To Lead Is To Serve


The call to lead is the call to conversion through the exercise of service. As Christians, we are all called by the Lord Jesus to follow him as disciples and to share the Good News of salvation with others. In our ministry here at Penn Newman, we look to reach out to students and help them encounter the Lord in their own life, help them to grow in their relationship with God and help them to discover the call to serve others as missionary disciples. There are many ways to serve both within our community as well as outside the Newman Center and Parish. One of the ways available is to serve on our Penn Executive Leadership Team, whose description is found below. If you are interested in applying to serve the community through a leadership commitment, please click the link at the bottom of the page.


  1. Read the general leadership descriptions below.

  2. Take a moment to pray. Might God be asking you to serve others through this community?

  3. If you are still unsure, talk with former leaders or staff members about their experience

  4. Fill out an application form HERE.  

Leadership Descriptions


The Executive Committee is the general leadership team who works to apply the Newman Center’s vision and incarnate it in each of their specific corresponding realities by proposing, planning, and organizing events. Apostolic endeavors include activities in areas such as outreach, small groups, socials, retreats, service, spirituality and more. The Executive Committee seeks to be made up of members who can be representative of the different ages and cultures, so as to best foster a Newman community that can be truly a welcome home to all.


Within the Executive Committee, a smaller group of four members make up the Executive Board. Led by the President, the Executive Board is the highest authority of student leadership. Its members are the students that are most immediately responsible for embodying and incarnating the Newman Center’s Vision and Spirit. They are responsible for leading the Executive Committee, and work directly with the Newman staff in whom they find support and guidance.

Learn to do thy part and leave the rest to Heaven.
— Cardinal John Henry Newman


When you apply to be on the Executive Committee, you commit to one year of service and to participating in Christian formation so as to grow in our call to be missionary disciples.

Here are our expectations:

  • Spiritual / Intellectual formation: Student leaders will earnestly strive to live a coherent Christian life, rooted in prayer and the sacraments, according to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

    • All Exec members will be asked to attend our Parish and Newman Leadership Retreat from February 1-3.

    • Student leaders will commit to attending 1 weekly formation meeting.

  • Apostolic responsibility: Student leaders are encouraged to participate as active members of the Penn Newman Center at St. Agatha-St. James, both nourishing their own Christian life and the lives of others in an apostolic community open to all. This includes but is not limited to attendance at Newman dinners, small groups, Sunday ministry and retreats.

    • Specifically, Exec members will be asked to:

      • Assist in Fall outreach efforts.

      • Help organize Newman events (e.g. Kick-off BBQ, rooftop Mass, Marian procession, etc.) (2x / semester).

      • Help set up with weekly Newman dinners (2x / semester).

      • Meet & Greet at Sunday Mass (2x / month).

    • In addition to these commitments for all Exec members, there exist opportunities to volunteer for roles within our mission. These include, but are not limited to:

      • Thursday 5:30pm Mass preparation, Newman dinner programming, Communications / social media, Interfaith liason.

    • Beyond these commitments, all students are encouraged to have initiative in living their faith according to their availability.

Board: Everything above that applies to Exec also applies to Board members, who in addition will help guide the vision and hold student leaders accountable for their commitments. Outside of the weekly Exec meeting, Board meets weekly to discuss event planning and evaluation.