Thanks to the skill of Father Nicholas Gregoris, the publication in English translation of Giovanni Velocci’s important work Prayer in Newman will bring before a wider audience a significant study. In a few pages are drawn together from Newman’s sermons and meditations, both Anglican and Catholic, his reflections on the life of prayer. Moreover, this little work reveals Newman himself to be a masterful teacher of the art of prayer and - most important - to be essentially a man of prayer. In Father Velocci’s memorable phrase, “prayer became the preferred occupation of Newman.”
The Reverend Nicholas L. Gregoris, a member of the Priestly Society of the Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, holds a bachelor’s degree in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University and a licentiate and doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Theological Faculty of the Marianum in Rome. He is the author of many articles, as well as “The Daughter of Eve Unfallen”: Mary in the Theology and Spirituality of John Henry Newman (Newman House Press).