12/19/2014: New Year's Eve / New Year's Day Mass Schedule

Masses for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God will be held at 5 PM on Wednesday, December 31 (Vigil) and at 10:30 AM on Thursday, January 1.

 

12/15/2014: Christmas Mass Schedule

Join St. John's Catholic Chapel for Chrismas Mass this year. Masses will be held at 4 PM on Christmas Eve and at 10:30 AM Christmas Day.

 

12/15/2014: Semester Break Mass & Sacrament Schedule

Friday, December 19 will be the last day of regular schedule. Regular schedule will resume on Monday, January 19.

During break, regular (non-Holy Day) weekday Masses will be held at 12:05PM Mon-Sat.

Weekend Masses will be held at 5 PM Saturdays (Vigil) and 10:30 AM Sundays. Confessions will be held at 4 PM Saturdays.

Masses for Christmas: 4 PM Christmas Eve and 10:30 AM Christmas Day

Masses for New Year's (Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God): 5 PM New Year's Eve and 10:30 AM New Year's Day

 

12/11/2014: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Celebrate the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe with us on Friday, December 12th with Mass, music, and Mexican treats! A special bilingual Mass will be held at 5PM in St. John's Chapel, followed by a celebration in the Swetland Assembly Room!

 

12/9/2014: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Celebrate the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe with us on Friday, December 12th! We'll enjoy Mass, music, and Mexican treats together. A special bilingual Mass will be held at 5PM in St. John's Chapel, followed by a celebration in the Swetland Assembly Room! We hope to see you there.

 

12/2/2014: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Join us on Monday, December 8th as we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. On this Holy Day of Obligation, we honor the Blessed Mother being chosen and prepared by God to be a fitting and worthy mother of the Savior. Masses will be held at 12:05 PM, 5:00 PM and 9:00 PM.

 

12/1/2014: Christmas Concert & Mass 12/6

Join the Choirs of St. John's Catholic Newman Center to celebrate Advent and the Christmas season at the annual Christmas Concert & Mass! The concert will begin Saturday, December 6th at 7:30 PM in St. John's Chapel, followed by Mass at 8:30. You won't want to miss this evening of beautiful music, quiet reflection, and joyful celebration.

 

11/11/2014: Catholic Illini Christmas in Chicago

Calling all Chicago-area Catholic Illini! The Catholic Illini Christmas in Chicago Mass & Reception is less than 4 weeks away! I hope that you will plan to join us and other Catholic Illini on Friday evening, December 5th for a fantastic evening of food, drink, friendship, and prayer.

We will begin our evening with Mass and an alumni choir. Afterwards, we'll enjoy an open bar reception featuring fantastic hors d'oeuvres and even better company! The event takes place at the beautiful Library at 190 S. LaSalle, Chicago.

Registration and details are at http://bit.ly/ChristmasinChicago.

 

11/10/2014: Stump the Bishop, November 20

We are excited to welcome Most Revered Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, DD, Bishop of Peoria to St. John's Catholic Newman Center for Stump the Bishop on Thursday, November 20! Bring your questions about Catholic teaching, doctrine, history, and tradition and see if you can Stump the Bishop - or just get answers to questions you've always wondered! The event takes place at 7PM in the Swetland Assembly Room on Thursday, November 20.

 

11/10/2014: Welcome Home Alumni

We are pleased to welcome home several St. John's Catholic Newman Center alumni in the upcoming weeks!

On Wednesday, November 12th we welcome home Sr. Stephanie Baliga (2010) and Sr. Jess Lambert (2012), Fransican Sisters of the Eucharist, a new religious community in Chicago! The sisters will be here throughout the day on Wednesday to meet with students and share their life and ministry.

On Sunday, November 16th, Fr. Kyle Lucas, a former Newman Hall resident and recently ordained priest for the Diocese of Peoria will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for SJCNC's influence on his vocation at the 9PM Mass. There will be an opportunity for fellowship and blessing following the Mass.

Finally, on Wednesday, November 19th  Fr. Tom Byrne (2006), recently ordained priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago will celebratethe 5PM Mass. Any men interested to join Fr. Byrne after Mass are welcome to join him for dinner and hear his vocation story.

Please join us in extending prayers of gratitude and thanksgiving for all of the men and women of SJCNC who answered God's call to the priesthood and religious life. Pray also for all those SJCNC students currently discerning their vocation.

 

 

11/10/2014: Thanksgiving Break Mass Schedule

Mass will be celebrated over Thanksgiving break at St. John's Catholic Chapel according to the following schedule:

Sunday, November 23rd

  • 10:30 AM Mass

Monday, November 24th through Friday, November 28th

  • 12:05 PM Mass

Saturday, November 29th

  • 12:05 PM Mass
  • 4 PM Reconciliation
  • 5PM Vigil Mass

Sunday, November 30th

  • 10:30 AM Mass
  • 9:00 PM Mass

The regular Mass and sacrament schedule will resume on Monday, December 1st.

 

10/29/2014: All Saints Day Eucharistic Procession

Join us on Saturday, November 1st for our annual All Saints' Day Eucharistic Procession on the Quad. The procession will begin at 2:30 PM in the Chapel. We will process around the Quad, ending with Adoration in the Chapel until the 5PM Vigil Mass for All Souls Day.

Masses for All Saints' Day include a Vigil Mass at 5PM on Friday, October 31 and 12:05PM on Saturday, November 1.

 

10/23/2014: Linda Couri: From Planned Parenthood to Pro-Life

Join us Monday night, October 27 for a talk by Linda Couri. A former agnostic and Planned Parenthood employee, Linda had a conversion experience that led her to embrace the Church’s Gospel of Life.  Linda now dedicates her life to Pro-Life Advocacy as the associate director of lay ministry formation for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Come and hear her story in this uplifting talk.

Monday, October 27th
7 PM
Swetland Assembly Room

 

10/7/2014: Newman Day Celebration!

We are celebrating the amazing St. John's Catholic Newman Center community this week, in honor of the Feast Day of Cardinal Newman on Thursday! We'll be celebrating the gift of the Newman community on campus with random acts of kindness and charity across campus that day - and with a Bonfire party on the Rectory Lawn that night!

We're so excited for this celebration that we can't contain the fun to just one day. So, we're starting on Wednesday evening with an awesome talk on Humility followed by a grace-filled hour of Source & Summit. Afterwards, we'll be heading to Green Street to serve the homeless.

