The Mission of the St. John Paul II Newman Center is to be a
Home for many hearts to know the depth of God's Love, and a School to form authentic witnesses
to love truth and life.
We pray that with God's help we are able to be a home of encountering the great Love God has for each of His children. To provide a place to be formed in the truth to grow in relationship with God and your peers and to make of yourself a gift for God and others.
Take a moment to hear what students are saying...
"As a freshman, I was always stressing about the future and very focused on myself. With the inspiration and accountability of the Newman family and by the grace of God, I was able to develop a prayer life and started receiving the graces the Church has to offer (like Mass and the Reconciliation) a lot more often. These changes in my life have brought me more peace and more joy...."
I am eternally grateful that the Lord brought me to the Newman Center during the time I spent at Illinois State...I have a greater understanding of myself as the beloved daughter of a merciful Father. In a time of my life where I had to make many fundamental choices about the future, the Newman Center was a place where I could receive the guidance that I needed...
Discovering the lasting joy of trying to live a life for Christ - for someone and something so much greater than myself - has given me a sense of purpose in life and taken me on adventures greater than I ever could have imagined!
Although my time at the Newman Center was short, it has impacted me greatly. It has provided me with a place to be around other college students who are also running towards the Lord.
I have learned much more about the faith that I ever thought I would in my life. The Koinonia retreat I went on was probably the most pivotal moment in my life, and I want to thank the Newman Center from the bottom of my heart for encouraging me to go on the retreats and share!
The Newman Center has become a safe haven for me and more like a second home...I started attending Treasures to learn more about my faith, but I ended up finding a lot more than that. I discovered a community of people who accept people where they are in life, who are striving to be better Catholics, and who support each other in becoming a better and holier person of themselves.
What St. JPII Catholic Newman Center has meant to me is light. It has meant building friendships and community around God. It gave me a presence when I felt alone, and a helping hand to pick me up when I have fallen.
To me, the St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center has been my home and school where I have grown in love with God, come to realize His plan for my life, begun healing from wounds I did not even know that I had, and learned how to give and accept authentic love.
God has a plan for me, and it is my job to discover His great plan by living fully in the “now” and use the gifts he has given me. The friendships I have made here are ones that I will always have because they are rooted in Christ. I will always hold the Newman Center dear in my heart because this is the place where I first truly encountered
God’s infinite love.