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NC Register: Students Keep the Faith Thanks to Newman Dorms

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — For Matthew Drysdale, a Catholic student attending the University of North Florida, Frassati Newman Hall was a godsend for his faith and academic career.

“Overall, it has been a fantastic experience,” the Catholic civil-engineering major said of his life in Catholic faith-based student housing while attending a secular university. Drysdale told the Register that the hall is a “welcoming” and “laid-back” community comprised of Catholics and non-Catholics with similar values; a chapel is open 24/7, where sacraments like Mass and confession and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament are readily available. Weekly events bring residents together, from Bible study to going to sports events.

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Wall Street Journal: Religious Dorms Sprout Up

TROY, Ala.—Justice Gray, an incoming college freshman who attends church regularly and abstains from alcohol, wasn’t keen on living in a dorm full of partyers. So she opted for a new housing option that just made its debut at Troy University, a public college here: a faith-based residence hall.

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Inside Higher Ed: Residence Halls Get Religion

The new Phi Kappa Theta fraternity house at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln has a defining characteristic: most of its members identify with the Roman Catholic Church.

The fraternity – on private property that is considered part of campus, but opened, owned and operated by the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Newman Center at the university – is already filled to capacity, with about 65 beds claimed. The fraternity itself has existed for a half-dozen years, but this is the first time its members have enjoyed their own housing.

“That’s been the remarkable thing, is that even without the living space, there has been this demand,” Nebraska Dean of Students Matt Hecker said.

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HuffPo: Catholic Dorms Debut

Two secular universities will offer dorms specifically for Catholic students in 2013’s fall semester.

Florida Institute of Technology, a private research institution, broke ground on the Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Student Residence last month. The Catholic News Service reports a similar groundbreaking ceremony at the Texas A&M University-Kingsville for St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center, which includes a dormitory and chapel, in October.

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