On Thursday, wear your Catholic Illini shirt and get ready for the Newman Day of Service in honor of Blessed Mother Teresa! Spread the Newman love on campus with acts of kindness and charity!

To close out the celebration, join us for the 9PM Mass, followed by a Bonfire on the Rectory Lawn!

We can't wait to celebrate with you this week!

The full line-up:

Wednesday, October 8

7:30 PM "Too Faithful to Fall: The Power of Humility" in the Lewis Lounge

9 PM Source + Summit in the Chapel

10 PM Green Street Outreach with Service and Justice Outreach

Thursday, October 9

Newman Day of Service in honor of Blessed Mother Teresa
Catholic Illini Shirt Day

9PM Mass
9:30PM Bonfire

 

10/6/2014: Newman Day!

We are celebrating the amazing St. John's Catholic Newman Center community this week, in honor of the Feast Day of Cardinal Newman on Thursday! We'll be celebrating the gift of the Newman community on campus with random acts of kindness and charity across campus that day - and with a Bonfire party on the Rectory Lawn that night!

We're so excited for this celebration that we can't contain the fun to just one day. So, we're starting on Wednesday evening with an awesome talk on Humility followed by a grace-filled hour of Source & Summit. Afterwards, we'll be heading to Green Street to serve the homeless.

On Thursday, wear your Catholic Illini shirt and get ready for the Newman Day of Service in honor of Blessed Mother Teresa! Spread the Newman love on campus with acts of kindness and charity!

To close out the celebration, join us for the 9PM Mass, followed by a Bonfire on the Rectory Lawn!

We can't wait to celebrate with you this week!

The full line-up:

Wednesday, October 8

7:30 PM "Too Faithful to Fall: The Power of Humility" in the Lewis Lounge

9 PM Source + Summit in the Chapel

10 PM Green Street Outreach with Service and Justice Outreach

Thursday, October 9

Newman Day of Service in honor of Blessed Mother Teresa
Catholic Illini Shirt Day

9PM Mass
9:30PM Bonfire

 

9/25/2014: Explanatory Mass

Ever wonder what exactly is going on during Mass? Join us for the Explanatory Mass on Thursday at 9PM to learn more about why we do what we do during Mass. Come and learn more about our faith, discover a deeper appreciation for the great beauty of our Mass, and find new reasons to look forward to Sunday.

 

9/25/2014: Love, Marriage, & Newman

Join us Monday, September 29 at 7:30 PM as we welcome home alumni Jacob & Kate Pruemer! Jacob & Kate met during their time as students at Newman Hall. They will share their story of finding each other - and their vocations - while students. Come enjoy the evening and hear about married life, planning a family, and discerning your vocation in college.

 

9/23/2014: The Secret to Holiness

Everyone is invited Wednesday night, September 24th, for an evening of games, socializing, and a fantastic talk given by none other than Newman's own Lucas Sykes! Come hear Lucas reveal the true secret to holiness, and enjoy an evening with friends old and new. Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/events/727031354049528/.

 

9/15/2014: Run for Justice 5K 10/4

Are you ready for the 10th Annual Run for Justice 5K? Join us Saturday, October 4 at Meadowbrook Park for this fun event! All proceeds are used to fund Service & Justice Outreach service projects, charitable grants, and mission trips on campus, in C-U, and beyond.

Register today and receive a discounted entry fee plus a free t-shirt and refreshments! Go to http://bit.ly/RunforJustice2014 before the perks run out!

 

9/12/2014: Day of Adoration & Eucharistic Procession

Please join us Sunday, Sept. 21 for a Day of Adoration in thanksgiving for the gift of Christ truly present. A Eucharistic Procession across campus will be held immediately following the 10:30 AM Mass, followed by an afternoon of Adoration in the Chapel. Join us as we celebrate the gift of the Eucharist and promote the dignity of the Blessed Sacrament.

 

9/12/2014: Christmas in Chicago

Chicago-area alumni! Make plans to join Fr. Luke Spannagel and fellow Catholic Illini and St. John's Catholic Newman Center alumni for the annual Christmas in Chicago event, Friday, December 5th! We will begin our evening with a Mass led by Fr. Luke and accompanied by an alumni choir. After Mass, join us for an open bar reception featuring fantastic hors d'oeuvres and even better company.

Register today at http://bit.ly/ChristmasinChicago!

 

8/26/2014: Comm[UNITY] Nights

Wind down after classes this week with Catholic Illini Comm[UNITY] Nights! Meet up each night this week at 8PM at Sixth & Armory for free food and fun! The events are free and open to all, so bring your friends and be a part of the awesome Catholic Illini Community on campus!
 

  • Monday: Game Night
  • Tuesday: Karaoke & Mocktails
  • Wednesday: Marshmallow Dodgeball
  • Thursday: Bonfire
  • Friday: Ice Cream Social

See you there!

 

8/18/2014: Welcome Back & Mass Schedule

We can't wait for Catholic Illini to return to campus! We hope you will join us for a Welcome Home Mass on Official Move In Day at 5PM, or at one of our Welcome Weekend Masses next weekend!
 
SJCNC will return to our regular Mass & Sacrament schedule effective Friday, August 22. See below for the regular schedule!
 
For those already on campus, Daily Mass will be offered Mon-Thu at 12:05, and Reconciliation & Adoration will be held at 5PM on Wednesday.
 
Weekend Masses
  • 5 PM Vigil Mass Saturday
  • 10:30 AM Traditional Mass Sunday
  • 5 PM Praise & Worship Mass Sunday
  • 9 PM Candlelight Mass Sunday
Daily Masses
  • 12:05 PM Mon-Sat
  • 5 PM Mon-Wed & Fri
  • 9 PM Thur
Reconciliation
  • 4 PM Mon-Wed, Fri & Sat
  • 8 AM Thur
Adoration
  • 3:45 PM Mon-Wed, Fri
  • 8 AM Thur
 

8/11/2014: Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

"My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior."

Two Masses will be held for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Join us Thursday, August 14th at 5PM for a Vigil Mass, or on Friday, August 15th at 12:05 PM.

 

5/28/2014: Come Home This Summer

3rd Annual St. John's Catholic Newman Center Summer Homecoming


Join us July 18-20, 2014 for the 3rd Annual St. John's Catholic Newman Center Summer Homecoming! This weekend getaway is for all SJCNC alumni, students, friends, and family to reconnect, rejuvenate, and renew!

The weekend features socials, dinners and evening gatherings; service projects; Masses, prayer, and adoration; ministry reunions; talks; and much more all weekend long!

