The Newman Institute of Catholic Studies (NICS) is an association of scholars and affiliated colleagues whose primary objective is to support the Catholic Studies program at McGill University and the Kennedy Smith Chair of Catholic Studies. The Institute also endeavours to initiate and enhance Catholic academic engagement across a range of disciplines and with other religious traditions.
The work of the Institute takes its inspiration from John Henry Newman’s discerning intellectual exploration of the relationship of faith to the university and modern culture. It organizes and manages programs of education and research, including conferences, public lectures, and publishing in keeping with its objectives.
The Institute works in association with McGill University and the Newman Association of Montreal Inc., where it is headquartered. Scholars may be appointed to the Institute upon invitation by its Board of Directors.