Spiritual Growth

"For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God." - Rm 8:14

Everything we do at the Newman Center also helps us with our spiritual growth. Whether it be building friendships, deepening in the faith, or going out to serve, we try to live all aspects of life according to our Life in the Spirit. In this way we learn to convert our everyday life and work into a liturgical sign so that, "living the truth in love, we should grow in every way into him who is the head, Christ" - Eph 4:15. 

The Spiritual Life is thus the foundation and culmination for all life here at the Newman Center. In order to build this foundation we encourage you to participate in the following spiritual activities. If you would like to learn to participate in a more profound way or you would like to help others do so, please contact Patrick Travers.   



Our Sunday 9pm mass is the best way to sanctify the week! We also have daily mass in the Saint Bede Chapel in the Newman Center and Candlelight Mass ever Wednesday in Saint's Agatha and James Church. If you would like to help by altar serving, becoming a Eucharistic Minister, or participating in music, please sign up here


Our Motto, "Heart Speaks to Heart" has brought us to promote the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Every First Friday of the month we have a special mass for this reason. We also encourage the devotion to our Blessed Mother and her Immaculate Heart through our annual Marian Procession.

Spiritual Guidance

We are happy to aid all Penn students (graduate or undergraduate) in connecting with a spiritual director.

Spiritual direction is an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a professional minister to speak about your life and your relationship with God. Your spiritual director is there to listen, to offer guidance, and to help you discern where and how God is at work in your life. You can learn to pray, to deepen in your faith, and to respond to God in your everyday life.

If you would like to talk with someone about finding a spiritual director, please fill out this form.