Bring your friends, bring your family, and head to Champaign for a fantastic weekend!

Registration and more details are available at http://conta.cc/1fQpMCf.

 

5/20/2014: Memorial Day Mass Time

Please note:

Our daily Mass on Memorial Day will be at 9:00 a.m.   There will not be a 12:05 p.m. Mass on May 26.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

 

5/16/2014: Summer Mass Schedule Effective May 18, 2014

Summer Mass Schedule

Daily Mass - Monday through Saturday at 12:05 PM

Weekend Masses - Saturday at 5:00 PM (Vigil), Sunday at 10:30 AM

Confessions - Saturdays 4:00-4:45 PM

 

5/13/2014: Fr. Luke Spannagel Appointed to SJCNC

Dear Catholic Illini,

Last week, I shared with you that the great tradition of St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois will continue on under new leadership.  Bishop Daniel Jenky, Bishop of Peoria, has appointed me to become pastor of St. Patrick of Merna Parish in Bloomington and St. Mary Parish in Downs beginning June 11th

I am excited about this new chapter in my priesthood!  I am also very excited to share with you that my successor will be Fr. Luke Spannagel.  Fr. Luke graduated from the University of Illinois in 1998 having been an RA at Newman Hall under Msgr. Duncan and experiencing the ministry during the early years of the tenure of Msgr. Swetland.  Fr. Luke discovered his vocation to the priesthood at this Newman Center and was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Peoria in 2003.  He came back to serve as my assistant chaplain from 2007-2010 and did an outstanding job.  I am very pleased that I had the opportunity to personally train my successor in campus ministry.  He has such outstanding pastoral skills with his bright mind and very personable character.  I am so confident that Fr. Luke will continue the strong tradition of bringing students of the University of Illinois and Parkland College into a relationship with Christ and His Church.
 
Finally, I would like to again express my gratitude to God and to you for these eight wonderful years of serving the students of the University of Illinois and Parkland College.  I carry with me many, many fond memories.  I am very proud of the fact that I will forever be part of the great Catholic Illini tradition.  Be assured of my abiding prayers and until we meet again:
 
God Bless & GO ILLINI!
Msgr. Gregory K. Ketcham

 

5/13/2014: A Message from Msgr. Ketcham

Dear Catholic Illini,

I arrived to begin my priestly assignment as Director & Head Chaplain of St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois at noon on June 14, 2006.  I stood at the base of the steps of the rectory with boxes in hand as Fr. Tom Holloway (former assistant chaplain) swung open the door and yelled, “Welcome to Catholic Disneyland!”  Indeed, since 1927, SJCNC has been “Catholic Disneyland” and always will be.  It was under Msgr. Duncan, it was under Msgr. Swetland, it has been under my tenure of eight years, and will be for generations to come.
 
With that said, Bishop Daniel Jenky (Bishop of Peoria), is giving me a new priestly assignment and asking me to again become a pastor of a large and thriving parish.  I am very much at peace and excited about the opportunity!  The greatest gift the Lord has given me in these eight years is the realization that being a “pastor” is a GIFT from the Lord.  I am good at shepherding and bringing a flock together to experience the Lord’s love and joy.
 
I see my legacy at SJCNC as follows:  (1) I arrived in June of 2006 with a completed feasibility study and architect hired for a possible Expansion Project.  I immediately took the ball and ran with it completing the $40 million Expansion with the Grand Opening in September of 2008; (2) I brought the Salesian Sisters on board our Staff in 2011 and a Salesian priest in 2013 and they have added an exponential amount of joy to our community.  Salesian spirituality is “contemplative in action” recognizing God as love and living the Gospel with joy.  Salesian spirituality permeates SJCNC; (3) I led the charge to take SJCNC out on campus.  When I arrived in 2006, so much was being accomplished within the walls of the Newman Center, but not outside.  Now, evangelization is at the top of the list in pastoral objectives for SJCNC equipping student leaders and even hiring our own full time Marketing Director in 2012.  Finally, I see my legacy as contributing to the tradition of Religious Vocations from SJCNC.  In the last eight years, we have had 36 young men begin Priestly formation and 7 young ladies seek to become Religious Sisters.
 
I received from the Lord even more peace and excitement when Bishop Jenky made known to me my successor.  He would have been my first choice as well.  He is a dear friend of mine.  Unfortunately, because he has not had the opportunity to notify his present parish of his assignment change, I must refrain at this time from revealing his name.  However, we will make his identity known soon.  I am confident that he will continue the strong tradition of bringing students of the University of Illinois into a relationship with Christ and His Church.
 
This transition will be effective at noon on June 11th.  Please know of my gratitude for all your support over the years!  I ask for your prayers for an easy transition and be assured of mine.  Lastly, please know that I take great pride in knowing that I am part of the great Catholic Illini tradition and will forever bleed the Orange & Blue!
 

God Bless & Go Illini!
Msgr. Gregory K. Ketcham

 

4/21/2014: Annual Graduation Mass & Reception Set for May 18, 2014

On Sunday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m., Msgr. Gregory Ketcham and the Priests of St. John’s Chapel will celebrate the annual Graduation Mass at SJCNC. A special reception in honor of our graduates will immediately follow the Mass. If you are graduating and would like to be recognized during the Mass and Reception, please contact Vickie Hart at vickie.hart@sjcnc.org or call the Chapel Office at 217-344-1184 by May 11, 2014.

 

4/2/2014: Holy Week Schedule

Holy Week Schedule:

Monday, April 14

Mass-12:05 PM, 5:00 PM; Exposition-3:45-4:45 PM; Confessions-4:00-4:45 PM

Tuesday, April 15

Mass-12:05 PM; Tenebrae-7:30 PM

Wednesday, April 16

Mass-12:05 PM, 5:00 PM; Exposition-3:45-4:45 PM; Confessions-4:00-4:45 PM

Holy Thursday, April 17

Mass of the Lord's Supper-7:30 PM; Chapel Crawl to follow

Good Friday, April 18

Stations of the Cross on the Quad-12:00 PM (meet in south courtyard); Good Friday Service-3:00 PM (Confessions to follow), 7:30 PM

Holy Saturday, April 19

Confessions-3:45-4:45 PM

Easter Vigil-7:30 PM

Easter Sunday, April 20

Mass-10:30 AM, 5:00 PM, 9:00 PM

 

3/18/2014: Spring Break Mass Schedule

Our Spring Break Mass schedule is as follows:

