Founded in fidelity to Christ and His Church in response to the call of Vatican II for greater lay witness in contemporary society, Newman College Ireland exists to further teaching, research, and learning at the undergraduate level in the abiding tradition of Catholic thought in both national and international settings.

The College takes as its mission the sponsorship of a liberal arts education curriculum dedicated, as articulated in the Apostolic Constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae, to the advancement of human culture, the promotion of dialogue between faith and reason, the formation of men and women in the intellectual and moral virtues of the Catholic faith, and to the development of professional and pre-professional programs in response to local and societal needs. The College further takes its inspiration and abiding ethos from the writings of Blessed John Henry Newman, particularly as expressed in his seminal work The Idea of a University.

As an institution committed to Catholic principles, the College recognizes the importance of creating and maintaining an environment in which faith informs the academic community and takes expression in all its programs. The College recognizes the central and indispensable role of the Ordinary of the Diocese in which the College is located in promoting and assisting in the preservation and strengthening of the College’s Catholic identity.