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Week of Oct 17 - Oct 24

Greetings, fellow Newmanites!

The following are the announcements from the Newman Centre and the Newman Catholic Students' Society for the upcoming week(s). Please be sure to sign up for our various programs for the school year, including RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

— Belle

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This Week from the NCSS This Week from the Newman Centre   Other Announcements including our updated Mass schedule!
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

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:

Murder Mystery

Saturday, October 30, 6:30 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University
It is a Fall evening in the 19th century, the night is clear and crisp with the anticipation of a party, and murder is in the air…
Come join the NCSS our annual Murder Mystery Night on October 30 at 6:30 PM. For $5, snacks will be served, fun will be had, and a story will be unraveled as the night deepens.
Please sign up with the link below to receive your assigned character for the evening - please note that you MUST sign up by Tuesday, Oct. 26th to participate!
Everyone is welcome to attend this event! ❤
Vaccine proof: As per regulations, the NCSS will be asking for proof of double vaccinations at the door. We apologize for any inconveniences that this may cause, and hope that we can still welcome as many of you as possible
Accessibility: Unfortunately, the Newman Centre has many stairs. Please let us know if you have any accessibility concerns and we will try our very best to make arrangements.

For more information, visit our Facebook event page!

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.

Bible Study & Dinner
[McGill Christian Dental and Medical Association]

Monday, October 18, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

This event is hosted by the McGill Christian Dental and Medical Association

This Monday, we will be meeting for a home-made dinner and a Bible study at the Newman Center on the McGill campus. Let us take some of the weight off your grocery bill and come be encouraged by the truths in the Bible. It's also a perfect time to meet other Christians in your field or hear more about Jesus if you're curious.
Feel free to come for as long or short as you're able. All students are welcome!
Bring your Bible if you have one.

Let us know if you can make it and if you have any allergies:

Prayer with the Bible [ICON]

Every Thursday, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

St. Cyril Coptic Orthodox Association (ICON) of McGill University

ICON is a Christian club. We have around 20 regular attendees. Our purpose is to offer a religious group on campus and to create a community that is friendly and welcoming to everyone. We encourage people to share opinions about their faith and develop enlightening discussions. We hope that through this, people learn more about the Christian faith, if they wish to do so. Meetings take place at a weekly basis in the Newman Center. We offer various kinds of activities throughout the semester that are both spiritual and secular as well.

'Praying with(out) Images: Devotion to Icons and the Practice of the Jesus Prayer in Eastern Christian Spirituality', Dr. Brian Butcher

Tuesday, October 19, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

This is a talk open to everyone. Presentation to be followed by Vespers (sung evening prayer) in the Byzantine Rite.

Brian A. Butcher arrives at McGill as Adjunct Professor after three years of teaching in the Toronto School of Theology, where he remains a Fellow of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptysky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies. From 2011-2017, he taught courses at Saint Paul University in Ottawa in both Eastern and Western Christian traditions. As Adjunct Professor of Catholic Studies, Dr. Butcher will bring to the School of Religious Studies expertise in Eastern (-Rite) Catholicism and comparative liturgy; his research interests include sacred music, patristics, philosophical hermeneutics and interreligious dialogue.

Theology on Tap: Angels and Demons

Friday, October 22, 6:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

This first TOT event will focus on a Thomistic analysis on these mysterious, and, purely spiritual beings: angels and demons. We will lay a solid foundation by an in-depth study of angels in general in order to properly understand the differences between angels and demons, and, their particular mission as servants of God or slaves of the devil.

'Augustine's Theology of Creation: Nature, Knowledge, Stewardship' [Virtual only]
Dr. Matthew Knotts, Dr. Sean Hannan

Wednesday, October 27, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

This is a talk open to everyone. This is a VIRTUAL event only.

Summary: This presentation demonstrates the importance of Augustine’s theology of creation for contemporary theological approaches to the natural world. Augustine’s understanding of creation, grounded in his exegesis of Genesis and John, provides a distinctive picture of what nature is. Augustine understands creation as accomplished by God the Father through the Son, or in sapientia. This implies that the divine life is infused into the natural order. In virtue of being created in the image of God, the human person is capable of perceiving the divine signa latent in nature. Augustine believes that one can speak with God through the medium of the natural world. To accomplish this one’s heart must be converted to be able to listen to God. The dialogue with nature reveals our finitude, a fact which, interpreted positively, means we stand in a particular relationship to the rest of creation. In the final part, I show how Augustine’s theology provides a basis for understanding key insights of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’, in particular the importance of the stewardship model for our relationship to the natural world.