Sunday, March 23 - 10:30 AM

Monday, March 24 - 12:05 PM

Tuesday, March 25 - 12:05 PM

Wednesday, March 26 - 12:05 PM

Thursday, March 27 - 12:05 PM

Friday, March 28 - 12:05 PM

Saturday, March 29 - 12:05 PM, 4:00 PM (Confessions), 5:00 PM (Vigil Mass)

Sunday, March 30 - 10:30 AM, 9:00 PM

 

2/19/2014: March 5 - Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule

Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule

8:00 AM - Mass in the Main Chapel

12:00 PM - Mass at Parkland College

12:05 PM - Mass in the Main Chapel

12:10 PM - Ash Service in Swetland Assembly Rooms

1:40 PM - Ash Service on the Quad

3:45 PM - Exposition

4:00 PM - Confessions

4:45 PM- Benediction

5:00 PM - Mass in the Main Chapel

5:10 PM - Ash Service in Swetland Assembly Rooms

9:00 PM - Mass in the Main Chapel

9:10 PM - Ash Service in Swetland Assembly Rooms

 

12/20/2013: Christmas Break Mass Schedule

Christmas Break Mass Schedule

December 21 - 12:05 PM, 4:00 PM (Confessions), 5:00 PM (Vigil Mass)

December 22 - 10:30 AM

December 23 - 12:05 PM

December 24 - 12:05 PM, 4:00 PM

December 25 - 10:30 AM

December 26 - 12:05 PM

December 27 - 12:05 PM

December 28 - 12:05 PM, 4:00 PM (Confessions), 5:00 PM (Vigil Mass)

December 29 - 10:30 AM

December 30 - 12:05 pm

December 31 - 12:05 PM

January 1 - 9:00 AM

January 2 - 12:05 PM

January 3 - 12:05 PM

January 4 - 12:05 PM, 4:00 PM (Confessions), 5:00 PM (Vigil Mass)

January 5 - 10:30 AM

January 6 - 12:05 PM

January 7 - 12:05 PM

January 8 - 12:05 PM

January 9 - 12:05 PM

January 10 - 12:05 PM

January 11 - 12:05 PM, 4:00 PM (Confessions), 5:00 PM (Vigil Mass)

January 12 - 10:30 AM

January 13 - 12:05 PM

January 14 - 12:05 PM

January 15 - 12:05 PM

January 16 - 12:05 PM

January 17 - 12:05 PM

January 18 - 12:05 PM, 4:00 PM (Confessions), 5:00 PM (Vigil Mass)

January 19 - 10:30 AM, 9:00 PM

January 20 - 12:05 PM

January 21 - Resume Normal Mass & Confession Schedule

 

12/16/2013: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Mass Times

Christmas Eve - 4:00 P.M.

Christmas Day - 10:30 A.M.

Have a blessed Advent and Christmas season!

 

11/7/2013: Newman Hall Seeking Resident Director Applications

Newman Hall is seeking excellent candidates for the Resident Director position beginning next year. The Resident Director helps maintain a superior living environment for residents, acts as an advocate for students, and helps support the spiritual, physical, and academic needs of all Newman Hall residents. More details about the position are available at http://bit.ly/1b1JbKQ.

 

10/31/2013: All Saints Day Mass Times

Friday, November 1, 2013 is a Holy Day of obligation.  Mass times are as follows:

Thursday, October 31 - 9:00 P.M. (Vigil Mass)

Friday, November 1 - 12:05 P.M., 5:00 P.M.

 

10/21/2013: RA Applications Now Available

Newman Hall is now accepting applications for Resident Advisors for the 2014-2015 academic year!

Newman Hall RAs assume an active leadership role in developing and maintaining a positive community environment within the residence hall. RAs serve as a communication liaison between administration and residents and for enforces the rules and regulations set forth by the administration. Resident Advisors also hold the best interests of the resident body in consideration at all times and advocate their needs and desires to Newman administration.

For more information about the Resident Advisor position and application process, please review the Application Information Packet available on the Student Employment page of this website before applying online.

Information sessions will be held:

  • Tuesday, October 22 at 7PM in the Private Dining Room
  • Wednesday, October 23 at 7PM in the 3N Lounge
  • Thursday, October 24 at 7PM in the Sun Room
 

10/10/2013: The Real Exorcist Returns

The Real Exorcist Returns to campus on Monday, October 28th. Mark your calendars for an exciting night with Fr. Vince Lampert, one of only a few exorcists in the United States. Fr. Lampert will share his true experiences with real-life exorcisms and the reality of evil in the world beginning at 7PM in Foellinger Auditorium on the 28th. This is an event you won't want to miss! More details and RSVP at: http://on.fb.me/17fTOFc

 

9/19/2013: Celebration of Korean Martyrs

Friday September 20th is the Feast Day of the Korean Martyrs. Within a century 10,000 Koreans were martyred for refusing to deny Christ.

Join us this Friday, September 20th for a Mass in honor of this Feast Day. Mass at 5PM will feature music peformed by Yedam, the Korean Catholic group on campus. Following the Mass there will be a movie and refreshments in the Monsignor Swetland Room. We can't wait to see you all there!

 

9/11/2013: Newman Shares! Food Pantry Opens Today

Sadly, one of the fastest growing trends found on college campuses today is hunger.

On Wednesday, September 11 a groundbreaking new food pantry exclusively serving the students of the University of Illinois and Parkland College will open at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center. Newman Shares! will be the only community food pantry serving only students, and one of the first in a national trend of campus food pantries.

The pantry will operate twice monthly, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, from 6-8 PM. The pantry is located at the St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at Sixth & Armory (convenient to the 1 Yellow, 22 Illini, 4 Blue, and 13 Silver bus lines.

When students arrive at the pantry, volunteers will greet them. On the first visit, a needy student should bring an ID and proof of registration as a current student. Students will then receive a shopping list with available items and can select their needs. The item limit is according to household size and users are given a few days worth of food. Items will vary weekly depending on the availability but the item types include: canned fruit and vegetables, fresh produce, frozen meat, cleaning aids, hygiene materials and air fresheners.

Newman Shares! has sought and received accreditation from the Eastern Illinois Food Bank, and will be working in collaboration with other campus units, registered student organizations, and campus faith ministries to identify students in need, staff volunteer positions, and support the new program through food drives and other activities.

More information and updates about Newman Shares! can be found on the Newman Shares! Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NewmanShares.

