Priority 2016: Forming an active, faith-filled community to develop students as missionary disciples of Christ

The St. Philip Neri Catholic Newman Center forms university students through an active faith-filled community to develop them as missionary disciples of Christ.

“Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” -Mark 16:15-16

Jesus preceded his great commission by three years of diligent work with his Twelve Apostles. He trained, equipped, instructed, and prepared them to receive the Holy Spirit. By this, they received everything they would need to fulfill His and their great mission. These Apostles weren’t to stay just in Jerusalem, but go out into the entire world and share the good news with everyone they met.

As the Apostles received three years with the Lord, our college students receive four years of faith and life formation in Jesus’ school of discipleship. What is needed to equip them during their college years? This is what a group of students, alumni, Advisory Board members, and friends of the Newman Center asked during our strategic priority planning process. Beginning with a student brainstorming session, where over 75 students attended and gave essential feedback on what Newman can offer, change, or enhance to help their faith journey while in college.

Based on our survey of the students and the writings of Pope Francis, we discovered the vital needs. After much discussion and deliberation, we established our three pillars: Service, Hospitality, and Evangelization. These principles will serve as the foundation of our endeavors over the next three years.

A special thank you to the Priority Plan committee for their diligent efforts to make this vision a reality including our team leader, Fr. Gary Kastl.

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