John Henry Newman and Campus Ministry

“Make me preach Thee without preaching — not by words, but by my example and by the catching force, the sympathetic influence, of what I do — by my visible resemblance to Thy saints, and the evident fullness of the love which my heart bears to Thee.”

St. John Henry Newman

“Stay with me, and then I shall begin to shine as Thou shinest: so to shine as to be a light to others. The light, O Jesus, will be all from Thee. None of it will be mine. No merit to me. It will be Thou who shinest through me upon others”

St. John Henry Newman

The Lock Haven Newman Center is part of a wider network of campus ministries founded in the late 19th century and inspired by the writings of St. John Henry Newman, an English priest and cardinal of the Catholic Church. Although Newman was the most intellectually gifted Catholic thinker of his century, he was also a man of deep feeling and heartfelt piety. He was a devoted pastor and concerned with the academic and spiritual growth of college students. Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed him a saint in 2019. His feast day is October 9.

The first Newman Center opened in 1893 at the University of Pennsylvania, and today there are hundreds of Newman Centers at campuses across the United States.

For an introduction to Newman’s life and work, check out these videos.