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The Newman Center – St. Thomas Aquinas Church has served the spiritual, social, and leadership formation needs of Catholic students attending the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for over a century.

Having outgrown the original facility, the beautiful, new Newman Center - St. Thomas Aquinas Church was constructed in 2015 on the corner of 16th and Q streets on campus. Since expansion, our existing ministries have thrived and many new ones have begun! Check out all that is going on at the Newman Center by clicking a ministry area below.

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Liturgy & Music

Liturgy | Eucharistic Adoration | Choir

EVANGELIZATION & CATECHESIS

FOCUS | Newman Institute | RCIA | Catechesis Classes | Koinonia Retreat | M18 Groups | Italy Pilgrimage | Psychological Counseling | FORMED

Community & Fellowship

Community Nights & Formals | Greek Life | Theology on Tap | Intramural Sports | Spiritual Direction

Service & Mission

Pro-Life | Mission Trips | Knights of Columbus | Vocations | Pink Sisters } Weddings


2019-2020 Academic Year theme

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Our theme for this year centers on the person of John Henry Cardinal Newman, who will be canonized a saint in Rome on October 13th.  Newman is a patron of many college campus ministry apostolates in the United States–including our own–due to the attention he gave to university education in his work, The Idea of a University.

While the focus for this year will be on Cardinal Newman, the quotation to celebrate him comes from the novel, Death Comes for the Archbishop, written by Willa Cather, one of our Nebraska treasures.  Newman has always been known as a great philosopher, theologian, poet, and man of letters, but now through the two miracles that have been attributed to his beatification and now canonization, we can certainly say that Newman is a man of great love as well.  It is interesting to note that while Newman lived his entire life in England, there is great admiration for him in the States. In fact, both of the verified miracles that support him being recognized as a saint, occurred here. 

St. John Henry Newman, pray for us!

-Father Matya


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The Newman Center has been such a powerful and pivotal place for me. My faith truly wouldn’t be what it is without having the Newman to mold me these years in college.
— Katie H., student