Written by Israel Lopez, Rising UIC Senior We all know that God is present in a chapel, but what about in a coffee shop? Working as a barista, you wouldn’t think, “Oh, this is the perfect opportunity to evangelize,” yet this is exactly what the Newman Center staff had in mind when building our coffee shop. Although the unique location of this establishment, within a university’s Catholic Newman Center, brings in several customers who are indeed Catholic, our extensive marketing and personal invitation have graced us with the opportunity to meet and serve people who are all along the “faith spectrum.” [...]
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Written by Fr. Connor Danstrom, Chaplain/Director Last year, Cardinal John Henry Newman was canonized a saint of the Roman Catholic Church. This was an occasion of great joy for us here at the Newman Center, as well as throughout the country for all the Catholic campus ministries that bear his name. When he was made a Cardinal, Newman took as his motto the Latin phrase, “Cor ad cor loquitur.” His coat of arms had three hearts, representing the Trinity. This idea of God speaking to the heart of man from his own Triune heart was central to Newman’s understanding of revelation. [...]
Written by Ella Ramos, Rising UIC Junior UIC shut down. Chicago shut down. The world shut down. And all of this happened just as I was coming down from a spiritual high. I had just attended one of the best retreats of my life through the Newman Center, where I had met so many amazing, like-hearted people who I knew would help bring me closer to God. I felt completely re-energized, ready to take the world by storm as a daughter of Christ when it suddenly felt like the rug had been yanked right under my feet. Not only was I [...]
We’re SO excited for students to get back to the St. John Paul II Newman Center - UIC for the fall semester! Please take two minutes to watch the video below to learn about why our students are so hopeful and excited to get back to campus and continue growing in friendship with Christ and with each other. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMPOURscD5k Help us raise 50K by June 30th so that we can continue to provide opportunities for UIC students to grow in relationship with Christ and with others!! For a limited time, your gift will DOUBLE, due to a generous donor who [...]
QUARANTINE RESOURCES Here are a few resources that you might find helpful while you are stuck at home. Self-Care Grotto Network: What better way to charge into a month of pandemic-induced social distancing than to start a self-care challenge? So for the next 30 days, reorder, recover, and reflect (download the 30-Day Self-Care Challenge) Grotto Network: Gives Me Hope Playlist, Pump Up Your Morning, Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati Playlist Grotto Network: FREE Customizable Workout Plan (download) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Taking Care of Your Emotional Health (website) Our Sunday Visitor: Seven Ways to Manage "COVID Stress Syndrome" (article) Soul-Care Live-Streamed Daily and Sunday Mass (website) Fr. Connor's Daily Mass [...]
Dear Newman community, As you may have heard, Cardinal Cupich recently announced the suspension of all liturgical services in the Archdiocese effective Saturday, March 14th. This means there will be no Sunday or daily Masses at Newman until further notice. Also, the Newman Center Lounge will be closed until further notice. The Archdiocese has also said that, "archdiocesan churches should remain open for private prayer during a time frame best determined by each pastor.” To that end, the Newman Center Chapel will be open for private prayer from 10:00am to 12:00pm from Monday, March 16th to Friday, March 20th. I will [...]
Did you know that Blessed (soon to be Saint) John Henry Newman will be canonized by Pope Francis on October 13th? There are several ways you can be involved in this joyous event! 1. Visit newmancanonisation.com to learn more about Newman's life, his journey into the Catholic Church, his teachings, what recent popes have had to say about him, and the miracles attributed to his intercession. 2. Melissa Villalobos, a married full-time mother of seven children who lives in the Chicago suburbs, was miraculously cured in the pregnancy of her fifth child through the intercession of John Henry Newman, which [...]
We are so excited to announce that FOCUS-The Fellowship of Catholic University Students will be returning to UIC's campus this fall!!! Please join us in praying for our incoming missionaries: Daniel, Ryan, Monica, and Mallory! ❤🙏 The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) is a Catholic collegiate outreach whose mission is to share the hope and joy of the gospel with college and university students, inspiring and equipping them for a lifetime of Christ-centered evangelization, discipleship and friendships in which they lead others to do the same. Learn more about FOCUS at focus.org.
By Meghan Grill, UIC Alumna (Class of 2019) During the end of my junior year of college, I made the decision to not only change majors but universities, leaving behind the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Having lived at Newman Hall at UIUC, I was very familiar with Newman Centers, and upon transferring, it was only natural to find my new Newman Center. Amidst the whirlwind of learning a new campus, I found the St. John Paul II Newman Center, allowing me an opportunity to escape from the busyness of college life. The community, openness, and love that was [...]
We recently took 112 college students, Chicago young adults and Archdiocese of Chicago seminarians and priests to FOCUS's SEEK2019 Conference from Jan 3-7 in Indianapolis. At this conference, over 17,000 college students, campus ministers and parish/diocesan leaders had the opportunity to encounter Christ, deepen their relationship with God and hear talks on how to grow in their own spirituality and build authentic community with others. The conference included several keynotes on evangelization, prayer, and elements of the Catholic faith given by some of the top Catholic speakers from all over the country. UIC student Michael Strange said, "At first, I was a little apprehensive [...]