Newman Centers or Newman Clubs are Catholic ministry centers at non-Catholic universities found throughout the world. The establishment of this movement was inspired by the writings of Cardinal John Henry Newman encouraging societies for Catholic students attending secular universities. The first Newman club was established in 1888 at Oxford; the original Catholic club was founded by Hartwell de la Garde Grissell.
The first American Newman Club was established in 1893 at the University of Pennsylvania by Timothy Harrington, a graduate medical student, together with John Gilbride, James and Joseph Walsh with assistance of Father P.J. Garvey, pastor of the local St. James Catholic Church.
The centers provide pastoral services and ministries to their Catholic communities, in particular to the Roman Catholic student population within the universities. However, since these centers are located on university campuses, Christians of other denominations often come and participate as well. A variety of university and parish related meetings and social events take place at the centers, as well as personal events including weddings, anniversary celebrations, baptisms, Masses and funeral receptions.
The following are partial lists of Newman Centers/Catholic Student Associations.
St. John's Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign—formerly known as the Newman Foundation—is the largest in the nation and has been considered one of the model Newman Centers in the United States. It encompasses three main entities: St. John's Catholic Chapel, Newman Hall, and the Institute of Catholic Thought. St. John's Catholic Newman Center finished an expansion/renovation in August 2008. St. John's is in the Catholic Diocese of Peoria. It is one of the few Newman Centers that also encompasses a large undergraduate housing, through the University's Certified Private Housing program, having over 600 live-in residents, a cafeteria, etc. Other Newman Centers/Programs in the Peoria Diocese include the Augustana Catholic Campus Ministry, Galesburg Newman Club, Monmouth Newman Club, Newman Foundation - Bradley University & ICC, St. Francis of Assisi Newman Center, and Salve Regina Newman Center at Eureka College.
The Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman Residence Halls at Troy University will open in fall 2013 for students. Inside the halls, will be the Mother Teresa Catholic Newman Center. The Newman Center will contain a perpetual adoration chapel, meeting and office space for the Newman Ministry, a kitchen, and lounge area. Newman Halls will house 376 residents, 6 resident assistants, and one live-in married couple who acts as the community directors. Residents must keep a 2.5 GPA or better, present a letter of recommendation in order to live in the residence, and be involved in community service.
Active since 1946, the St. Philip Neri Catholic Newman Center serves the students and neighboring community at the University of Tulsa. Ministries include Sunday Mass, weekday Masses, men's and women's discussion groups, community service days, and retreats.
The Newman Catholic Center of Newark, New Jersey encompasses the three communities of Rutgers–Newark, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Essex County College. At the center, located immediately next to the Pro-Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Newark, students participate in Sunday night student Masses, weekday Masses around the campuses, bible studies, catechism, weekly small group meetings, homeless outreach and prison ministry, retreats, and adoration. The Newman Catholic Center of Newark is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.
EIU Newman Center at Eastern Illinois University- Services Catholic students at EIU. The center started as the Catholic Study Club in 1939, when Father Thomas Connolly and Mrs. Dorothee Coleman opened up Coleman's home to thirteen students at what was then Eastern Illinois State Teacher's College. The current Newman Center, finished in 1999, houses meeting spaces, ministry offices and the St. Philip Neri Chapel. The EIU Newman Center is also the home of Eastern's Student Volunteer Center.
Blessed Pope John Paul II Newman Center at Illinois State University—formerly known as the St. Robert Cardinal Bellarmine Newman Center and before that as the Newman Club, in the Catholic Diocese of Peoria—had six newly married couples in 2008, three ordained priests, and as of 2013[update] twelve seminarians studying for the priesthood.
Blessed Pope John Paul II Newman Center at the University of Illinois, Chicago— serves the largest Catholic student population in the Midwest and one of the largest in the country. UIC has 25,000+ students, of which over 15,000 are Catholic. The John Paul II Newman Center in 1999 established the Arthur J. Schmitt Chair in Catholic studies for students to study the Catholic faith and receive college credit for doing so. Currently, students may receive a minor in Catholic studies. Of the other programs the John Paul II Newman Center offers, Vocation Discernment averages 10–15 students each year who study to become priests and religious brothers and sisters. The Integritas Institute for Ethics, a third program, teaches ethics and morality. The John Paul II Newman Center is in the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago.
St. Mary's Catholic Center at Texas A&M University made a bold decision to turn their permanent parishioners into volunteers for the campus ministry and discontinued all other parish programs not related directly to campus ministry. 200 families stayed and the rest went to the other parish in College Station. The Catholic Campus Ministry Association has done presentations before national audiences concerning the success of St. Mary's.
The St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Newman Center is located on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. It serves the students of UNLV as well as the surrounding community. The center offers Sunday Mass, Daily Mass (during the school semester), Praise & Worship nights, volunteer and service opportunities, social events, and bible studies throughout the school year.
The Newman Catholic Student Center Parish at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Duke Newman Catholic Student Center at Duke University serve two of the larger Catholic Campus Ministry programs in the region. The Newman Centers provide activities such as Masses and prayer services, dinners, social events, and service opportunities such as the Alternative Spring Break program. The Diocese of Raleigh, NC also has Newman Centers at NC State, Elon University, UNC-Wilmington, and East Carolina University.
The Middlebury College Newman Club meets on Sundays for student mass. The club is associated with St. Mary's Catholic Church, found right next to the college's campus.
New Mexico has a Newman Centre in Saint Albert at New Mexico State University. The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque hosts the Aquinas Newman Center. Socorro, NM also has a Newman Center—St. Patrick's—which is hosted by New Mexico Tech. Silver City, NM has St. Francis Newman Center at Western New Mexico University.
