Newman Association

19 Oct, 2019

John Henry Newman (1801-1890) who wanted an “intelligent, well-instructed laity”

The Newman Association is a national organisation whose members meet regularly in local ‘circles’ to discuss and develop their understanding of the Christian faith. Most members are (Roman) Catholic, but baptised Christians of other traditions are warmly welcome as Associate Members. The Association was founded in 1942, with a formal constitution registered in 1947. The original aim was to answer the needs of Catholic graduates but is now open to all Christians who seek to promote the aim of an educated laity. The Association takes its name from St. 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.


The Cleveland Newman Circle

The Cleveland Newman Circle straddles the two Dioceses; Hexham and Newcastle and Middlesbrough, ranging from the southern parishes of Hexham and Newcastle Diocese to North Yorkshire.

Meetings are held in Cathedral Hall, Middlesbrough TS8 0TW with Tea/Coffee from 7.30 pm and the talk starting at 7.45 pm. They usually consist of six open speaker meetings between September and April; plus any other meetings/events that may occur.


Find more about our local Newman Association circle on their website or download this year Cleveland Newman Association Programme:


Cleveland Newman Association Events

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