Newman Center does more than Bible studies

Catholic group arpires to make itself a home for students

By Patrick Fleming
On November 3, 2016

Photo contributed from Newman Center
Members of Newman Center enjoy their day at the ASU Lake house.

There are many organizations that a great amount of students are completely unaware of, such as the Newman Catholic Student Center.

“The goal is to make this place a home away from home,” Reverend Francis Onyekozuru said. “It’s to empower young adults into lifelong leaders and Catholics.”

The Newman Center has been a part of San Angelo since 1965 with the goal of providing the services of a Christian church to students.

The Newman Center meets regularly for Masses on Sundays and Mondays at 6:30 p.m., and Wednesdays and Fridays at noon.

For “The Rock” service, members meet Wednesdays at 8 p.m. for music and worship.

With close to 100 students participating, the organization does more than regular church processions. They also participate in volunteer work around the community, helping those in need.

Once a month, the group comes together at the ASU Lakehouse for a non-religious event. This month, they plan to have a “Fire & Faith Cookout.”

Every third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m., the members meet at Original Henry’s Diner to discuss God and controversial topics involving Christianity.

Since July first, the church was granted its first full-time priest, Reverend Onyekozuru. He has been rigorously working to spread awareness of the Newman Center.

“We are trying to provide a worship, intellectual and a study atmosphere for [the students], putting in as much work as they can and have fun while doing it.” Reverend Onyekozuru said.

Students and others are encouraged to stop by and ask any biblical questions they may have.

Though it may be seen as a lot of work, the Newman Center is really seen as a place to relax and play games. Free Wi-Fi is also offered.

For anyone who is just looking for a place to hang out, the Newman Center is open every day to those whose only desire is to relax.

Free dinners are offered Mondays at 7 p.m., and lunch on Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:30 p.m.

Free coffee is also offered Monday through Friday at 7 a.m.

The Newman Center is located at 2451 Dena Drive. They can also be located online at catholicram.org.

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