The Newman Catholic Center’s Emblem

The Newman Catholic Center’s Emblem

Our mission is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and form disciples for His Church. We live out that mission with college aged students on the campuses of Rutgers University - Newark, the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), and Essex County College. We accomplish that mission through an invitation to connect, encounter, pray, grow, and serve.

About Newman Catholic

For years, through the grace of God, Newman Catholic has been dedicated to serving the students at Rutgers University - Newark, the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), and Essex County College.

In response to Jesus Christ’s call to make disciples of all nations and the prompting of the Holy Spirit, the Newman Catholic Campus Ministry at University Heights empowers college students to form authentic Christian community, celebrates the diverse expressions of the Catholic faith, and helps students discern their vocation as disciples of Jesus for the Church and for the world.

Newman Catholic is a place where all young adult college students are invited to encounter Jesus Christ. Through a relationship with Jesus, they learn more about themselves and their call to build up the Church on their campus, in their parish, and in the world. Newman Catholic proclaims the Catholic faith in both words and deeds, encouraging contemplation and action in the lives of students.

As a part of the Newman Apostolate of the Archdiocese of Newark, Newman Catholic has been actively ministering to the campus for over 50 years and is named, like many other Catholic Ministry centers at public universities across the United States, in honor of Blessed John Henry Newman, a 19th century Cardinal whose ideas laid the foundation for Catholic Campus Ministry. While we proudly come from the Catholic perspective, we invite and welcome students from any, or no, faith background to explore the big questions of life with us.

What We Offer

Newman Catholic offers weekly opportunities for worship, service, community, and faith formation. Check out our Schedule for upcoming events and opportunities to get involved.

Why is Campus Ministry Important?

For most students, college is the first time they are away from their families and confronted with complete freedom to make their own decisions. The college experience is full of new beginnings and explorations which can be both positive and negative. Here are some staggering statistics about college students:

  • 65% of college students begin college as a Christian and leave without a faith

  • More than 50% of college students drink alcohol on a regular basis including binge drinking

  • 31% of students report missing class due to drugs or alcohol

  • 22% of students report failing an exam or essay due to drugs and alcohol

  • More than 25% of students suffer from a sexual transmitted disease

Campus ministry serves as a guide during the college experience to help students grow in faith and intellect as well as form lasting friendships and enjoy this unique time in their lives.

Newman Catholic is fully committed to providing a unique, positive, and memorable option during a student’s college experience and ensuring that students will enter their communities and home parishes as crucial and positively influential members.


Students at an Intercollegiate Retreat

Students at an Intercollegiate Retreat

Authentic community is an essential aspect of the "Heart to Heart" spirituality inspired by Blessed John Henry Newman. We all look for true love and long-lasting friendship. Far from being a mere club or group of people with common interests, the Newman Catholic Community strives to be an example, a shining light on our university campuses, of the true communion and inter-personal unity which has its foundation not in us, but in God himself. 

It is in community that our love finds its unique and proper expression.

"Thus community becomes "Schola Amoris," a School of Love, for young people and for adults -- a school in which all learn to love God, to love the brothers and sisters with whom they live, and to love humanity, which is in great need of God's mercy and of fraternal solidarity” (Fraternal Life In Community, 25).

If you are looking for opportunities to meet young men and women who form part of this community, we have a number of activities for you to attend! Check out our Events to learn more!