Premal Jyoti was named as "Newman Hall" after the poet-saint Cardinal John Henry Newman until 1984 and the curia continues to bear this original name even today. Most Rev.Bishop.Francis Braganza s.j was the person behind founding of "Newman Hall".
The Venerable Newman will be beatified on Sunday 19th September in Birmingham by Pope Benedict XVI, during his visit to U.K
John Henry Newman was born on February 21, 1801 in London. Interestingly he started not as a Catholic, but as a member of the Church of England. As a vicar, Newman exerted a strong spiritual influence on the Church of England.
In 1845, Newman converted to Catholicism from Anglicanism. He founded Oratories of St. Philip Neri in Birmingham and London, and was also the first rector at the Catholic University in Dublin. In 1879, he was made a Cardinal by Pope Leo XIII. Through his writings, he created a greater understanding of the Catholic Church. Cardinal John Henry Newman died in Birmingham on August 11, 1890. In 1893 the first Newman Club was formed at the University of Pennsylvania. They have now spread throughout the country, with over 600 colleges hosting chapters.
In 1991, Newman was proclaimed venerable after a thorough examination of his life and work by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.