Our mission as a Catholic student parish is to know and love Jesus Christ, to discover His Will in our lives, and to serve Him and His Church on our campus and in the world.
LITURGY AND MUSIC
As a Catholic parish, the celebration of the sacraments is central to our mission. The Newman Center’s Liturgies and Music Ministries include the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Confessions and daily Eucharistic Adoration. Special liturgies include an annual Eucharistic Procession through UNL’s city campus, Praise and Worship nights and Marian consecrations. Our liturgical celebrations strive to reflect their heavenly splendor. Students actively participate with music and choir programs and serve as acolytes, lectors and readers.
Our most recent Ash Wednesday services counted 3,000 in attendance alone! Increasing the church’s seating capacity from 300 to 650 seats was critical and has significantly increased our ability to accommodate those in attendance.
EVANGELIZATION AND CATECHESIS
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. We offer a variety of opportunities for personal growth, including free courses on Sacred Scripture, Morality, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, as well as courses for credit through the Newman Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture.
A cornerstone of our evangelization and catechetical efforts is the FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) program. Within their weekly Bible studies, students delve into the mystery of Christ’s love found in Sacred Scripture, while forming small-group communities of fellowship and support. For students interested in joining the Church, the Newman Center offers a dynamic RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) program, welcoming students into the Faith each Easter. Forty college students were welcomed into full communion with the Catholic Church during the 2017 Easter Vigil.
Community & Fellowship
One of the joys of living our Catholic Faith is sharing it in a supportive parish community. Our Community and Fellowship Ministries at the Newman Center foster a growing Catholic community among college students at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Through weekly socials, a formal dinner or dance, becoming a member of Pi Alpha Chi Sorority or Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity, serving on the student board, or participating in one of our championship intramural sports teams, students can meet peers with similar morals and values while having a lot of fun! These are memories that last a lifetime.
SERVICE AND MISSION
At the Newman Center our Service and Mission Ministries address an integral component to a student’s growth in charity by helping them to live the Beatitudes. Because individual interests and charisms vary, students have a variety of opportunities to be of service to the elderly, mentally challenged, unborn and impoverished within our own community, across the country and around the world. Students from the Newman Center attend the National March for Life in Washington, D.C. in support of the unborn and participate in Nebraska’s Walk for Life a week later. During spring break each March, groups of Newman Center students travel to numerous locations throughout the United States to assist the Apostolates apostolates of the Sisters of Charity and the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in their ministries to the impoverished.