 

 

 

8/23/2013: Mass Schedule

Join us for Mass, Confession, or Adoration!

Daily Masses:

  • 12:05 PM Mon-Sat
  • 5 PM Mon-Wed, Fri & Sat
  • 9 PM Thur

Sunday Masses:

  • 5 PM Saturday Vigil
  • 10:30 AM, 5 PM, and 9 PM Sunday

Confession :

  • 4 PM Mon-Wed, Fri & Sat
  • 8 AM Thu

Adoration:

  • 3:45-4:45 PM Mon-Wed, Fri & Sat
  • 8 AM Thu

 

 

7/26/2013: Run for Justice 5K

Service and Justice Outreach is proud to announce it's annual Run 4 Justice! All proceeds from this fun event are used to fund the service projects and mission trips SJO organizes, which have great impact on the Champaign-Urbana area and beyond.

All participants receive a free t-shirt and refreshments! Morning registration begins at 8am and the race starts promptly at 9:00am!

This year we are making sign-up even easier with ONLINE REGISTRATION

You can also visit Saint John's Catholic Newman Center to pick up and drop off your race applications at:
604 East Armory Avenue
Champaign, IL

OR by email: sjo@sjcnc.org

Cost:

BEFORE 9/7 = $12
AFTER 9/7 = $15
RACE DAY = $20

It's not to early to register! Reserve your spot in this beautiful event today!

 

7/12/2013: Seeking Hall Office Manager

Newman Hall is seeking a Hall Office Manager to provide excellent customer service to Newman residents and families, support student recruiting and retention, manage our awesome student office staff, and manage the application and contracting process for Newman Hall. Experience with student recruiting or student affairs a plus. Multi-tasking, relationship management, and teamwork skills required. College degree and prior work experience required. Questions and resumes may be directed to hr@sjcnc.org.

 

7/1/2013: July 4th Mass at 9 AM

Mass will be held at 9 AM on Thursday, July 4th. There will be no 12:05 PM Mass on this day.

 

6/11/2013: Salesian Priest Announced

St. John's Catholic Newman Center is pleased to announce that Fr. Bill Bucciferro, S.D.B. will be joining the pastoral staff on July 1! Fr. Bucciferro is one of 3 Salesian priests who will reside at Holy Cross parish in Champaign; Fr. Bucciferro will work full-time at the Newman Center beginning in July.

Fr. Bucciferro has held a number of roles within the Salesian province over the past years, most recently as coordinator at the Salesian National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians in Stony Point, NY. While there, Fr. Bucciferro ministered to a large number of pilgrims who came to that center of Marian hospitatlity, spirituality, evangelization, and worship. Over the past 2 years, Fr. Bucciferro oversaw the development of a monthly program of spiritual renewal for young Catholic adults in the New York and New Jersey area. Fr. Bucciferro previously served as the pastor of St. John Bosco parish in Chicago for nine years, and as parochial vicar at a number of Salesian parishes in New York and Washington, D.C.

We are delighted to welcome Fr. Bucciferro and incoming diocesan priest Fr. Jim Pankiewicz to the St. John's Catholic Newman Center!

 

5/21/2013: Three New Clergy Appointed to SJCNC

Monsignor Ketcham is pleased to announce that Bishop Daniel Jenky has appointed 3 new clergy to St. John's Catholic Newman Center!

Fr. Jim Pankiewicz will begin service on June 12. Fr. Jim is originally from St. Joseph, MO. He discovered his vocation while pursuing a Masters degree in History at Western Illinois University, where he was involved at St. Francis of Assisi Newman Center. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Peoria on May 29, 2010 and has been serving at St. Joseph Parish in Pekin, IL.

Three Salesian priests, yet to be named, will be joining the Diocese of Peoria with service and residency at Holy Cross Parish in Champaign. One of these Salesian priests will be full time at St. John's Catholic Newman Center as an assistant chaplain beginning on July 1.

Deacon Jim Brewer was ordained to the diaconate on May 19, 2013 and has been assigned to St. John's Catholic Newman Center. Deacon Jim hails from Ivesdale, IL where he serves as the fire chief and city administrator. Deacon Jim is married to his wife Jeni, and they have 3 sons (Luke, Mark, and John Paul).

Finally, also joining the pastoral staff at SJCNC is Sr. Theresa Samson, FMA. Sr. Theresa is a Salesian Sister of St. John Bosco and has a degree in Spiritual Direction. She will be joining us in August.

We look forward to the arrival of each of these 4 new pastoral staff members!

 

5/6/2013: Summer Mass Schedule

Our Summer Mass schedule is as follows:

Monday - Saturday    12:05 P.M.

Saturday (Vigil Mass)    5:00 P.M.

Sunday   10:30 A.M.

Confessions are heard Saturdays from 4:00-4:45 P.M. or by appointment (217-344-1184)

 

4/30/2013: SJCNC To Launch New Campus Food Pantry

Sadly, one of the fastest growing trends found on college campuses today is hunger. In fall of 2013, the St. John's Catholic Newman Center will launch a food pantry exclusively serving the students of the University of Illinois and Parkland College.

The Newman Shares! Food Pantry has sought and received accreditation from the Eastern Illinois Food Bank, and is working in collaboration with other campus units, registered student organizations, and campus faith ministries to identify students in need, staff the volunteer positions, and support the new program through food drives and other activities.

Although there are a number of food pantries in the Champaign-Urbana community, Newman Shares! will be the only one of its kind specifically serving needy college students. Community food banks are often underutilized by students, due in part to transportation concerns, operating hours, embarrassment, or misconceptions about eligibility. In contrast, the Newman Shares! pantry will explicitly serve students, in a convenient location on campus, steps away from public transportation hubs, with hours most convenient to college students’ schedules. The Newman Shares! pantry will conduct outreach on campus to identify students in crisis through partnerships and collaboration with campus staff, student organizations, and other campus faith-based ministries.


We need your help! Be a part of this groundbreaking new effort by emailing us at pantry@sjcnc.org today! We are seeking students to help with food drives and donation pickup, managing logistics, performing campus outreach, and much more. Learn more at: http://facebook.com/NewmanShares.

 

4/18/2013: A Life of Faith & Science: Dr. Jerome Lejeune

Dr. Jerome Lejeune: Servant of God & Founder of Modern Genetics

Join us on Saturday, April 20 as we explore the amazing life and science of Dr. Jerome Lejeune, the founder of modern genetics and a devout Catholic. Dr. Lejeune is best known for the discovery of the link of diseases to chromosomal abnormalities. Dr. Lejeune's science informed his faith, and a case has been opened for his canonization.

