Elizabeth H. Farnsworth

Doctoral Candidate


Email: Elizabeth Farnsworth
Phone: 412-681-4375, ext. 102

National Institute for Newman Studies, Pittsburgh, PA


Elizabeth Farnsworth is a doctoral candidate in theology interested in the 19th and 20th century Roman Catholic modernist crisis. In particular, she is interested in understanding how the doctrine of revelation was central to many of the debates. Included in this task is to recover distinctly British voices, such as Wilfrid Ward (1856-1916), who contributed greatly to the theological conversation. This research pursuit began with the study of the work of John Henry Newman, who in many ways is central to her present work.

Additionally, Farnsworth is interested in the relationship between music and theology, ecumenical and inter-faith dialogues, as well as spirituality and mysticism. 

Elizabeth currently works at the National Institute for Newman Studies as the Managing Editor for the Newman Studies Journal.


  • M.A. Theological Studies, University of Dayton
  • B.MUS in Music Education, University of Georgia


Working Title:

Divine Revelation as Rectrix Stella: The Evolution of Wilfrid Ward’s Doctrine of Divine Revelation 


William L. Portier, Ph.D


Sandra Yocum, Ph.D., Michael Carter, Ph.D., Dennis Doyle, Ph.D., Fr. Charles Talar, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Courses Taught

  • "Beliefs in Dialogue (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam)" (REL 227) University of Dayton, Dayton, OH (2 sections)
  • “Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies,” (REL 103) University of Dayton, Dayton, OH (7 sections)
  • "Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies" (REL 103 Honors' section) University of Dayton, Dayton, OH (2 sections)
  • “The Inner Journey in Myth, Bible, and Literature,” (REL 377) University of Dayton, Dayton, OH (1 section)

Scholarly Publications and Presentations


Article. “La signification du mystère pour l’unité des chrétiens selon les sermons de Newman.” Etudes Newmaniennes 31 (2015): 227–238.

Book Review. Boyd Taylor Coolman. Eternally Spiraling into God: Knowledge, Love, and Ecstasy in the Theology of Thomas Gallus (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017) Horizons vol. 45.1 (June, 2018): 183–84.

Book Review. Mary Katherine Tillman. John Henry Newman Man of Letters. (Milwaukee, WI:  Marquette University Press, 2015). Newman Studies Journal 14:1 (Spring 2017).

Book Review. Ryan N.S. Topping, ed. Renewing the Mind: A Reader in the Philosophy of Catholic Education (Washington, D.C.: CUA Press, 2015) and John Henry Newman, The Idea of a University, intro by Don J. Briel and afterward by Christopher O. Blum (Tacoma, WA: Cluny Media, 2016). Newman Studies Journal 14:1 (Spring 2017).

Book Review. Andrew Meszaros. The Prophetic Church: History and Doctrinal Development in John Henry Newman and Yves Congar. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016). Newman Studies Journal 14:1 (Spring 2017).

Book Review. Frederick D. Aquino and Benjamin J. King, eds. Receptions of Newman (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2015). Newman Studies Journal 13:1 (Spring 2016): 77–79.

Book Review. Gary Anderson, ed. The Call of Abraham: Essays on the Election of Israel in Honor of Jon D. Levenson (Notre Dame, IN: Notre Dame University Press, 2013). New Theology Review 27:2 (2015): 109–110.


Book Chapter. "An Ecclesiology of Union: The Mystery of Indwelling Divine Presence in Newman's Sermons."

Proceedings from the joint NAA/French Friends of Newman Conference. Cambridge Scholars Press (under contract). (forthcoming)

Scholarly Transcription and Introduction Essay. Wilfrid P. Ward. “The Study of Church  History.” WWP III.4.2. University of St. Andrews Special Collections. (forthcoming)

Book Review. C. Michael Shea. Newman’s Early Roman Catholic Legacy: 1845–1854 (Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 2017. Horizons. (forthcoming).

Book Review. Christopher Cimorelli. John Henry Newman’s Theology of History: Historical  Consciousness, Theological ‘Imaginaries’, and the Development of Tradition. Studies in Philosophical Theology Series. (Leuven: Peeters Press, 2017). Horizons. (forthcoming).

Book Review. John F. Crosby. The Personalism of John Henry Newman (Washington, D.C.: CUA Press, 2014). Nova et Vetera. (forthcoming).

Invited Lectures and Academic Presentations

“Two Musical Interpretations of Newman: Edward Elgar and Arvo Pӓrt.” Newman Association  of America annual conference. Benedictine University, Atchison, KS. 26 – 28 July 2018.

“Conflicting Metanarratives: Faith, Its Explication, and the Notion of Semper Eadem.” Faculty  Colloquia Series. University of Dayton, Dayton, OH. 20 April 2018.

Invited Lecture. “Wilfrid Ward on the Liberalism of Leo XIII.” La Société Internationale d’Etudes sur Alfred Loisy annual meeting. Boston. 18 – 21 November 2017.

Panel Presentation. “Author Meets Critic: David Delio’s An Aristocracy of Exalted Sprits: The  Idea of the Church in Newman’s Tamworth Reading Room. Newman Association of America annual conference. University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN. 3 – 5 August 2017.

“Paradigmatic Transitions and the Three Elements of Religion: Newman, von Hügel, and Wilfrid  Ward.” College Theology Society annual conference. Salve Regina University, Newport, RI. 1 – 4 June 2017.

“Newman through the Lens of Wilfrid Ward: Doctrinal Development and Scientific Discovery.” Annual Stander Symposium. University of Dayton, Dayton, OH. 15 April 2017.

“Reassessing Wilfrid Ward’s Depiction of Newman.” Panel entitled The Future of Newman Studies: Innovations Emerging from a New Generation of Scholars. Newman Association of America Conference, in conjunction with the National Institute for Newman Studies. Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. 28 – 30 July 2016.

Panel Response to Fr. Silviu Bunta, PhD. lecture. “The Reproduction of Gen 1:26–28 in y. Ber. 12d: The Femininity of the Godhead, the Emergence of Rabbinic Modalist Orthodoxy, and the Christian Binitarian Complex.” Religious Studies Department Colloquium Series. University of Dayton. 9 March 2016.

Invited Lecture: “Conversion as Evangelization: John Henry Newman, Elizabeth Ann Seton, and the New Evangelization.” Formation series at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ. 30 October 2015.

“The Significance of Mystery for Christian Unity in the Sermons of John Henry Newman/La signification du mystère pour l’unité des chrétiens selon les sermons de Newman.” Newman Association of America and the French Association of the Friends of Newman Joint Conference. 7 – 9 November 2014, l'Enclos Rey, Paris, France.

“Mystery and Unity in the Sermons of John Henry Newman: A Proposed Ecclesiology.” Graduate Student Colloquium. The University of Dayton. 17 October 2014.

“The 'Episcopal' and 'Prophetical' Ecclesiology of J.H. Newman in the Work of Louis Bouyer.” Center for Scriptural Exegesis, Philosophy, and Doctrine Graduate Student Conference. 22 October 2014, Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, IL.

“Music of the Spheres: Music as Metaphor in the Theology of John Henry Newman and Louis  Bouyer.” Newman Association of America Conference. 31 July – 2 August 2014, Steubenville University in Steubenville, OH.