SHE Speaks: A Panel on Women and the Church

Last Thursday night Frassati put on a panel at the Newman Center to discuss women’s issues as people of the Body of Christ. The categories of questions were broad as this is the first event of this type we have put on but the panelists approached them with eloquence and grace. Some of the highlights were panelist insights on questions about labor issues, sexuality, and women in leadership. A good number of us attended, and the chapel was split pretty evenly between men and women. A heartfelt thank you to all of our brilliant, hard-working panelists (an artist, a lay Dominican/nurse, an executive of an architectural firm, a mom who left her doctoral studies in education to teach her kids, a UW lecturer in Chemistry, and our own Fr. Lukasz)! You have inspired us and enriched our conversations about these issues by sharing bits of your lives with us. Look forward to another lecture or panel next month!


A Spook-tacular Newman Halloween!

On Friday, October 31st, over 50 students showed up for “A Spook-tacular Newman Halloween Party” hosted by the Fellowship Team. Decked out in scary, creative, and funny costumes alike, the students dined on some freaky foods including fried zombie eyeballs, spider eggs, and mummy hotdogs. Afterwards, they were ushered into the Siena Room to the haunted house for some scares. The rest of the night consisted of many more activities including a donut eating contest, costume contest, and a monster mash dance party!

A big thanks to the Fellowship team for putting on such a fun event, and to Brady Thompson and Josie Gardner for donating props for our haunted house!

Check out these pictures from our event (more will be uploaded to the facebook page soon):


Freshman Retreat 2014: You've Got a Friend in Me

This past weekend, Saturday October 18th, the Freshman Group leaders welcomed 21 students to our annual Freshmen Retreat held at the Newman Center. The theme: “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” was a creative spin-off to Disney’s “A Toy Story.” It focused on giving the students a chance to come together in community. The retreat featured testimonies split up into various talks inspired by the different trials the leaders experienced themselves in college.

The first talk, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” explored the challenges the leaders experienced with community, and how the Newman community positively impacted them. The next talk, “There’s a Snake in my Boot,” focused on the temptations that are oftentimes faced in college and how to battle them. The talks ended with rooting the freshmen back into bringing all these challenges together and encouraging students to continue to pursue their relationship with Christ in the “To Infinity with God” themed talk. By using their own stories of struggles and triumphs, the leaders hoped to relate to and assure the students that they were not alone and always have this Newman community to lean on. These testimonies ended with small group breakout sessions where the freshmen got a chance to delve deeper into these topics together.

The first year of college is a very pivotal time, when students find themselves faced with many changes and new opportunities to get integrated into different communities.  The Freshmen Retreat with it’s many fun icebreakers, games, and small groups, hopefully provided a space for these students to grow in community, and in turn, in their faith.

The Freshman Group leaders will be hosting a Spring Retreat for freshmen May 9-10, 2015.

Thank you for your prayers!