Victorian Catholics: Penning the Grandeur of God 2011

The tenth annual Catholic Culture Literature series examines Victorian Catholic authors. John Henry Cardinal Newman, Gerard ManleyHopkins, the Ward family, and Oscar Wilde--all educated at Oxford University--were seen as subversive to the dominant culture of English academia because of theirconversions to Catholicism within overwhelmingly Anglican England. Their conversions were the product of deep soul-searching and intellectual reflection, and the power of their convictions and the eloquence with which they articulated their faith hasnourished the faith of countless others through their literary endeavors. These Victorian Catholics have contributed a treasure trove to Catholic culture, including poetry, novels, homilies, biographies, and philosophical and theological treatises, and the influence of their writings transcends their cultural milieu, influencing Catholic thought today. With these lectures, we hope to inspire Notre Dame undergraduate students to read and appreciate the work of these great Catholic luminaries as invaluable to their Catholic formation. 

"John Henry Cardinal Newman"
a lecture by Rev. Ian Ker
September 6, 2011

"Gerard Manley Hopkins"
a lecture by Ron Hansen
September 13, 2011


"The Ward Family"
a lecture by David Solomon
September 20, 2011

"Oscar Wilde"
a lecture by David O'Connor
September 27, 2011