Dr. Mark Basik and Dr. Ombretta Salvucci will share how Dr. Lejeune's life and scientific approach have changed their lives as scientists and people of faith.

The event begins with Mass at noon, followed by a light lunch and talk in the Swetland Assembly Room beginning at 12:30.

This presentation will appeal to all, but especially those in the sciences. Find out more information and RSVP to the event at http://on.fb.me/14bvwQB

 

4/15/2013: Annual Graduation Mass & Reception is May 11

Congratulations Class of 2013! Join us as we celebrate your years of hard work, and welcome you into the St. John's Catholic Newman Center Alumni family!

SJCNC will host Bishop Conlon of the Diocese of Joliet to help celebrate the annual Graduation Mass at 5PM on Saturday, May 11. A special reception for graduates and their families will immediately follow the Mass.

If you are graduating this Spring and would like to be recognized during the Mass and Reception, please contact Vickie Hart at vickie.hart@sjcnc.org or by calling the Chapel Office at 217-344-1184 by May 6th.

 

4/3/2013: Restless Heart

The Service & Justice Outreach ministry at St. John's Catholic Newman Center presents the film RESTLESS HEART at The Arts Theater Co-op on Church Street in Champaign.

RESTLESS HEART uses a historic backdrop to tell the true story of Augustine of Hippo – one of the Catholic Church’s most beloved and well-known Saints. Its message is as timely today as it was only a few generations after Jesus walked on Earth. It is the story of one who pursues fame and fortune without a moral compass – and the changes that occur when events lead him to see the light. It also chronicles the collapse of the Roman world and how Augustine laid the intellectual foundations of what became Europe.

There will be two performances. The first will be on Monday, April 8th at 7:30 p.m. and the second will be on Thursday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and all tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. No credit cards accepted; please make checks payable to Service and Justice Outreach. For more information, contact Sr. Maryann Schaefer, maryann.schaefer@sjcnc.org, 217-255-6629. Benefits will help provide a refrigeration system for our university students' food pantry.

 

4/3/2013: Tridentine Latin Mass

Come and experience the Traditional Latin Mass! On Monday, April 8 at 6PM, St. John's Catholic Chapel will celebrate a Latin High Mass (Missa Cantata, or Sung Mass). Mass will be followed by a discussion of the ritual and history of the Traditional Latin Mass in the Swetland Assembly Room. Come and experience the beauty of the Latin Mass! More information and RSVP can be found at http://on.fb.me/1032oWr.
 

4/3/2013: Benedict XVI & The Crisis of Christianity in Western Culture

Join Dr. Kenneth Howell for this month's Howell Hoot night for a discussion of Benedict XVI's legacy and the crisis of Christianity in the western culture today. The event takes place at 7PM on Wednesday, April 3rd in the Lewis Lounge.

 

4/2/2013: Memorial Mass for Philip Edgerley

Philip Edgerley, a much beloved member of the St. John's Catholic Newman Center family and longtime resident of Newman Hall, passed away last week. A Memorial Mass in his honor will be offered at St. John's Chapel on Wednesday, April 3rd at 5PM. Philip had a heart made out of gold, and brought joy to all who knew him. Please join us as we celebrate the gift of Philip's life and friendship, and to pray for the repose of his soul and for the consolation of his family and friends. A reception will follow immediately after the Mass in the Monsignor Swetland Assembly Room.

Philip Edgerley

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, by the mercy of God, rest in peace.

 

 

3/22/2013: Holy Week Schedule

2013 Holy Week Schedule

Monday, March 25

12:05 PM Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Mass

Tuesday, March 26

12:05 PM Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Mass, 7:30 PM Tenebrae

Wednesday, March 27

12:05 PM Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Mass

Holy Thursday, March 28

7:30 PM Mass of the Lord's Supper

Good Friday, March 29

12:00 PM Stations of the Cross on the Quad, 3:00 PM Good Friday Service, 4:00 PM Confessions, 7:30 PM Good Friday Service

Holy Saturday, March 30

7:30 PM Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday the Resurrection of the Lord, March 31

10:30 AM Mass, 5:00 PM Mass, 9:00 PM Mass

 

 

3/14/2013: Mass for the Repose of Gail Davis

On Thursday morning, March 14th, Gail Davis, a beloved former member of the Newman Dining Room staff, passed on to the Lord. The 12:05 pm Mass on Thursday will be offered for the repose of her soul. All are invited to attend.

Eternal rest grant to her O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace.

 

3/8/2013: Spring Break Mass Schedule

Our Spring Break Mass Schedule will be as follows:

Sunday, March 17 - 10:30 AM

Monday, March 18 - 12:05 PM

Tuesday, March 19 - 12:05 PM

Wednesday, March 20 - 12:05 PM

Thursday, March 21 - 12:05 PM

Friday, March 22 - 12:05 PM

Saturday, March 23 - 12:05 PM, 4:00 PM (Confessions), 5:00 PM (Vigil Mass)

Sunday, March 24 - 10:30 AM, 9:00 PM

 

2/26/2013: Celebrate Pope Benedict XVI

Celebrate Pope Benedict XVI with us on his last day as our Holy Father. The festivities include Masses, reflections on his life and papacy, and lots of food, fun, games, and prizes!

Wednesday, February 27th
5 PM Mass celebrating Pope Benedict XVI

Thursday, February 28th
8 AM Eucharistic Adoration & Morning Prayers featuring brief reflections
Plus, a special breakfast will be served in the Dining Room. Open to all (free for residents)

9 PM Mass celebrating Pope Benedict XVI

9:30 PM Reception & Celebration featuring food, games, and prizes!

 

2/22/2013: Vatican Scientist to Critique Stephen Hawking's Grand Design

Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J.On March 7th, St. John's Catholic Newman Center will host an exciting lecture event featuring Br. Guy Consolmagno, a Jesuit brother and astronomist and planetary scientist at the Vatican Observatory. The lecture, entitled "A Critique: What's Right & Wrong About Stephen Hawking's Grand Design" will explore Hawking's theories of the creation of the universe. The event will be held at 7PM in Foellinger Auditorium and is free and open to the public. More information about the event and Br. Consolmagno can be found on the Facebook event page located at http://on.fb.me/Z0eNN9.

