Newman Centers2020-09-16T22:26:27+00:00

We Will Ignite the Faith on College Campuses

Newman Centers are a vibrant home for Catholics students at public universities in our Diocese. With daily Mass, study, and community-building events, the work at Newman Centers help young people encounter Christ and live out their faith dynamically.

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Newman Centers

$10 Million Total

The college years are the most formative years for young adults. Research tells us 80% of people who leave the faith do so by the age of 23. Studies also show that within 72 hours on a college campus, a majority of students have found the friends they will have for the next four years. In the Diocese of Phoenix, Catholic young adults have expressed a hunger for Christ, as our Newman Center programming is rapidly outgrowing their current buildings.

The Together Let Us Go Forth ~ Juntos Sigamos Adelante Campaign will provide opportunities for young adults to go deeper in their faith by strengthening and expanding the Newman Centers at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and Grand Canyon University. At each of these Newman Centers students have opportunities to attend daily Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, Confession, young adult faith formation and have access to a priest. Most importantly students are in an environment that cultivates a deepening relationship with Jesus.

Grand Canyon University? Isn’t that an Evangelical school?2017-02-01T16:15:29+00:00

Yes! Grand Canyon University was founded as an evangelical protestant university. The Diocese has worked hard to forge strong relationships to assist GCU in meeting the spiritual needs of Catholics within their student body.

What types of projects do the Newman Centers hope to accomplish?2017-02-01T16:16:00+00:00

Each center has specific goals based on their unique needs, and the mission of the Church. These range from buildings to host social events and prayer opportunities to enrichment programs that give opportunities for students to better integrate their faith in the public square.

I don’t have any children in college. Why support a Newman Center?2017-02-01T16:15:51+00:00

Newman Centers were established at universities in our Diocese to respond to the sacramental and communal needs of Catholic young adults on non-catholic campuses. While you may not have a student who would directly benefit from a Newman Center, the programs offered aim to help young people integrate the higher education they receive with their Catholic faith. These students will become active leaders in our communities and parishes alike.

$4.25 Million to Northern Arizona University

NAU serves over 4,000 Catholics on a campus of 21,000 students. The Holy Trinity Newman Center chapel cannot hold the number of students who attend Sunday Mass. In an effort to provide outreach to a growing student population, new, larger buildings are needed to be instruments in strengthening students’ relationship with God.

$4.25 Million to Arizona State University

At ASU it is not uncommon to find 2,500 young adults attending weekend Masses from the 40,000 students who live on campus. A thriving campus ministry program has brought maximum participation to the All Saints Newman Center. This rapid growth has resulted in a need for expanding their facilities to a multi-level building adding much-needed facilities for classrooms and meeting space as well as a priest rectory.

$1.5 Million to Grand Canyon University

At GCU Catholics have no permanent place to celebrate Mass or to invite students to come and meet other Catholics. With funding from the Together Let Us Go Forth ~ Juntos Sigamos Adelante Campaign, every Catholic who attends Grand Canyon University will have the opportunity to engage their faith and fellow Catholics through a newly developed campus ministry building.

Help College Students Truly Live Out Their Faith

As our young adults leave home for the first time, let us ensure that they can encounter a strong and supportive Catholic faith community to call their own. Together, let us strengthen and empower our Newman Centers to help young people encounter the living Christ.

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