Talk on miracle scheduled for Newman Center
November 1, 2019

Melissa Villalobos with her daughter Gemma and a picture of St. John Henry Newman. Villalobos will speak about the saint at the Newman Center on November 18.

A suburban Chicago mother and attorney helped in making John Henry Newman a saint.

Melissa Villalobos will share the story of her miraculous healing through the intercession of St. John Henry Newman, a 19th century priest canonized as a saint by Pope Francis on Oct. 13, when she makes a presentation at the St. John Paul II Newman Center on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago, 700 S. Morgan St., on Monday, Nov. 18, from 5 to 6 p.m.

Villalobos prayed for Fr. Newman’s intercession, and her life-threatening illness disappeared, with doctors unable to explain how or why, which constitutes the saint’s second confirmed miracle.

St. John Henry Newman was a 19th century theologian, poet, Catholic priest, and cardinal. Catholic historians consider his writings some of the most important theologically in recent centuries.

He believed the church could accomplish evangelization through quality education, and that is why student organizations at UIC and other non-Catholic universities often are called Newman Centers or Newman Societies in his honor.

Villalobos was pregnant with her fifth of seven children, daughter Gemma, when an illness threatened her life but then disappeared. She holds a degree in economics from Washington University; earned a law degree from Northwestern University; and formerly worked as an economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, federal law clerk, and commercial litigation attorney.

Her talk, presented with the Rev. Connor Danstrom, will be Divine Intervention: The Miracle that Made Newman a Saint.

Call (312) 226-1880 for more information.