A Critique: What's Right & Wrong About Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J. of the Vatican Observatory
Thursday, March 7 at 7PM
Foellinger Auditorium

Free and open to the public.

 

2/20/2013: Is Faith Reasonable?

Join Fr. Charles, Shawn Reeves, and Molly Power on Wednesday, 2/20 at 7PM for this month's Truth & Lies event on the topic of Faith and Reason. Challenge your definition of faith and reason, and examine the true nature of each in this interactive discussion. We will also discuss Fr. Luigi Giussani's approach to faith. The event will be at 7PM this Wednesday, February 20 in the Monsignor Swetland Room.

 

 

2/13/2013: Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross will be held each Friday of Lent in the Chapel at 3pm. 

 

2/13/2013: 2013 Lenten Resolve: Prayer & The Mass

Lent begins today! A time for fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. This year, the SJCNC Lenten Resolve focuses on prayer - specifically, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass! Join with us this year and resolve to attend Mass one additional time per week beyond your Sunday obligation.

Are you up for the challenge? Visit the SJCNC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SJCNC for daily inspiration and encouragement, information and resources. We'll also be sharing many other ways that you can focus on your prayer life this Lent.

Masses are held each day at 12:05, at 5pm on MTuWF, and at 9pm on Thursdays!

 

2/11/2013: Pope Benedict XVI Resigns

Statement from the Diocese of Peoria:

After hearing the news that Pope Benedict XVI announced he would resign his ministry on February 28th, the Most Reverend Daniel Jenky, C.S.C, Bishop of Peoria was shocked: “I was completely surprised when I heard the news.” These are truly historic times and without recent precedent. When reading the pope’s official statement, Jenky was moved by the Holy Father’s deep faith in Christ and love for the Church. The resignation of Pope Benedict will be a great loss to the Church.

Jenky has had the privilege of meeting Pope Benedict many times including his ad limina visit in February 2012. With each visit he was moved by the Pope’s brilliance, wisdom and holiness. Jenky reflected that over the last few months, the Holy Father has looked a bit more tired. This announcement confirmed this. Jenky called upon all Catholics and people of good will to pray for the Holy Father’s health and the guidance of the Holy Spirit as a new pope is elected.

 

Statement from Monsignor Ketcham:

I, like so many others, was shocked to hear the news that Pope Benedict XVI will be resigning from his ministry as the Bishop of Rome and Successor to St. Peter on February 28th.  When elected in 2005, many anticipated his pontificate to be one merely of transition after such a long pontificate by his predecessor, Pope John Paul II.  However, Pope Benedict inspired many by his own identity as the Vicar of Christ and his holiness and teaching lead many to the Heart of Jesus.  We at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois are so grateful for his leadership and tireless service.  We pray that bright days are ahead for his continuing contribution to Holy Mother Church in prayer and writing. 

Pope John Paul II announced the coming “New Evangelization” in the Church.  Pope Benedict XVI got us out of the blocks.  Now, we as Catholics are confident the Holy Spirit will give us a new and dynamic Pope to take the “New Evangelization” into a sprint!  May God Bless Pope Benedict XVI and may God Bless the future of His Holy Catholic Church.

Sincerely in Christ,

Msgr. Gregory Ketcham

 

 

1/18/2013: Ash Wednesday Schedule

Ash Wednesday is February 13, 2013.  Our Ash Wednesday schedule will be as follows:

8:00 AM Mass - Main Chapel

12:00 PM Mass - Parkland College (location TBD)

12:05 PM Mass - Main Chapel

12:10 PM Ash Service - Msgr. Swetland Assembly Rooms

1:45 PM Ash Service - On the Quad

3:45 PM  Exposition - Main Chapel

4:00 PM  Confessions - Main Chapel

4:45 PM  Benediction - Main Chapel

5:00 PM Mass - Main Chapel

5:10 PM Ash Service - Msgr. Swetland Assembly Rooms

9:00 PM Mass - Main Chapel

9:10 PM Ash Service - Msgr. Swetland Assembly Rooms

 

12/10/2012: Christmas Break Mass Schedule

Dec 22 - 12:05 PM Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Vigil Mass

Dec 23 - 10:30 AM Mass

Dec 24 - 12:05 PM Mass, 4:00 PM Christmas Eve Mas

Dec 25 - 10:30 AM Mass

Dec 26 - 12:05 PM Mass

Dec 27 - 12:05 PM Mass

Dec 28 - 12:05 PM Mass

Dec 29 - 12:05 PM Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Vigil Mass

Dec 30 - 10:30 AM Mass

Dec 31 - 12:05 PM Mass

Jan 1 - 12:05 PM Mass

Jan 2 - 12:05 PM Mass

Jan 3 - 12:05 PM Mass

Jan 4 - 12:05 PM Mass

Jan 5 - 12:05 PM Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Vigil Mass

Jan 6 - 10:30 AM Mass

Jan 7 - 12:05 PM Mass

Jan 8 - 12:05 PM Mass

Jan 9 - 12:05 PM Mass

Jan 10 - 12:05 PM Mass

Jan 11 - 12:05 PM Mass

Jan 12 - 12:05 PM Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Vigil Mass

Jan 13 - 10:30 AM Mass, 9:00 PM Mass

Jan 14 - Resume Normal Mass Schedule

 

12/4/2012: Immaculate Conception Mass Schedule

Saturday, December 8th is the Immaculate Conception  of the Blessed Virgin Mary and is always a Holy Day of Obligation.  Following is the Mass schedule:

December 7 - 5:00 PM (Vigil)

December 8 - 9:00 AM

December 8 - 12:05 PM

The 5:00 PM Mass on December 8 is the Vigil Mass for the Second Sunday in Advent.

 

11/27/2012: Am I Good Enough for God?

<p><span itemprop="description"><span class="fsl">Join us for this month's Catholic Illini Comm[UNITY] Night as FOCUS's very own Travis Todd explores what's standing between you and a closer relationship with God through the question &quot;Am I Good Enough for God?&quot; The event will be held at 7:30 on Wednesday, November 28th in the Monsignor Swetland Assembly Room. We hope to see you there! RSVP for the event at:

http://on.fb.me/Y053lY.

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11/26/2012: Christmas Concert & Mass

Join us for the annual Christmas Concert & Mass this Saturday, December 1 at 7:30 in the Chapel! The concert begins at 7:30, followed by Mass at 8:30.

 

11/16/2012: Holy Day Vigil Mass & Celebration in Downtown Chicago

Join us for the annual St. John's Catholic Newman Center Holy Day Vigil Mass and Christmas celebration in downtown Chicago with alumni, family, and friends of the St. John's Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois.

