About Us

The Cardinal Newman Liberal Arts Project is a lay initiative seeking to establish a baccalaureate curriculum inspired by Newman’s Idea of a University.  This means teaching to the whole person in the subjects of the Literature, Philosophy, Sacred Scripture, Sacred Theology and the empirical Sciences.

What we do

  • Adult classes on literature (Dostoevsky), philosophy (Kierkegaard) and theology (Pope Benedict the Wise, The Bible).  These classes do not offer college credit.
  • Home School/ Gull Lake Partnership for teenage home schoolers (Latin I, II, III, intro to philosophy, philosophy of the person, literature)
  • Thursday lunches with the community- COME JOIN US 12PM at the Ambrose house!
  • Symposiums (“Newman’s Voice of Conscience, The Echo of the Echo of the Voice of God,”  “The Nature of Political Philosophy”, “On Newman’s ‘The Idea of the University”
  • Podcasts: http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheIdeaOfAUniversity
  • Library of over 6,000 books available at the Ambrose House

What we aspire to be

A Catholic College in Kalamazoo


Founded in fidelity to Christ and His Church and the call of Vatican II for greater lay witness in contemporary society, the Cardinal Newman Liberal Arts Project exists to further teaching, research, and learning in the abiding tradition of Catholic thought. The CNLAP takes as its mission the sponsorship of a liberal arts curriculum dedicated, as articulated by Ex Corde Ecclesiae, to the advancement of human culture, the promotion of dialogue between faith and reason, and the formation of men and women in the intellectual and moral virtues of the Catholic faith.

We do most of our lectures and classes at the Ambrose House of Studies

736 East Cork Street
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49001

Phone: (269) 343-2010

Email: newman736cork@gmail.com

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John Paul II Library

Library Front

The John Paul II library is a collection of over 7000 cataloged volumes of works in the arts and sciences, humanities, and theology. An additional 3500 volumes are being screened for inclusion in a permanent collection of 15,000 volumes.
The library is organized according to Library of Congress classifications and allows students and researchers to consult a master database organized by author, title, and subject matter.. The collection is strongest in the humanities with major works in philosophy, literature, history, economics, theology, political philosophy, Latin, Greek, and Spanish. Reference materials include important encyclopedias and dictionaries such as the Great Books series, the Lewis and Short Latin dictionary, the Oxford English dictionary, the Webster English Dictionary, the Catholic Encyclopedia and various works in Catholic theology, biography, Church history, and spirituality.
The library has been developed entirely through volunteer hours over the past 8 years by Ms. Emily Tolanda-Fisher under the direction of Mrs. Conces, B.A. (CNLAP board member). The staff also includes Mrs. Laura Gifford, B.S., who has contributed over 100 hours of volunteer service during the past two years. Mrs. Stephanie Davis, MLS, advises the library regarding good practice, policies, and procedures.  Online library resources are also available through the internet.
The John Paul II Library is a public service to the city of Kalamazoo and the Diocese of Kalamazoo. There is no fee for admission to the library and works can be borrowed with proper identification.  Come visit!  Please tell us when you’d like to come: newman736cork@gmail.com