The Diocese of Lexington, covering 50 counties in Central and Eastern Kentucky, maintains Newman Centers at eight of the Commonwealth's colleges and Universities, including Berea College, Centre College, Eastern Kentucky University, University of Kentucky, Morehead State University, Union College, Georgetown College and Transylvania University. The Diocese of Covington maintains at least one Newman Center at Northern Kentucky University.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has a Newman Center that serves the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and Chatham College. It is run as part of the Pittsburgh Oratory of Saint Philip Neri.
The Diocese of Sacramento has three Newman Centers, the Newman Catholic Community at California State University, Sacramento, the St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center at California State University, Chico and Newman Center at University of California, Davis.
University of Hawaii Manoa has a Newman Center that also serves as the school's Catholic Campus Ministry. The center also goes by the name Holy Spirit Parish. It draws parishioners from the surrounding community. Center is currently run by the Jesuits under the Diocese of Honolulu.
The University of Chicago's Calvert House is also a Newman Center.
The Roncalli Newman Center is a church with parish status in the diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin. It is currently host to many students, as well as several hundred families, and functions as a normal parish.
Florida Institute of Technology has a Newman Club / Catholic Campus Ministry which had 20 active members in 2008. It is led by Fr. Doug Bailey and does various service project, spiritual activities, and outdoor activities throughout the fall and spring semesters.
University of Maine also has a Newman club and center. In 1946, the Newman Center (also known as Our Lady of Wisdom Parish) was established for the Catholic students, faculty, staff, administrators and their families at the University. The original building was located in a former restaurant on the other side of College Avenue. The current Newman Center was dedicated in 1971.
University of Massachusetts Amherst has a Newman Center located right off its campus. The Center offers Mass, and has a cafe in the basement, which served breakfast all day, lunch, and dinner.
The State University of New York at Potsdam and Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY share a joint Newman Club. The Newman Club, based at Saint Mary Church, often shares in Theology on Tap discussions, weekly dinner and meetings, praise and worship, and Mass on the two campuses.
At the University of Evansville, the present-day Newman Center house was purchased from the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity in 1964, and after renovations, it was blessed and dedicated by Bishop Henry Grimmelsman in 1965, in the last year of his tenure as the first Bishop of Evansville, a see and diocese created for him.
The University of Cincinnati has St. Monica-St. George Newman Center.
A list of other US Newman Centers has been kept up to date by the Catholic Campus Ministry Association
Toronto's Newman Center is housed in the historical W.D. Matthews House, located at the corner of Hoskin Avenue and St. George Street, across from the Robarts Library on the University of Toronto campus ( ). It is under the direction of the Archdiocese of Toronto and is associated with the neighbouring St. Thomas Aquinas Church.
The structure was built in 1890/1891 by wealthy Canadian businessman "The Barley King of Canada" Wilmot Deloui Matthews as his personal home. It is constructed of red clay, terra-cotta bricks, plum-coloured Credit Valley sandstone and pressed terra-cotta decorative elements. To celebrate his daughter’s wedding, Matthews hired architect George M. Miller and sculptor Gustav Hahn to design an Art Nouveau ballroom for his home. After his death in 1919, the house became a residence for Catholic students. Donations from two major benefactors allowed the Newman Foundation to purchase the property in 1922 for the sum of $100,000.
As a result, Toronto's Newman Centre is today one of that city's best preserved examples of Romanesque Revival architecture. It was one of the first buildings in Toronto to receive heritage status from the Ontario Heritage Foundation in 1977, not only for its exterior but also for the intricate and impressive interior design elements. The Archdiocese continues the preservation of the site despite the great expense. It has also been used as a site for movie creation, and television filming.
The property originally included a coach house on the current site of St. Thomas Aquinas Church.
Father Thomas Rosica, CSB served at Toronto's Newman Centre from 1994-2000. Following his departure, Father Patrick O'Dea served at Toronto's Newman Centre until 2001, and was succeeded by Father Michael Machacek in 2009. The current spiritual director serving the Newman Center as of Fr. Michael Machacek's departure in 2009, is Father Chris Cauchi.
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The Newman Centre has been a home to students, referred to as Student Campus Ministers for a number of years. Established by Fr. Thomas Rosica in 1994 and under the supervision of the Chaplaincy Coordinator and Executive Director, Student Campus Ministers are part of the Newman Centre Residential Community.
Toronto's Newman Centre also has a diverse music ministry, with one main music ministry each for the 11 AM and the 7 PM Masses. The music for the 11 AM Mass, led by Bruno Cormier has a traditional SATB choir with piano. The 7:00 PM music ministry plays music from the Gather Hymnal, as well as music from the contemporary Christian music genre, with a choir, cantors, a string and sax section, and a complete rhythm section of drums, bass, piano and guitar. This music ministry is led by Charles Min.
Montreal's Newman Centre is located just off the McGill University campus on Peel Street. In 1954, Fr. Emmett Carter (Newman chaplain and later Archbishop of Toronto) bought the private residence and carriagehouse using funds raised by an association of lay Catholics. The Newman Centre continues to be administered today by the Newman Association of Montreal. The current Director is Mr. Nathan Gibbard.
The University of British Columbia in Vancouver has a Newman Club. It is the Catholic Students' Association of the university and is the oldest Catholic student club on the UBC campus. The club currently holds its activities at St. Mark's College.
Saskatchewan's Newman Centre is located on the University of Saskatchewan campus at St. Thomas More College. The Newman Centre at the University of Saskatchewan represents itself as a Catholic campus club that seeks to provide a welcoming Christian atmosphere. The club was founded in 1926 in the tradition of Cardinal Newman. It is based out of St. Thomas More College but is for students in any college at the university. The Newman Centre works closely with STM Campus Ministry.
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