What We Do


Encounter. Grow. Serve.

Heart Speaks To Heart

Authentic community is an essential aspect of the "Heart to Heart" spirituality inspired by John Henry Newman. We all look for true love and long-lasting friendship. Far from being a mere club or group of people with common interests, the Newman Community strives to be an example, a shining light on Penn's campus, of the true communion and inter-personal unity which has its foundation not in us, but in God himself. 

It is in community that our love finds its unique and proper expression.

"Thus community becomes "Schola Amoris," a School of Love, for young people and for adults -- a school in which all learn to love God, to love the brothers and sisters with whom they live, and to love humanity, which is in great need of God's mercy and of fraternal solidarity." Fraternal Life In Community, 25

If you are looking for opportunities to meet young men and women who form part of this community, we have a number of activities for you to attend!

The Big Five

So how do we do this? We emphasize our Big Five:

Sunday Mass

The heart of the Christian Community is the Eucharist, and we are blessed to have four Masses each Sunday with various socials following all of them.

Small Groups

Offering a space of encounter where we can grow in the faith, open up about our daily struggles, and build community is so important at Penn. We’ve tripled the amount of our small groups this past year, largely through the work of our FOCUS missionaries. Praise God!

Newman Nights

Newman Dinners are held each Thursday night at 6pm in the lower level of St. Agatha-St. James. A $5 all you can eat chicken parm meal fills the house. And freshmen eat free! We also always have some programming afterwards, which ranges from speakers, faith based discussions, community building activities, and more.


Sometimes we need to get away from the daily grind of life for a moment of peace and intimate communion with the Lord. It can take a. lot of bravery to take a weekend off at Penn, but the fruits are so worth it. We offer four retreats each year to do jus this.


From pitching in at Newman Dinner to hitting the streets with Christ in the City, service is what we strive for.

Penn Newman provides all Catholic students with the opportunity to:

– experience excellent liturgy, thereby enriching their life of faith;

– engage in spiritual formation;

– acquire theological education;

– attain archdiocesan certification (e.g. in liturgical ministries and as lay leaders).

Newman Centers are critical to the maintenance of values and integrity in the education of future leaders, especially in secular institutions. Leaders with integrity, compassion, and a strong ethical sensibility will always be in short supply and greatly needed and demanded. The Newman Center at the University of Pennsylvania has served, does serve, and will continue to serve as a training ground to nurture and cultivate such talent.