We've been a home away from home for TU Catholic students since 1946. Our facilities have been a tremendous blessing to generations of students, providing a place to strengthen their faith, connect with others, and develop friendships to last a lifetime. But in order to minister more effectively to future generations, the Newman Center needs your help.
Catholicism is the largest religion on the TU campus, with more than 500 self-identified Catholic students. We would love to reach them all. In order to do that, we need to improve and expand our facilities. Planned renovations include:
As one of the most used rooms in the building, the game room has more than its share of wear and tear. We'll update this space with a new layout to offer recreation (pool, foosball, table tennis, or cards) and casual meetings and study.
Expanding this area will accommodate more students, and increase access to the stairs.
This large addition directly above the new game room will accommodate large presentations and catechesis as well as smaller concurrent meetings or bible studies. The classroom will be fully equipped with modern A/V equipment.
Transforming our library area in the upstairs hallway will allow individual or group study as well as provide an accommodating space for our numerous small group Bible studies and discipleship meetings.
The Mission of the St. Philip Neri Newman Center is "to prepare students for a life of faith and leadership in the Catholic Church, and service to the world." I am a diocesan priest today because the Newman Center inspired me to fulfill that mission: it's priest-chaplains, it's amazing community of students, the leadership opportunities it afforded me, and above all the adult faith formation it provided me. The mission trips to Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala, introduced me to a saint whose beatification Mass I concelebrated, and the Faith Immersion Pilgrimages to Rome, Assisi, Constantinople, Santiago de Compostela, and elsewhere opened my eyes to the true catholicity of the Church. The opportunities, friendships, and experiences the Newman Center provided inspired my faith and allowed me to hear my vocation: "a life of faith and leadership in the Catholic Church, and service to the world!"
Newman will always hold a special place in my heart. It is the place where I deeply encountered the Lord, grew in my faith, and formed authentic friendships. Through Newman, I found my passion to share the Gospel and am excited to serve as a FOCUS Missionary upon graduation.
When first entering college, I didn't even know that there was a Newman Center or Mass on campus. My priorities were on grades, a great job, and success. After going to my first Sunday Mass I encountered an incredible community of faithful Catholics that inspired me to go even deeper into my own faith. They warmly welcomed me and invited me to encounter Christ through retreats, Bible studies, and even in my deepening friendships with them. My experience at the Newman Center completely transformed me. In prayer and through the love and support I experienced here, I answered God's call to do the same as a college missionary with FOCUS. I am now in my second year at Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) along with two other Tulsa graduates, and countless lives have been brought to Christ because of it. At the Newman Center, by faith and through community, I will be able to reach others for the rest of my life.
The Newman Center not only helped deepen our love for Christ, but also taught us the importance of living our Catholic faith in community with others. Many parishes struggle to build community, but the activities at Newman showed us how to foster community and friendships within our parish. We've also been inspired through our time at Newman to live with intentional mission and invite friends and other families to get to know Jesus. We are so grateful for all of the ways that we grew spiritually and personally through Newman.
We love staying connected with the Newman Center and seeing how students are being inspired and transformed by the Gospel. Our prayer is that through the Inspired by Faith Capital Campaign, even more students will come to know the love of Christ and His will for their lives.
I was a non-practicing Catholic before I started going to the Newman Center. As a result of my time there, I came back to the faith of my baptism, received my First Holy Communion, and was confirmed. I also met my wife there at a Tuesday lunch. She was a person of faith, but she had never been exposed to Catholicism until she came to the Newman Center. After we were married, she joined the Catholic Church and our three children were baptized into the faith by the former Newman Center chaplain. (One of them was baptized at Newman!) The Newman Center changed my life, and ultimately helped bring everyone in our family into the Catholic Church. There is no greater gift.