Written by Annie Streeter, UIC Senior During my freshman year orientation, I had the chance to visit the Newman Center at UIC. After being home schooled since kindergarten, it was comforting to know that there was a familiar place where I could go to meet other Catholic students. The Newman Center became the place where I went in between classes to go to Mass, attend events, study, relax, and eat meals. Over the years, the students and staff have changed, but the welcoming environment and overall mission have stayed the same. I feel extremely blessed to be at a secular school [...]
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Written by Fr. Tom Boharic, UIC Alumni (2003-2005) I came to UIC in 2003 confused about life, God, religion, and truth. I would always pass by the Newman Center on the way to class with my guitar in hand and kept feeling a nudge to go in. Finally, I gave in. After praying for guidance, a group of young, Catholic Christians warmly welcomed me. Their faith was so contagious, that I found myself wanting more. I began participating in Youth for Christ, the Newman Choir, daily Mass, and Bible Studies, meeting new people and developing a personal relationship with Jesus [...]
Written by Becca Siar, Director of Campus Ministry Herschel D. Wallace III (Class of ‘71) and Gale Warton (now Wallace; ‘79) met at a student-run orientation event called Freshman Weekend for incoming freshmen of the (then) 100% commuter campus. "Freshman Weekend would happen at Camp Duncan, and we would have several activities," Herschel explains. "So when classes did start, there would be someone on campus that you would recognize." Gale decided to go on the weekend as a freshman, only to find Herschel as the keynote speaker. "I guess we caught each other’s eye," she says. At the time, Newman was [...]
An Interview with Fr. Patrick Marshall, former Chaplain of the St. John Paul II Newman Center (1991-2018) - Written by Becca Siar, Director of Campus Ministry Becca Siar: How did you end up at the Newman Center back in 1991? Fr. Patrick Marshall: "Well, at the time, I was a parish priest and also served as one of the Master of Ceremonies for Cardinal Bernardin. He asked me to go to the University of Notre Dame to participate in a program for church leaders, and while I was there, the University offered me a job. I had to come home to [...]
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.” [...]
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 [...]
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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 [...]