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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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"The Newman Institute went beyond presenting facts and knowledge and encouraged us to be seekers of truth." -Tessa Contrares, Psychology Major


2017-2018: Fully known, fully loved

Theme Reflection, by Father Robert Matya

During the summer recess, I had the opportunity, as I do each year, to make an annual retreat. I look forward to this restful week as it proves to be a great spiritual boost. Last summer’s retreat was preached by Father Alexander Sherbrooke, a priest from the Archdiocese of Westminster, England. There is one statement he made during the retreat that kept coming back to me afterwards. 

“In the end, what we all desire is to be fully known and fully loved.”  

Sounds simple enough, right? But there are so many who struggle with this in their day-to-day lives.

If you think about it, to be fully loved by someone without that person fully knowing everything about you can be superficial. It can leave us with the temptation to think, “Would this person really love me if they knew this secret about me?” And to be fully known by someone and having that lead to rejection rather than love can be a great fear. So we have chosen this as our Newman Center theme for the year. I encourage everyone to reflect on the profoundness of this message.

The Newman Center is my second home, home-away-from-home. The students here are family. I am so glad to be Catholic and have this amazing community!
— Elizabeth T., student