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.   


sunday MASS

Did you know Mass is a form of Prayer? In fact, it's the highest and most perfect form of prayer. Thus, participating in Sunday Mass is not just an obligation, but a great privilege we have as Catholics!

Sunday Mass is celebrated at St. Agatha - St. James Church: 9am, 11:30am, 5:30pm, & 9pm

Weekday Mass

Monday - Friday at 12:05pm + Thursday at 5:30pm, in Newman Center Chapel.

Candlelight Mass: Wednesday at 6:30pm, in Church.

Sacred Heart Mass: First Friday of the month at 7:45pm, in Chapel

eucharistic adoration

This is a special prayer opportunity where we encounter the gaze of Jesus in the Eucharist. Eucharistic Adoration truly nourishes and gives life to our soul.

Daily Morning Prayer + Adoration:
Monday - Friday, 7:30 - 8:30am, in Church.

Candlelight Adoration:
Wednesday, 7:00 - 9:00pm, in Church (Praise & Worship music 8-9pm).

First Friday Adoration:
Every First Friday of the month, 7:00 - 7:45pm, in Chapel.


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.