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A Publication Of Penn NEWMAN | Serving The University of Pennsylvania

Fall 2018

The Newman Center at st. Agatha - st. james Heart Speaks To Heart

the Newman Center FALL 2018

THE BUZZ IN MEXICO

ISLAND OF ZEN

ADVENTURE IN AFRICA

SWEET LIFE IN THE MAYAN RIVIERA

EXPLORING JAPAN'S SHOKUKO

A DAD AND HIS TEEN IN TANZANIA


F ROM THE NEW M A N  DIRECTOR exciting time. We just finished renovations of the Lower Level of the Church, which are fantastic and are being used by many students at our Newman dinners, after Mass socials and during the week. And we will begin renovations of our new Newman Center building in the coming months in preparation for the beginning of next school year! We have also recently added a new team of four FOCUS missionaries, who have brought new energy to our Fall outreach push. We are so grateful for the history and traditions of these last 125 years, and we could not be more excited for what the future has in store. I want to thank you for your generous support, which is so essential in allowing us to serve such incredible students in these fundamental years of their lives. 

TRAEH

We are embarking on our 125th year at a very

Patrick Travers ptraver7@newman.upenn.edu

Speaks to

TRAEH

FROM THE FOCUS TEAM LEADER As a Philly native and after serving three years at Columbia University, I am so happy to return home to do the work that I love in the city that I love at the University of Pennsylvania! My team and I have been received with open arms into a vibrant, faith-filled community and are so excited to get be a part of such a beautiful ministry. My three teammates and I are fulltime missionaries, dedicated to inviting Penn students into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church and equipping them for a life-time of discipleship and evangelization.  We pray that Jesus will continue to bear fruit in this ministry and on campus!  

Sarah Judge

Contact

sarah.judge@focus.org

Web: newman.upenn.edu Location: 111 South 38th St, Third Floor Philadelphia PA 19104 @penncatholic @penncatholic newmancommunity


MINISTRY BY THE DIGITS Sources: FOCUS.org, Chaplain's Survey, CARA 20%

SP I RI TUAL I TY

OF CATHOLICS LOSE THEIR FAITH BY THE TIME THEY GRADUATE COLLEGE

80% 80%

10%

90% Retreats

OF CATHOLIC STUDENTS ATTEND SECULAR COLLEGES

90%

30%

OF STUDENTS WHO PRACTICE THEIR FAITH IN COLLEGE STAY CATHOLIC THROUGHOUT ADULTHOOD

70% 70%

C A T H O L I C S

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INCOMING PENN FRESHMEN IDENTIFY AS CATHOLIC OF ALL 5K CATHOLICS ON CAMPUS ATTEND SUNDAY MASS

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SERVICE

ATTEND NEWMAN PROGRAMS

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Small Groups

PARTICIPATE IN SMALL GROUPS

16 COMMIT TO A YEAR OF SERVICE ON THE LEADERSHIP TEAM


CELEBRATING 125 YEARS 1893 Timothy Harrington enrolls as a medical student at Penn and founds the first Newman Club one year later.

1960 Inspired by Penn Newman, over 494 clubs are registered across the country with over

1801

45,000 members.

Blessed John Henry Newman is born.

1883 Founding of the Melvin Club (the club that inspired Harrington’s

1918

formation of the

Archbishop

Newman Club). The

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first members smoked

Newman Hall on

cigars, ate oysters, and

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talked about the faith.

I’m constantly inspired by my friends’ passion and dedication

Each week, I look forward to Fridays - the day of Newman’s

that they put into growing our ministry at Newman. Whether it

Christ in the City homeless outreach streetwalks. During

Nov. 18

is through leading a rich conversation during a bible study,

outreach, groups go to different areas of Philadelphia to

Thanksgiving Potluck

Dec. 12

Carols By Candlelight

open arms. I’m certain that this sentiment is shared by the

Per Trip

students who have called Newman their “home” for the past An Ecumenical

Her

households, or cultivating a culture of authenticity and

Being a part of CIC has taught me the importance of providing

openness at Newman Dinner - the people in this community

for both people’s material and spiritual needs. We give those

have welcomed me and many others into their family with

we encounter food and resource guides, but we also provide

our brothers and sisters on the street with friendship. CIC has Hearts

full of

allowed me to live out my faith each week in a way I couldn’t

praise

have imagined before becoming involved in Newman.

125 years, and I’m confident that this ministry will continue to thrive for years to come.Service

Courtney Butterworth, C'21

Calendar

Nov. 2-4

Dec. 27-1.9

fostering brotherhood or sisterhood through community

interact with and assist those experiencing homelessness.

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John Ortega, C'20

Nov. 11

Homecoming Brunch Welcome back home


Of The Newman Legacy

2019 The Inauguration of the 2011 The Newman Center joins

1970 The Newman Center is built along Chestnut St. and serves

St. Agatha-St. James, the oldest Catholic Church in

new Newman Center on 38th + Sansom and 125th Year of Penn Newman commences.

West Philadelphia.

students for nearly five decades.

2014

2010

The Penn and Drexel

Cardinal John Henry

Newman ministries are

Newman is beatified

entrusted to the

by Pope Benedict

Sodalitium Brothers by

XVI.

