The final lecture, on 14 December, will focus on ‘Newman and Friendship’. It will be given by by Fr Daniel Seward, CO, the Parish Priest of the Oxford Oratory. He was born in Ndola, Zambia and educated at Trinity College Oxford, Blackfriars in Oxford and the Angelicum in Rome. He was ordained in 2001.
Throughout his life, John Henry Newman’s principle influence on others was always through friendship – as he expressed in his motto as a Cardinal: “Cor ad cor loquitur” – “Heart speaks to heart”. His final sermon as an Anglican was called “The Parting of Friends”, but friendship continued to be a key part of his life and vocation as an Oratorian, where Newman imitated the founder St Philip Neri’s example of forming close friendships as a way of doing good for souls.