About: Matthew W. Knotts teaches Theology at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois. He holds a PhD in Theology from the University of Leuven (Belgium) and a Master’s in Philosophy from the University of St Andrews (UK). While completing his doctoral studies, he performed research stays at the University of Chicago Divinity School and in Melbourne at the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry of the Australian Catholic University. His first book, On Creation, Science, Disenchantment and the Contours of Being and Knowing, was published in 2020 by Bloomsbury Academic in the Reading Augustine series. On the basis of an historical analysis of Augustine and a hermeneutical engagement with sources in contemporary philosophy and theology, it argues for an understanding of the world as not merely a collection of facts to be catalogued but a repository of truths to be discovered and discerned. He is currently working on his second book for the same series, which considers the abyssal nature and dialectical constitution of the human person according to Augustine. His scholarship has also appeared in the Augustinus-LexikonPhilosophy & Theology, and Studia Patristica, among others.

Dr. Sean Hannan is an Associate Professor in the Humanities Department at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is the author of On Time, Change, History, and Conversion (Bloomsbury, 2020) and (with W. Ezekiel Goggin) Mysticism & Materialism in the Wake of German Idealism (forthcoming with Routledge). He has also written articles published in Augustinian Studies, Political Theology, and the Journal of Early Christian Studies. Most recently, he has overseen the publication of an edited volume simply called Augustine & Time (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021).

Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Newman Centre

Friday, October 29, 5:15 PM - 8:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

All students and McGill student groups are invited to participate in our Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Newman Centre. Please bring your own pumpkin. Tools will be provided. For more information, contact Maya Clubine,

All Saints' Day Mass

Monday, November 1, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

Join us in prayer for the Feast of All Saint's’ Day at the Newman Centre Chapel. This year we will pray particularly for the repose of all who have passed away and continue to suffer due to the ongoing pandemic.

'Justice and Personhood: the Revolutionary Catholic Defense of Human Dignity in the 21st Century' [2021 Claude Ryan Lecture]
Dr. Piotr H. Koscki


Friday, November 5, 5:00 PM -  6:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

This named lecture is open to everyone. It will take place at the Newman Centre of McGill University, 3484 Peel Street [main hall].

Speaker bio: Piotr H. Kosicki specializes in the transnational history of modern Europe -- East and West -- and its global implications. He focuses particularly on religion (especially Roman Catholicism), politics, historical memory, and the entangled history of ideas and activist networks. Trained as a historian of both Poland and France, Prof. Kosicki has also written on Belgium, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland, with strong research interests extending to Czech, Hungarian, and Russian history. Recipient of a Ph.D. in History from Princeton University, Professor Kosicki has won Fulbright, Chateaubriand, ACLS/Mellon New Faculty, and Hoover National Fellowships, as well as multiple Title VIII grants from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and research grants from the German Historical Institute in Warsaw. He serves on the Advisory Board of H-CATHOLIC, the Board of the Polish Studies Association, and the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung's CIVITAS Project.

About the Claude Ryan Lecture on Catholic Social Thought: the lecture was instituted in 2004 as one of the major lectures of The Newman Centre of McGill University., named in honour of the late Claude Ryan (1925-2004). The lecture aims to tackle questions at the crossroads of politics and theology, an area of deep and abiding interest to Mr. Ryan. Mr. Ryan found a home for his classes at the Newman Centre, where he became actively involved in various teaching initiatives, offering courses on John Henry Newman and Catholic Social Thought.

Bio/image source: Piotr Kosicki | Department of History (

Student Pilgrimage in the Year of Saint Joseph


Friday, November 5, 5:30 PM - Sunday, November 7, 6:30 PM

Join our friends from various chaplaincies across Ontario for a student pilgrimage in Montreal. If interested, please contact Maya Clubine:

Pilgrimage to Saint Joseph's Oratory


Sunday, November 7, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for a fall Pilgrimage to St. Joseph’s Oratory. Students will depart from the Newman Centre at 9am. Once at the Oratory, students will have the opportunity to tour the grounds, attend 11am Mass in the Basilica, and enjoy lunch together.

Rain date: November 14th

Contact: Maya Clubine,\
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Remembrance Day Mass


Thursday, November 11, 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

Join us for a special Mass for Remembrance Day.

Ladies Afternoon Tea & Boutique


Saturday, November 13, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

All are welcome to our Ladies’ Clothing Exchange and afternoon tea. This is a great opportunity to clean out your wardrobe, give back to women in need, and to meet other members of our community. The afternoon will include a pay-what-you-can boutique, afternoon tea & treats, live music, and lovely conversation.

