An unknown faith cannot be lived. Through the Newman Center’s Evangelization and Catechesis Ministries, we cultivate both a personal relationship and an intellectual understanding of Jesus Christ and His Church.
Our FOCUS program, a cornerstone of our ministries, provides weekly Bible studies where students can delve into the mystery of Christ's love found in sacred scripture and form small-group communities of fellowship and support led by a team of trained onsite missionaries. Many students take part in mission trips organized by FOCUS national.
The Newman Institute
for Catholic Thought and Culture
The Newman Institute is a new apostolate of the Diocese of Lincoln and is a partnership of the St. Gregory the Great Seminary and the Newman Center. Courses are offered to undergraduate students who can apply the credit from the courses to their degrees at the University of Nebraska, or at other institutions. The Institute also hosts Reborn in Wonder, a public lecture series, each fall.
The Newman Center offers a dynamic Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program, which welcomes students into the Faith each Easter. Whether you're curious about the Catholic Faith or you want to become Catholic, weekly classes help you understand what it means to be Catholic.
Each semester, the Newman Center provides weekly catechesis classes for free with no homework, no grades, and no required reading, taught by FOCUS Missionary Logan Burda, M.A.
"Koinonia," the greek word for "community," is an introductory retreat experience in Christian community based on the Paschal Mystery of the Lord Jesus—His Passion, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension. The retreat consists of talks, discussions, reflections, prayer, and celebration of the Sacraments of Penance and Eucharist, which require active participation. Though the retreat is offered from a Catholic perspective, those who are not Catholic are welcome to attend. There is a $50 registration fee, but please ask about scholarships if this is an issue for you. Koinonia runs from 4:00pm on Friday through 3:00pm on Sunday.
Sons and Daughters of Mary is a spiritual formation group with a special devotion to Jesus through Mary. The class typically meets weekly for one hour and culminates at the end of the year with the invitation to make a 33-day preparation and Consecration to Mary presented by St. Louis de Montfort.
The Legion of Mary, an international lay persons organization for men and women, has members that offer their services to the Church in performing various spiritual works. This is done by placing themselves under the banner of Mary so that, with her help, they may develop greater holiness in their own lives, as well as speed a deeper devotion to her among others.
Look for more information on these groups soon.
M18 chastity and accountability groups
Pornography addiction is quietly overtaking the lives of many students on campus. In order to combat this darkness, it is necessary to bring it to the light. For anyone desiring an escape from a pornography addiction or other sexual sins, these anonymous accountability groups inspired by Matthew 18 meet weekly to discuss three things: weekly accountability, education on the addiction, and goal setting. Before going to a meeting, it is recommended to set up a time to meet with Father Mills to discuss your personalized accountability plan.
Spring Break Pilgrimage to Italy
Each spring, Newman Center students take a trip to Rome and surrounding cities including Assisi, San Giovani, and Manoppello to pray, eat gelato, and uncover the Catholic faith's rich history first-hand. Be on the lookout for information on this life-changing opportunity in the early months of spring semester. Fundraising training and scholarships available. See highlights of the 2017 trip here!