schedule

Unfortunately, the Newman Centre will be closed until further notice. The Centre will continue to monitor provincial and campus guidelines to determine when it will reopen. As such, we have suspended all in-person activities, including spiritual activities such as Mass.

Centre Hours

The Newman Centre is open weekdays from 10:00AM-5:00PM (extended hours on some days) and on weekends during scheduled events such as Mass.

Parking at Newman

Parking spaces are reserved for staff, all others by permission only. Fees apply. See a member of staff before parking. Unidentified vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense.
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