Newman Catholic Student Association is a community for Catholic students to grow deeper in faith and fellowship together.
Why do you think your organization is important and meaningful on campus?
Every person has a set of beliefs that form their identity — for many people on this campus, that identity comes from faith, and in understanding what you believe, we can come to better understand ourselves. Faith, especially the Catholic faith, is something that demands a community and having peers that can help you grow together. Newman is that place for Catholics to find others that you can delve deeper into your faith and, really, your own self.
How did you decide to take on your role as Vice President of Newman?
Being Catholic has always been very important to me, and I ran to be Vice President because my abilities are scattered, and I felt that I was most useful as the kind of person who can help out wherever help is needed. I always wanted to help make Newman grow as a place for Catholics to grow closer together and in their faith, and I knew that this was a place that I could try to do that from.
How does your work with Newman give you the opportunity to use your gifts and passions?
Faith is already one of my deepest passions, but I am also a generally calm person, which allows me to work with people and deal with conflicts in a way that placates situations. I work with a lot of different people’s ideas and plans, and my abilities in dealing with people as well as my expressions of faith come through in the work we do in our club.
Why do you think your organization makes a difference in this world?
Besides practical things like the charitable organizations we contribute to as an organization, I think the biggest difference we make in the world is helping to form people with a stronger sense of their own identity as they enter the realm of the world, by building true, genuine friendships, and growing closer to God.
Anything to say for students who might want to join this club?
If you’ve been hesitating because you don’t know if you’ll find people like you, don’t give up quickly. If you want to have fellowship with other Catholics, there’s something here for everyone, whether you want to pray, play sports, learn, teach, watch movies, or hang out and play pool. Monday nights at 7:15 PM in Frizzell Room of Pasquerilla Spiritual Center is where our general body meets, but we have stuff going on practically all week that you can get plugged into depending on your interests!