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!


Cafe Newman: Bringing Talent and Funds Together for a Worthy Cause

On Friday, October 10th, Newmanites gathered in the Newman chapel for our quarterly talent show and fundraiser, Cafe Newman, hosted by Newman's own Social Justice team! Performers displayed their talents - ranging from singing and playing the piano to performing science experiments. Even Fr. Jordan shared his talent- dancing to "Papa loves Mambo" while sporting a fruit headdress and some colorful sleeves!

Kelly Hickman from the Missions Office of the Archdiocese of Seattle was also present and gave a short presentation on our charitable organization of the night-Catholic Relief Services. The bake sale raised $500 to benefit Catholic Relief Services! Thank you to all who donated baked goods!

We'd love to have you join us for the next Cafe Newman- to share your talents and/or to support the performers and our fundraiser- on Friday, January 23rd! 


Happy Feast Day, Blessed Cardinal Newman!

October 9 is the feast of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, our beloved patron, so we had a rousing celebration. The Veritas undergraduate ministry and Frassati Grads & Young Adults co-hosted Dr. Sam Rocha from the University of British Columbia, who spoke on education, spirituality, and the human person. He found his inspiration in the works of Cardinal Newman, and encouraged his audience to develop taste, and to seek and support beauty when they find us. He told the attendees to "love the world. That's what made Newman special - he really loved the world." We finished the day with cake and pie, and discussion of how important education is to our faith. Happy feast day, Cardinal Newman!