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New British Catholic College Inspired by Blessed John Henry Newman

A new Catholic college in England that is inspired by the writings of Blessed John Henry Newman, and will be offering its first course this summer, is seeking to change the face of higher education in Europe, according to the Catholic News Agency.

“No one’s tried to do anything like this in the UK before,” Dr. Clare Hornsby, a co-founder of Benedictus College, reportedly said.

Recalling the visit of Benedict XVI to England in 2010 for the beatification of the now-blessed John Henry Newman, Dr. Hornsby revealed that the occasion was a key inspiration for starting the initiative.

In his work “The Idea of a University,” Newman envisioned exactly this style of an “education that educates the whole person,” Hornsby observed, adding that “Newman,” as a Catholic, “was hoping to create this type of university.”

During the courses, Hornsby noted that philosophy will be used “as a way to learn how to think,” as well as to “create a complete picture” of education so that the students will be turned “into whole inquiring minds.”

Hornsby reportedly said the College will offer special emphases on philosophy, theology and the fine arts.  She added that the College will “bring together the text approach” with hands on experience.

This summer, Benedictus, which is still in the process of receiving accreditation, will be offering its first course, a two week tutor-course entitled “Foundational Aspects of European Culture.”

Up to 15 students will reportedly seek to discuss “important thematic connections” in classic works of history, art, philosophy and theology.

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