Archbishop Chaput.

Coming from the Philippines to live and study in the US, I knew it will be difficult to keep my Filipino culture and values, especially our Catholic identity. This is especially true at a secular university like Penn that is also ranked the #1

Tell us about YOUR time at Newman and

party school by Playboy Magazine. Little did I know though

what you're up to now! We would love to

that it will actually be in Penn where I will grow my faith. I

hear from you. Email our Development

found a new home in Newman wherein the religious brothers and students became my family. They continuously push me to become a better person – and a better Filipino. Thanks to

Coordinator, Julie O'Donnell at jodonnell@saintsaj.org.

Penn and Newman, I can go back to my country knowing that my intellect, values, and Catholic identity have all grown.

Eugene Enclona, SEAS'21

Nov. 18

Thanksgiving Potluck Hearts full of praise

Dec. 12

Carols By Candlelight An Ecumenical Service

Dec. 27-1.9

Peru Mission Trip Here I am, Lord


Penn t  Peru Finding God Amongst The Poor

What were the biggest takeaways from your experience of cultural immersion in Peru? The people of Illupa had so little compared to our American standard, but they were happy. Their work was backbreaking and they worked all day, but they still loved their families and had time for leisure. They lived with a simple joy and gratitude each day. I was taken by the inner strength of the villagers. They had each other, they had God, and that was enough. In America, we feel a need to consume and to do and to hurry. In Illupa, they only needed to be, and that was enough.

How did this mission trip impact your faith? This trip lead me outside of myself and my comfort zone. God let me live a simple life to

"They had each other, they had God, and that was enough.

remind me what is truly important: Him. I gained a new appreciation and understanding of the basic actions of man, the three actions that are at his center: Labor, Every winter break Newman and Creatio team up to bring

Leisure, and Love. I realized that there were so many things in

students to Peru to serve the poor in the Andes. Last year Joe

my life that overcomplicated those things, and God took me to

Dembik (C'18) traveled to the mountain village of Illupa to

Peru to show me what truly mattered.

clean cookstoves for the locals. Many villagers were sick from inhaling smoke inhalation, but their mission wasn't just meeting

How has the mission trip made a lasting impact on you?

a physical need: students shared their faith in the remote area,

In one word, simplicity. I wanted to bring a spirit of simplicity

reaching not just into homes but into hearts.

to my life. I wanted to bring Love, Labor, and Leisure more purely into my life. That meant doing only the things that really

Why did you decide to go on this mission trip?

mattered to me, buying only what I really needed, and putting

The semester before the trip I was in rough place. I had just

God above all else. We said the Liturgy of the Hours every

ended a relationship, and I was not sure of myself or where

morning and night of the trip, and that is a habit I continue to

God was calling me to be. I had friends who did the trip the

this day.

By Joe Dembik, C'18

year before and spoke of a beautiful country and a deep spiritual experience. I thought the trip would pull me out of my normal life to a place where I could focus on serving others and listening for God’s voice, and it certainly did.

Were you able to form meaningful relationships with the communities in Peru and the people you traveled with? We missionaries started our journey together as strangers from around the world but ended it as friends. We lived a simple life together: praying, cooking, working, and living together in community. As for the Peruvian people we encountered, they were excited to have us. They welcomed us into their homes and appreciated our visits. The children enjoyed having us as playmates; we taught each other games and laughed often.

We would like to dedicate this issue to Madison Pedrotty, a participant on this mission trip and pictured in the photo above with her brother, Dominic. Madison graduated from Penn in 2017 and was an active member at Penn Newman. She passed away unexpectedly in June 2018, and we continue to pray for Dominic's full recovery.


PARENT TESTIMONY James & Christine Armetta PARENTS OF VINCENT (C'20) AND NICHOLAS (C'21) ARMETTA

Penn Newman has been a wonderful experience for Vincent and Nicholas and as parents, we see this as an invaluable asset to their growth as Catholic men. We raised our children in the Catholic Faith and faithfully attended Mass every week as a family. As our children went to college and moved out of the home, we worried about how they would remain grounded in their faith. Penn Newman was the answer to our prayers! Our sons spend a great deal of time at Newman attending and leading small groups and cooking burgers at various events. They still attend mass every week, and it is nice to know that they are branching out with their faith and searching for other ways to grow as Catholic men. We love knowing that our kids Vince and Nick, the "Burger Bros"

are spending time with other young adults who feel free to practice their Catholic faith in a warm and comforting environment.

We became Penn Parents three years ago when Vincent entered Penn as a freshman. Vincent spoke so highly of the camaraderie, bonding, and fun that he experienced at the freshman retreat and the people he met at Newman that when Nicholas entered Penn the next year, he couldn't wait to join as well. Although it was hard to let our boys go to college a week earlier than required, we felt a sense of peace when we dropped them off at the retreat. It was like we were leaving them with God!

Their experience has been so positive for them that they have begun to include their sister, Jacqueline (a high school senior) in some of their events as well. Jacqueline has even added Newman Center participation to her college search criteria! As a family we chose to support Penn Newman to promote the continuance of the important work this ministry has done not only for our children but for many other young adults as well.

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