March 03, 2016
Susquehanna's Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) has received national recognition thanks to its Newman Center, which Best College Reviews recently ranked as one of the top 50 Newman Centers in the U.S.
Newman Centers, named after the famous 19th-century English intellectual and convert, John Henry Newman, provide a place for young Catholics to further their religious ideals and goals through prayer, study, religious services, community service and relationship-building activities. Christians of other denominations often participate as well.
About one-third of Susquehanna students self-identify as Catholic.
Susquehanna's Newman Center is easily accessible to students, and located a short walk or bike ride from campus at St. Pius X parish. Each Sunday, a shuttle bus provides transportation from campus to the 6 p.m. Mass, which is organized and run by Susquehanna students. They choose the music, sing in the choir and serve as extraordinary ministers and altar servers. After Mass, students gather at the Newman Center to relax and enjoy a home-cooked meal that is typically prepared by the parishioners.
In addition to providing recreational space, the Newman Center has a small prayer chapel where students can pray and reflect.
Every Wednesday, Father Dan Powell has Mass on campus at 12:30 p.m. and then meets with students in the evening at the Newman Center to discuss current issues and the church's teachings.
CCM members serve the community by volunteering at Elijah's Bowl soup kitchen, Haven Ministries or through SU SERVE, a university-wide service activity, in addition to LIFETEEN, a high school religious education program. Students also have fun at organized social outings such as ice-skating and bowling.
Best College Reviews ranking service gathered data from Newman Centers' websites and Newman Connections, an online site that promotes and connects Newman Centers. The ranking is based on the total number and percentage of Catholic students served, spiritual offerings such as daily Mass, relationship to the local parish and the facilities.