Golf 'Fore!' the Newman Center

The Newman Center had it’s annual golf tournament at ArborLinks on May 19th and 20th. Many enjoyed a casual round of golf on Sunday and stayed the night before participating in the main event on Monday. Though it was a little chilly, 35 teams enjoyed the game and each other’s company and had great food and drink, all while supporting the Newman Center’s ministries. Throughout the day, participants had the opportunity to make a gift of support to the 20k Matching Gift Challenge, as well. The proceeds from this match will help us prepare for when students arrive back on campus this August.

 

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IMPACT: Share your Stories for Give to Lincoln Day!

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In conjunction with this years’ Give to Lincoln Day on May 30, we want you to tell us about it! Simply fill out the form below so we can share your impact story with others.

Don’t forget to get your give your G2LD donation before May 30, 2019! It will be matched, dollar for dollar, and stretched by a matching fund by LFC.

Tell us your stories of inspiration, holiness and impact through the ministries at the Newman Center!

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Encounter in the Mile High City

Enjoy a short interview with Katelyn, who travelled to Denver with a group of other HuskerCatholic students to work with Christ in the City last month over spring break!

 
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Katelyn Pick, UNL class of 2020  |  Hometown: Columbus, Nebraska

WHAT DID YOU DO?  
We walked the streets having conversations with people! I was hesitant at first but towards the end of the week, I was excited to have meaningful conversations with them. (In some ways, I think I got more out of our conversations than they did!) Sometimes we aren't able to offer resources or financial help but what we can all do is offer up a conversation to someone who might need it or just be someone they can talk too.

WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF?  
I learned that God didn't put us on earth for ourselves. He put us here in order to serve him and our fellow neighbors in any way that we can.

STORY TIME!  
My group had just finished eating lunch on our last day and we were walking around looking for people to talk to. We started walking one way when we heard a voice yell, "STOP!" A homeless man using crutches quickly came up to us. He told us that he was on the way to the doctor because he had just found out he had stage five cancer and did not have much time left. Together, we prayed to Our Lady, and he gave the missionary we were with his phone number. "Call whenever," he said, "I'd love to pray with you another time or with anyone who needs it. That's what I'm dedicating the rest of my life to." This experience brought tears to my eyes because he didn't want anything from us other than to simply pray. This man was so sick, but so full of God and life!

Nebraskans overtake CIC!

Nebraskans overtake CIC!

The Sisters of Life Visit the Good Life

The Newman Center was blessed with a visit from the Sisters of Life from New York City March 28th-30th! Sr. Bethany Madonna, Sr. Faustina, and Sr. Lumen spent a few days getting to know our students and offering time for spiritual direction, prayer, and even hosted a ladies morning of reflection! Sr. Bethany Madonna spoke on “Secrets of the Saints: Living Fully Alive in Today’s Culture” which the public, as well as our students, were invited to attend. You can watch her talk below.

Stepping Stones

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By Madelaine C., freshman

I remember the first time I stepped foot in the Newman Center. It was my senior year of high school, and we were visiting for a retreat. I remember quickly walking around the building, and not really paying attention to where I was going. That was a recurring theme for me back then: not paying attention.

I liked the time I spent there, but I never felt like I could fit in to a place like that. The college students there scared me because they seemed so devoted to their faith and I feared I couldn’t relate to them. We left that retreat that day, and I didn’t think about it much after that.

It took me a long time to even think about where to go to college. I was so unsure of my future that it gave me anxiety to ponder it. Graduating high school forced me to decide, and I remember the only reason I chose to come to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln was because my sister went there. That’s it. I didn't even go on a single college visit. While that is not the smartest advice in planning for the future, the fact that I blindly chose UNL was my saving grace.

“…the fact that I blindly chose UNL was my saving grace.”

I don’t want to get ahead of myself though. My first semester of college was still rough. I had to pay for my education myself and I did not get as much financial aid as I needed. I had to skip out on living in the dorms, which was also basically skipping out on a college social life.  

We learned at Catholic high school, that coming into college we emerging adults had primarily two choices: be hyperactive in your religion or ditch it all together. Neither of those sounded great to me. I was strong in what I believed in but I didn’t understand why or have a drive to know more. In fact, my first two weeks here, I avoided stepping into the Newman Center at all costs. My heart and mind were being pulled in so many ways that they all canceled each other out, and I felt nothing. I could sum up the beginning of my first semester in one word: confused.  

But honey, I had a big storm coming. 

A few weeks later, I finally stepped foot into the building. Granted, it was to use the restroom, but I was there! Eventually, I would walk in and sit on the couches. That progressed into kind of reading the pamphlets in the lobby, and then days later, I visited the Marian chapel for a five minute adoration. Five minutes!  

This progression was nice, but part of me still felt like I didn’t belong. I felt as if I wasn’t holy enough to be there. Everyone there already knew each other and I was alone. It was as if everyone I met had their own group of friends, and couldn’t make room to care about me. I felt alone for a long time, but as most of us know, the Lord answers prayers. The next big step that the Lord made in my life was joining a Bible study. It was the most random sequence of events that led up to it, but through this study, I finally started feeling a sense of community.

“The next big step that the Lord made in my life was joining a Bible study.”

Through this study I began to open up and actually feel God start to transform me. It started with me trying to answer questions with my “Catholic School” knowledge, but it somehow always led to vulnerable admittances and conversations with this group of women, who I didn’t even really know. Through this study, I was encouraged to pray more frequently and go to Mass more often. I learned how the Father loves me and how I don’t have to prove myself to Him. Bible study changed my life.

I also opened my eyes to the reality of the bigger Newman Center community. I learned firsthand how the people here, though sometimes intimidating, are the nicest people on the planet. They were always welcoming; it was I that had my doors closed and locked. The reason I was lonely wasn’t on the other people that “didn’t let me in,” it was on me. I did not make myself vulnerable to new friendships. I can’t stress enough that in coming to the Newman Center, God laid out all of the opportunities I would need. It was I that refused to see them.

“…it was I that had my doors closed and locked.”

Since then, I have made wonderful friends and have really taken advantage of what the Newman Center has to offer. Thinking back, I can relate my time so far in college to a person trying to cross a river. It could be so easy to fall in and float with the mainstream, but we were not made for comfort. The Lord has set out stepping stones for all of us to cross. The Newman Center has become one of the biggest stones laid out in my path. Though I know I am bound to slip and fall in sometimes, I am confident that I can always find my footing here. The journey across the river into a deeper relationship with God is difficult but always fruitful. We just need to take a chance on God and take that first leap.

 “The Newman Center has become one of the biggest stones laid out in my path.”