St. Johns Catholic Newman Center @ University of Illinois
St. Johns is the largest Catholic Campus Ministry of its kind in the U.S. Their Newman Hall, the model we are scaling, is a coed residence hall (separate floors) that provides all of the necessary space for authentic Catholic formation on a secular campus. St. John’s Catholic Chapel is physically attached to Newman Hall and serves over 5,000 students during its weekend masses.
Proving that faith based living environments can deepen your faith and your relationship with God, over the past 10 years, over 84 men and women have gone on from St. Johns to study at a seminary or convent.
It is our mission at the Newman Student Housing Fund to build these types of facilities where students can live their faith on secular college campuses all across the U.S.
Why Faith-Based Housing?
We’re very excited about the project. It fits both the mission and vision of the university. This campus has great potential to become a residential living and learning environment for our students to grow academically, socially, psychologically and spiritually.
“It’s a connection made in heaven. We were going to build the Newman Center, but to add the housing – made possible through the Newman Student Housing Fund – it became the seamless garment approach for these young people. It’s giving them the opportunity to develop the whole person – not only intellectual, but spiritual development as well. They’re in an environment to support their faith — that protects and nourishes their faith all along.”
I did live on campus freshman year. It was great, but housing here is different, because you really do know everyone here. I've already made so many friends -- people I didn't even know.