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 [...]
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We'd like to officially announce our new Director of the St. John Paul II Newman Center, Fr. Connor Danstrom! Fr. Connor was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago in May 2014. He has served for the past four years as the associate pastor of St. Benedict Church in Blue Island, IL. Before entering seminary, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Illinois in Champaign. He was very involved at St. John's Catholic Newman Center, and he credits the friendships he formed there and the example of the priests at Newman with helping him to [...]