Welcome to Newman!
Newman at Penn State
Blessed John Henry Newman grew up in England in the 1800s as a member of the Anglican Church, but after much searching, found the Catholic faith to be the closest one to the truth. Following this discovery he converted to Catholicism and eventually became a Catholic priest focused on the truth in today’s world and has become a key philosopher and Catholic writer for us today.
In the late 19th century to early 20th century, along with a few other universities, Penn State was at the forefront of the “Newman” club movement, after Blessed John Henry Newman, of course! Since then, many Newman clubs have been formed all across the country to promote the Catholic faith even in universities which are not strictly Catholic, but so that the Catholic students could have a place where they could share and grow in their faith.
Newman is like a family. We all help each other grow in our faith, encourage one another and support our members as they brave the perils and challenges of college life. Whether you are a freshman just arriving or a senior just getting involved, Newman will be there to support you on your faith journey with weekly meetings, bible studies, social events and sports events. We also believe in supporting the faith of others even outside of the university community by visiting assisted living centers, volunteering, raising money for THON and many other activities.
In the words of Blessed John Henry Newman:
“I have a mission; I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons; He has not created me for naught.
“I shall do good—I shall do his work. I shall be an angel of peace while not intending it if I do but keep his commandments. Therefore, I will trust him.”
So come to a meeting, see what you think! We welcome you to our Newman family!