Clothing donations will be due by November 2nd

Contact: Maya Clubine,
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"The Platonic Contemplation in the Roman Triptych by John Paul II" by Professor Mateusz Stróżyński


Friday, November 19, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

This event is VIRTUAL ONLY. All are welcome! Link:

Roman Triptych: Meditations is the last poetic work by Karol Wojtyła, John Paul II (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2003, transl. J. Peterkiewicz). I will argue that it is, essentially, a contemplative poem, comparable to the early mystical poetry written by Wojtyła during WWII and published anonymously. However, the poetic character has drastically changed, since the Roman Triptych is not a subjective, imaginatively rich description of the experience of the mystical prayer in the vein of John of the Cross, like Wojtyła's early Song of the Hidden God, but the Triptych, in its simplicity bordering on naivete, does not appear to concern the contemplative experience at all. I will show that not only is the Triptych deeply embedded in the tradition of contemplative poetry, but also that it is essentially a poem expressing the Platonic, philosophical model of contemplation and, in particular, the Augustinian meditative tradition.

The English translation of the poem is available here:

Bio: Mateusz Stróżyński is a classical philologist, philosopher, psychologist and psychotherapist, currently working as an associate professor in the Institute of Classical Philology of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. Since January I'm also the Director of the Institute. I'm interested primarily in the Platonic tradition (spiritual exercises, contemplation, mysticism, psychoanalysis, and myth).

‘Communicating the Faith in a Digital World' Marybel Mayorga, Catholic Archdiocese of Montreal


Friday, November 26, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

This is a talk open to everyone. It will take place at the Newman Centre of McGill University, 3484 Peel Street [main hall].

Summary of presentation: The Catholic Church is living in a digital age. It considers it necessary to improve its communications and offer spiritual education through online platforms, such as social  media and mobile applications. The recent covid-19 crisis has led to an increased sense of urgency to address the question of how the Church should be present online and adequately respond to people’s spiritual needs. The Church considers it necessary to learn effective communication methods, ensuring a social media presence that bears witness to the “style” of the Gospel.

Speaker’s bio: Marybel Mayorga has been in the artistic world for 15 years. A graduate of UQAM and UDEM in Communications - Public Relations, she has worked on stage with many artists. In 2009, she had the pleasure of working during the shooting of the American film Camp Rock 2 alongside the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato. Shortly afterwards, she was invited to Switzerland to participate in a tribute event for Michael Jackson. She also participated as a dancer for the European tour with Véronic Dicaire. She then managed to secure first roles as an actress on TVA and Radio Canada for 3 years in Auberge du chien Noir and Toute la vérité. With a specialization in journalism, she had the opportunity to work as an anchor for Météo Média (Weather Network) in the city of Montreal and for Sel et Lumière Média, a Montreal-based catholic tv channel. After being selected by the Dicastery of Communication at the Vatican to participate in the project called : Faith communication in the digital world, Marybel will share her experience at the Vatican, future projects and tools to communicate our faith well in the Digital World.

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‘Waiting in Hope, Longing for the Word: What can the Pandemic Teach us about Advent?', Rev. Dr. Anthony Atansi, Newman Centre of McGill University


Wednesday, December 1, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

This is a talk open to everyone. It will take place at the Newman Centre of McGill University, 3484 Peel Street [main hall].

About the speaker: Father Anthony Chukwuemeka Atansi is a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Awka, Nigeria. He obtained a Doctor of Sacred Theology (Ph.D. and S.T.D) in 2020, with the greatest distinction, from KU Leuven, Belgium. His doctoral dissertation is entitled "Christ, the Image of Social Transformation: Towards a Transformative Christology in the African Context". He was a Research Fellow at the Centre for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology of DePaul University, Chicago, USA. He brings to Newman years of pastoral and academic experience in Nigeria, Belgium and United States of America. Email:

Christmas Decorations


Friday, December 3, 5:15 PM - 8:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

Join us for our Christmas decoration! All are welcome.

Church & Coffee Crawl: Notre-Dame Basilica (Old Port)


Sunday, December 5, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

Notre Dame Basilica @ 9am followed by a trip to a local coffee shop

Students who wish to travel together can meet at the Newman Centre at 8:00am. All are welcome! Facebook event:


Other Announcements

Mass Schedule

Subject to change according to restrictions placed by the University and Quebec

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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