Newman Lectures

The 2013-2014 Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman Lecture Series

Hope: A Bridge Beyond

Depending on the way it faces challenges, society will either be animated by hope or plagued by despair. Because these challenges intimately touch each of us and impact our unique vocations to protect the vulnerable, each family will also be either animated by hope or plagued by despair.

Hope is rooted in relationships. As a multidimensional phenomenon, it is manifest in our emotions and attitudes as well as in our thoughts and desires about the arduous journey needed to attain its object.

Not every sort of hope is equally effective in overcoming difficulty, however.

Secularized visions motivate us only dimly. Christian hope, on the contrary, provides clarity about the meaning of the goals and the help for the journey, since it is rooted in faith and charity.

Such a purposeful vision of mankind, reality, and God makes it possible to live differently, even to the point of total self-gift.

The 2013-2014 Blessed Newman Lecture Series is an interdisciplinary conversation about the difference that Christian hope makes in building a bridge beyond: rooted in the past, clear-eyed about the present, and reaching towards the future.

Listen to Pres. Fr. Sikorsky discuss this year’s series with Guadalupe Radio here.


Hope in Groups: Insights from Group Psychotherapy 
September 19, 2013
Philip Scrofani, Ph.D., ABPP, Associate Professor and Clinical Psychologist at IPS, Arlington

The Role of Hope in the Health of the Body and Soul
November 14, 2013
Aaron Kheriaty, M.D., Psychiatrist and Director of Residency Training and Medical Education in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine

Looking for Happiness: Hope in the Christian Life 
January 16, 2014
Gabriel O’Donnell, O.P., S.Th.D., Professor of Theology and Dean Emeritus at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C.

The Phenomena of Hope: Philosophical Reflections on Developmental Psychology and Catholic Social Teaching
March 13th, 2014
Graham McAleer, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy at University of Loyola, Baltimore

Hope and the Happy Ending
April 10th, 2014
John Bartunek, L.C., S.Th.D., Doctor in Moral Theology

The Secret to Happiness: Hope and Free Enterprise
May 1, 2014
Arthur Brooks, Ph.D.,  President of the American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C.


NEW THIS YEAR!   Lectures will be held across the street from IPS at the Radisson Hotel (2020 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, VA  22202). A sign in the lobby will direct you.

Complimentary parking for guests is located in the adjacent garage on Jefferson Davis Hwy.

 Each lecture begins at 5:00 p.m. followed by a 15-minute Q&A session. Afterwards, guests are invited to attend a complimentary wine and cheese reception at 6:15 p.m. on the first floor of the IPS campus (2001 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, VA, 22202).

Walking directions from the Radisson Hotel to IPS: walk across at the light on 20th Street South and Jefferson Davis Hwy. Turn right and walk one block to 2001 Jefferson Davis Hwy. 


There is no charge to attend the Newman Lectures however donations are greatly appreciated. To make reservations, please RSVP below  or contact Nancy Flynn at or call 703.416.1441 ext. 127.

To learn more about the Blessed Newman Lecture Series, click here.

For a list of this past year’s lectures, click here.


Newman Lecture RSVP

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You’re Invited – Special After-Lecture Party
As an addition to our Newman Lectures this fall, there will be an “after-lecture party”, perfect for perspective students or for anyone who may be interested in learning more about the overall mission and vision of IPS.    Guests can submit a special RSVP and then stay a little longer after both the lecture and wine and cheese reception to learn more about IPS. Click here for more information on attending the IPS “After-Lecture-Party.”