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One of the joys of living our Catholic Faith is sharing it in a supportive parish atmosphere. Our Community and Fellowship Ministries at the Newman Center foster a growing Catholic community among students.

CommunitY Nights

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Community nights are held following the 10pm Mass every Thursday during the school year. Each week, activities, socializing, and food are inspired by a unique theme. Don't miss the annual Battle of the Bands, Mr. Newman, or NewmOlymics nights! Visit our student Facebook page for all the details. All students are also invited to the fantastic annual winter formal dance held in December and spring formal in April. Check out the calendar for dates!

Greek Life


Phi Kappa Theta Catholic Fraternity and Phi Alpha Chi Catholic Sorority members are committed to living a strong faith in their everyday lives.  The brotherhood and sisterhood provide a unique opportunity to grow in spirituality through accountability, attending the Sacraments, Bible studies, and spiritual retreats. PKT members have the opportunity to live in the new 60-bed house directly east of the Newman Center. PAX members look forward to their house being built in the future. Member scholarship opportunities are available.

Theology on tap

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Calling all juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Theology on Tap is a forum to encounter Truth and Beauty over a pint with friends. These popular monthly gatherings at Old Chicago in the Haymarket feature thought-provoking speakers addressing questions fundamental to the hungers of the human heart. Enjoy free food and exceptional speakers on a variety of topics and aspects of the Catholic Faith. Look for event dates on the calendar or our student Facebook page.

Intramural sports

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"Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one." -1 Corinthians 9:25

The Newman Center competes in almost all intramural sports at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln including softball, soccer, volleyball, racquetball, football, and broomball. 

Get involved by contacting Monica (females) or Tom (males).



Spiritual direction is “help given by one Christian to another which enables that person to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her, to respond to this personally communicating God, to grow in intimacy with this God, and to live out the consequences of the relationship.” (William A. Barry and William J. Connolly, The Practice of Spiritual Direction)

Psycological counseling

Dr. Peter Martin, a Licensed Psychologist, has provided Catholic faith-integrated counseling services at the St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center to the UNL family since 2008. He strives to nurture authentic inner peace and healing in college students, adults, couples and families through individual, marital, family and group therapies. His areas of focus include working with family and relational discord, anxiety, depression, OCD and scruples, trauma, perfectionism and Forgiveness Therapy. Please do not hesitate to make an appointment with him at (402) 489-1834.