The Newman Forum

A project of the Lumen Christi Institute

Forming high school students in the Catholic intellectual tradition since February 2019. Asking big questions. Preparing future leaders. Integrating intellectual and spiritual life.

Want to learn college-level philosophy and theology? Investigate and discuss truth, beauty, and goodness? Go to Six Flags and discover the Catholic history of Chicago? Then apply below!

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What people are saying…

The Newman Forum brings an exceptional and unique opportunity to high school students who want to grow in their appreciation of the Catholic faith and our rich intellectual tradition. During my participation in the Forum’s conference in 2019, I was reminded of my own UChicago undergraduate training that always underscored the value of integrating all branches of knowledge. Now, as Rector of Mundelein Seminary, I am excited that we are able to collaborate with the Newman Forum to lend the support of the Archdiocese of Chicago to the formation of the next generation of Catholic thinkers and leaders. The students participating in these programs will deepen their own spirituality, will help evangelize their peers, and will certainly enrich both the present and the future of the Church.

― Very Rev. John Kartje,
Rector, Mundelein Seminary

“In co-sponsoring the Newman Forum, I am proud to continue the longstanding collaboration between Lumen Christi and the Archdiocese of Chicago, as we now bring the riches of the Catholic intellectual life to our high school students. This is a unique opportunity for them to interact with and be formed by excellent university scholars and their own peers, but also to pray and be open to the light that Jesus wants to shine upon them. It is a blessing for Chicago.

― Fr. Tim Monahan
Vocations Director, Archdiocese of Chicago

Our Success:


Since 2019, we’ve engaged with 1187 high school students from Chicagoland and beyond


US states (and Canadian provinces!) reached via online and in-person programming


Countries represented at online programming


Of students say the Newman Forum helps them better recognize philosophy and theology in their everyday lives

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About Us

The Newman Forum introduces high schools students to the Catholic intellectual tradition.

Through online and in-person programming, teens are given a vision of mature faith informed by intellectual inquiry.

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1220 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL