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May 21, 2001
Montreal theologian named president of Newman College
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER
EDMONTON — The new president of Newman Theological College says he believes "theology answers to the deepest aspirations of the human heart."
Christophe Potworowski, a professor of theological studies at Concordia University in Montreal since 1988, will become president of Newman College in September.
Potworowski, 47, will take over from Kevin Carr who will retire from the office in August after serving eight years as the college's first lay president.
The incoming president says one thing calling him to the job is the opportunity to work with Archbishop Thomas Collins who he met at a meeting of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in Ottawa.
"We got along very well," Potworowski said. "He's a shepherd in a very real sense. He is a man who is very profoundly marked by his mission as bishop."
Potworowski said he is also dedicated to making theology come alive in the lives of men and women. "I've been interested in education in a way that is larger than simply a classroom."
He sees that vision already in place at Newman. "That already exists at Newman in a way that is really remarkable."
As president, he sees his main job as "communicating the idea and the vision of the college to various groups of people" and helping to make the college better known both nationally and internationally.
Newman College has been accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, "so it already has a strong academic reputation of which it should be quite proud," he said.
Potworowski earned a doctorate in theology from the University of St. Michael's College in Toronto in 1988. He has expertise in the area of 20th century French Roman Catholicism, particularly the writings of Marie-Dominique Chenu and those of Hans Urs von Balthasar.
His book, Contemplation and Incarnation: The Theology of Marie-Dominique Chenu, will be published by McGill-Queen's University Press this fall.
His wife Danuta works in the social services field and his daughter Isabel loves nature and hiking.
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