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My time at the Newman Center has been a time for me to find who I am in the Father's eyes. These last three years provided me with a loving, fun community which pushed me to go deeper into my faith and to really discover all the beauty that the Catholic Church has to offer.
The St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center means more to me than I could put into words. My heart will forever be grateful for this beautiful center because it saved my life.
I met the sisters on move in day my freshman year and honestly, I completely blew them off. I didn't walk into the Newman Center by my own free will for over a year and a half after that.
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.
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.
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!
Words cannot even begin to describe how grateful I am to the Lord for the gift of the Newman Center and everyone He has placed there. Before coming to college I thought I had life 'figured out'. I had amazing grades, multiple jobs, and I was the president of many clubs. I was everything that society tells us we need to be in order to be 'successful'. However nothing seemed to be enough, I always wanted more.
The Newman Center has meant many things for me, but it can easily be described as life changing. The friendships I have built, the family atmosphere, and most importantly my relationship with God...
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.
"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...."
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.
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...