Why a University?
St. John Henry Newman was a 19th century English convert to Catholicism. He became a priest after converting and was an influential writer, preacher, and theologian. He joined the Congregation of the Oratory founded by St. Philip Neri in Rome, and in England founded Oratories in both Birmingham and London. A few years after his death, a “Newman Club” was founded for Catholic students at the University of Pennsylvania and now there are many Newman Centers at public and private universities in the US. He was canonized on October 13, 2019.