Aug 20-22nd

80% of Catholics lose their faith by the age of 23. We won't let that happen to you.

What Is NOVUS?

NOVUS means "new beginnings" in Latin. Each August before New Student Orientation, incoming students are encouraged to sign up for this Catholic retreat to kick off this new season in their life. Many of our current student leaders went on NOVUS, and many more have expressed how valuable this retreat was in helping them start their academic career at Penn. Not only does NOVUS give you the chance to meet some of your fellow peers in a smaller group setting, but you get to interact with upperclassmen and staff as well.

What You Need To Know

The retreat is held at our center on 38th and Chestnut, providing you with the opportunity to become comfortable in your new home and the chance to explore the campus with us before the rush of NSO. We’ll also be taking an afternoon to hike the local Wissahickon Valley, tour the local urban area with student insider tips (#foodtrucks), have a bonfire, adoration, peer led small groups, and much more. It's a great opportunity to not just meet other Catholic students, but to learn about what programs Penn Newman offers, ways to get involved and lead, meet your campus ministers, and to start off the school year with the spiritual tools you will need on campus.

The retreat will begin in the afternoon of August 20th through noon on August 22nd. The university graciously allows our Newman students to move in early, and we take care of this for you upon your registration in July. Note, the university does charge you $40 for the early move in. Our cost for the retreat is $45. You will have all morning on the 20th to move in and we encourage all of you to bring your families to our pre-noon mass retreat kick off.

If cost is a factor holding you back, please do not hesitate to reach out to us directly! Even before you get here, we are so happy to help.

Click to see novus 2016 pictures

2017 Pictures


Note: Registration is not considered complete until fees are paid.

Student's Name *
Student's Name
8 digits. It's okay if you don't know this yet.
Name and relation Email And phone
To meet your peers, to get to know upper classmen and staff, to learn about the religious climate at Penn, to make a commitment to your Catholic faith at the stat, to move in early....

Any questions at all? Email Patrick at or Carolyn at We're happy to tell you more about NOVUS, our programs, help you get in contact with other current Catholic students, schedule a visit to the Newman Center, and even find you a place to stay on campus with one of our student leaders. We can’t wait to welcome you home and will see you soon!