Disconnect to Reconnect: 2014 Undergraduate Retreat

Nov. 15-16 was the weekend of our first big retreat of the school year: Disconnect to Reconnect. The idea for the retreat was to disconnect from the stress of school and everyday life, and reconnect with God and our faith lives. The 6 peer ministers began planning this undergraduate retreat in August, so it was wonderful to see it finally come to life. There were about 40 students on the retreat, which was an intimate and good group. Three of the peer ministers, Mariam, Monica, and Andra, and Father Jordan gave talks. Then there were small group discussions and activities, all relating to the theme of Disconnect to Reconnect.

There’s something special about retreats.  Sometimes in the busyness of college students’ lives, the connection to God is lost. Students get into a rut without even noticing it, and so it’s necessary to let God interrupt the mundane rhythm in a big way, in order to get back on track, and to reconnect with Him. 

This undergrad retreat was just the way to do that for all the students that went.  We are all thankful for the community that God has given us in the Newman Center – a community we can laugh with, a community we can grow with, and most importantly – a community that always brings us back to God.  So thanks for a successful Undergraduate Retreat 2014! (Shout out to Tisa, Dan and Hiep for cooking delicious meals!!)


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):