Newman Centers are residence and Catholic ministry centers at non-Catholic universities throughout the world. These centers provide pastoral services and ministries to their Catholic communities, in particular to the Roman Catholic student population within universities throughout the world.
Newman Centers were named in honor of Cardinal John Henry Newman and were inspired by Newman's writings. The first Newman Center was established in 1893 at the University of Pennsylvania.
St. Robert Bellarmine Chapel is located on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. They are a welcoming community of faith offering daily Mass, group retreats, bible studies, social events and much more. They have become famous for their Back To School Luau which routinely serves thousands of new and returning students.
The Newman Center at Montclair State is located in a house on the east side of campus and has been ministering to the students there for over 50 years. Fr. Chern is dynamic young priest who has an ability to not only reach the students but to engage them in truth and challenge them to live their lives according to God's Will.
St. Marys is one of the premiere ministries in the country, serving several thousand at weekly masses. They sponsor over 80 different organizations and programs to encourange students to grow in their faith including classes for University credit. Simply put, they are one of the best out there.
Fr. Matya and the staff at Nebraska are perfect examples of what happens when a ministry gets it right. They have outgrown all of their facilities and are undergoing a massive capital campaign to meet their needs. They also have the most FOCUS missionaries on a single campus in the US offering over 95 weekly bible studies. Incredible!