About NINS

Learn more about The National Institute for Newman Studies and our team of experts.

History of the Institute

In 2000, the founder of the Venerable John Henry Newman Association (presently, the Newman Association of America), Fr. Vincent J. Giese, passed away, leaving behind an extensive Newman collection.

In 2002, Fr. Drew Morgan, C.O., and Mrs. Catharine M. Ryan – at the time board members of the VJHNA – began to formulate an idea that would allow Fr. Giese’s gift to bear abundant fruit. They envisioned a center where scholars could access Newman and Newman-related documents and materials. The Institute was conceived as a forum for exchanging ideas and discoveries about Newman’s thought and its continuing relevance. With the assistance of many generous and helpful friends they saw their idea grow into the National Institute for Newman Studies. The Giese collection was brought to Pittsburgh in 2002. Since that time the Institute has celebrated many accomplishments.

First Newman Scholar

The first Newman scholar was welcomed. Since then, dozens of scholars have come to the Institute, receiving substantial support to advance their research.



Newman Studies Journal

The Newman Studies Journal was established. Over 25 issues have been published since that time.

Digitization of Published Works

The digitizing of Newman's published works was initiated to create the Newman Knowledge Kiosk, hosted by Crivella West Inc. Collaboration with the University of Toronto, Saint Mary's College in Moraga, CA, Boston College and The Pittsburgh Oratory Library led to the achievement of this goal.



Gailliot Center for Newman Studies Opens

The Gailliot Center for Newman Studies opened. The center was built to accommodate the Newman Research Library, administrative offices and four residential suites for visiting scholars.

Duquesne University

The Institute established an affiliation with Duquesne University. This year also marked the creation of the Ryan Endowed Chair in Newman Studies.



Digitization of Handwritten Works

An agreement with the Birmingham Oratory initiated the digitization of Newman's handwritten manuscripts, located in their Newman Archive. The John Rylands Library of the University of Manchester was contracted to perform the digitization.

Growth of the Institute

The Institute renewed its affiliation with Duquesne University. The digitization of Newman's archive was completed, resulting in over 238,000 digital images. The Gailliot Award for Newman Studies was established.



Redesign of NSJ

The Newman Studies Journal underwent a redesign and entered a contract to be published by the Catholic University of America Press.

Growth of Digital Collections

The National Institute for Newman Studies (NINS) joined a growing community of the world’s leading research libraries and image repositories to embark on an effort to collaboratively share their resources and technology with the world. NINS began development of an ecosystem of cloud-based servers and applications that leverage the new International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) in order to give scholars an unprecedented level of uniform and rich access to their high-resolution image-based archives, metadata, and transcriptions.


About Blessed John Henry Newman

John Henry Newman stands as a giant in the fields of theology, philosophy, and education. Influencing many academic and spiritual disciplines, Newman's writings and his lifelong search for religious truth continue to inspire scholars throughout the world.

Newman started his public life as a fellow of Oriel College and, soon after, as Vicar of St. Mary the Virgin Church in Oxford, England. He was a leader of the Oxford Movement which began in 1833. A prominent member of the Church of England for the first half of his life, he converted to Roman Catholicism in 1845. Two years later, Newman founded the first English-speaking Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Birmingham, England. In 1851, Newman undertook the founding of the Catholic University of Ireland in Dublin. He was made a cardinal of the Catholic Church in 1879. His many scholarly works have remained a significant force.

Elizabeth H. Farnsworth

Elizabeth H. Farnsworth

Managing Editor, NSJ
Communications Coordinator

National Institute for Newman Studies

Elizabeth H. Farnsworth is the Managing Editor for the Newman Studies Journal. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia, a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from the University of Dayton, and is currently a doctoral candidate in theology also at the University of Dayton. Her research interests include the reception of Newman’s doctrine of revelation in nineteenth- and twentieth-century theology, the relationship between music and theology, ecumenical and inter-faith conversations, and the intersection of fundamental theology with Christian mysticism.
Regis Flaherty

Regis Flaherty

General Manager

National Institute for Newman Studies

Regis brings over forty years of experience in working with Catholic organizations to his position at NINS and has primary responsibility for the business aspects of the Institute. 
Regis Flaherty
Lawrence Gregory

Lawrence Gregory


National Institute for Newman Studies

Lawrence Gregory joined the NINS team as archivist in December 2016, working remotely from the Newman archives at the Birmingham Oratory, England. Born in Lancashire, England and educated at St Bede’s RC College, Manchester, Lawrence graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2017 with Masters Degree in Archival Science. He has many years of experience working in the records and archival profession, including fifteen years as assistant Archivist to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salford, UK, 2002-2017 and concurrently nine years as Corporate Records Manager at the Danwood Group Ltd 2007-2016. Lawrence is also a 19th century English Catholic historian with expertise in the Northern Dioceses, UK, and in particular the career of Cardinal Herbert Vaughan. He has published the first part of a trilogy on the history of his alma mater – St Bede’s College, Manchester.

As archivist, his role with NINS is to act as archival advisor, to catalogue and undertake research into the digitised Newman papers, ensuring correlation between the original physical archive and the new digital archive.

Ryan J. Marr

Ryan J. Marr


National Institute for Newman Studies

Ryan ("Bud") Marr has served as the Director of NINS and Associate Editor of the Newman Studies Journal since September of 2017. He is the author of To Be Perfect Is to Have Changed Often: The Development of John Henry Newman's Ecclesiological Outlook, 1845–1877 (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018), and has also contributed essays to Newman and Life in the Spirit (Fortress Press, 2014), Learning from All the Faithful (Pickwick, 2016), and The Oxford Handbook of John Henry Newman (Oxford University Press, 2018). Before moving to Pittsburgh, Dr. Marr taught for three years at Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, IA. His research interests include the life and writings of John Henry Newman, ecclesiology, and the reception of Vatican II. Bud, his wife Rachel, and their six children are learning to say “yinz” (2nd person plural) and have fully embraced pierogies as an essential component of a balanced diet.
Ryan J. Marr
Daniel T. Michaels, Ph.D.

Daniel T. Michaels

Chief Technology Officer

National Institute for Newman Studies

Dr. Daniel T. Michaels (“Danny”) is a seasoned executive leader with deep roots in educational technology, digital humanities, and executive leadership. Danny is the former CEO of KEYPOPPY, a technology consulting and application development provider for education, with expertise in digital humanities. Other recent roles include President of Trend Academic, an IT managed services provider for higher education; Vice President of Technology for Mongoose Metrics, a telephony software and attribution company; and CIO of Quincy University where he led the departments of Information Technology and Office of University Communications. Danny is the immediate past President of the Newman Foundation of Northern Ohio and board member on the Commission on the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition. He is also the immediate past Secretary of the College Theology Society.
Kenneth L. Parker

Kenneth L. Parker

Editor, Newman Studies Journal

Ryan Endowed Chair for Newman Studies
Duquesne University

Kenneth Parker completed his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge in 1984, under the direction of Professor Eamon Duffy. His research interest in John Henry Newman began during his post-doctoral studies at the University of Fribourg in the late 1980s. Dr. Parker has taught at the University of Alabama and Westmont College, and served in the historical theology Ph.D. program at Saint Louis University for twenty-five years. In 2014, the College of Arts and Sciences at SLU named him the Steber Professor in Theological Studies. While serving as interim executive director of the National Institute for Newman Studies in 2017, Professor Parker was invited to take up the Ryan Endowed Chair for Newman Studies at Duquesne University. He is the author or editor of seven volumes and numerous essays and articles. He has served as Editor of the Newman Studies Journal since 2016.

Kenneth L. Parker