Where: The Library (40th Floor, 190 S. LaSalle Street, Chicago - LaSalle & Adams)
When: Friday, December 7th
What:   6:00 pm: Vigil Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception
              6:45 pm: Reception featuring drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and brief remarks by Newman Center students and staff.

Tickets: $25/person   RSVP today!

 

11/13/2012: Daughter of a King Women's Night, Thu 11/15

Ladies: We are true daughters of God. Being daughters of the King is a beautiful honor bestowed on us! But wait. What does it mean to be a true daughter of God? How should this change us? And what does this mean for our lives?? Join us Thursday at 7:30 in Lewis Lounge to find out!! More info and RSVP at http://on.fb.me/QCewMF.

 

11/12/2012: How Do I Find Happiness in Love & Sex?

Love, sex, and relationships are the focus of the November Truth & Lies series. Join us Wednesday, November 14th at 7pm in the Lewis Lounge for an interactive discussion on finding true happiness in love and relationships.

 

11/12/2012: Thanksgiving Dinner, Thurs., 11/15

We are thankful for every member of the St. John's Catholic Newman Center family! Celebrate Thanksgiving with your campus and Newman Center family at the annual Thanksgiving Dinner, this Thursday, November 15th! We'll celebrate in style with the full meal deal - turkey and ALL the trimmings, candlelight, and music. Tickets are $5 for non-Newman residents, and all are welcome. Dinner begins at 4:30 with hors d'oeuvres, and continues through 7pm.

 

11/7/2012: Fall Break Mass Schedule

Saturday, November 17 - 12:05 PM Daily Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Vigil Mass

Sunday, November 18 - 10:30 AM Mass

Monday, November 19 - 12:05 PM Daily Mass

Tuesday, November 20 - 12:05 PM Daily Mass

Wednesday, November 21 - 12:05 PM Daily Mass

Thursday, November 22 - 9:00 AM Thanksgiving Mass

Friday, November 23 - 12:05 PM Daily Mass

Saturday, November 24 - 12:05 PM Daily Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Vigil Mass

Sunday, November 25 - 10:30 AM, 9:00 PM Masses

Monday, November 26 - Resume Normal Schedule

 

11/5/2012: Vocations Fair, Thursday 11/8

Curious about religious life? Are you discerning a call to a religious vocation? Representatives from several Illinois dioceses and religious orders will be at Newman Center on Thursday, November 8 to discuss vocational discernment and opportunities. Join us at 6pm Thursday evening for dinner, presentations, and conversations. The event will be held in the Monsignor Swetland Assembly room. RSVP to vickie.hart@sjcnc.org so we can plan for food!

 

10/29/2012: All Saints Day: Mass & Eucharistic Procession Schedule

On Thursday, November 1st we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints. The Mass schedule for this Holy Day of Obligation includes a Vigil Mass at 5pm on Wednesday, October 31st, and 3 Masses on Thursday (12:05 p.m., 5 p.m., and 9 p.m.). 

A Eucharistic Procession to the Quad will be held at 3:30 on Thursday. Please join us at the Chapel at 3:30 as we being our joyful procession and bring Christ to the Quad.

 

 

10/24/2012: Annual Eucharistic Procession, 11/1

"For all the saints, who from their labors rest..."  Mark your calendar to join us for the annual Eucharistic Procession to the Quad on All Saints Day, Thursday, November 1. Meet at the Chapel at 3:30!

 

10/24/2012: Homecoming Tailgate, Saturday 10/27

Join us after the Illinois Homecoming Game for the annual Newman Center Homecoming Tailgate on Saturday, October 27th. The party begins after the game in the North Courtyard of Newman Center, on the corner of Sixth and Chalmers.

Reconnect with old friends, meet current Newman Center students and residents, and enjoy food, music, and fun for the whole family.

After the party, join us for Mass at 5pm in St. John's Chapel. A Memorial Mass honoring the late Monsignor Duncan will be held at the 10:30 Mass on Sunday, October 28th.

 

10/24/2012: What's So Catholic About Interfaith Initiatives?, 10/25 at 8pm

Please join Service & Justice Outreach in the St Paul room at 8pm Thursday evening for a discussion about interfaith dialogue and service! This is our second J-Session of the year and will feature presentations by Fr. Charles, Ellie Brick, Kaitlyn Taylor (both sophomores at Newman) plus Masood Haque who is active with the RSO Interfaith in Action.  All are welcome to attend!

 

10/22/2012: Support SJO & Get FroYo

It's FroYo Week at Newman Center, October 22 through 26! TCBY will be in the Newman Dining Room all week long, from 11am-2pm, serviing 6 flavors of frozen yogurt, with 6 toppings. Each serving is $5, and all proceeds benefit Service & Justice Outreach, and the excellent work they do in bringing Christ's love to the less fortunate in our community. Stop by this week, get some froyo, and support SJO!

 

10/17/2012: Winter Break Mission Trip to Tampa, FL

Make a difference in a child's life this Winter Break. Service & Justice Outreach (SJO) is hosting their first Mission Break Trip for Tampa, FL - Jan. 7-12, 2013. During the trip, you'll have a chance to impact lives through outreach to homeless, helping in classrooms, and working with children. Get on-board for this great experience of serving Christ in others and complete your application by Oct. 24th. Applications are available at the St. John's Catholic Newman Center Hall Office at Sixth & Armory. For questions, please contact Sr. Maryann Schaefer (maryann.schaefer@sjcnc.org) or Monica Marry (m.marry5@yahoo.com)

 

10/16/2012: Catholic Arts Festival, Saturday 10/20

Join us for the Catholic Arts Festival this Saturday from 9am to 3pm in the Lewis Lounge at St. John's Catholic Newman Center (604 E. Armory, Champaign)! Come enjoy the beauty of the Catholic faith as expressed by student and professional artists! The festival will include paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, and a talk on "Art, Beauty, and the Catholic Faith" by Fr. Charles Klamut at 2pm.

 

10/15/2012: RA Applications open

 Resident Advisors

RA applications are being accepted now.  Please review the following application packet.

To submit the RA application, please complete it online here by the deadline of October 29th at 8am.

For references, they may complete a paper form and fax it in, or complete the form online.

 

10/1/2012: Run for Justice 5k, October 6

Get your running or walking shoes on and join us this Saturday, October 6th at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana for the 10th annual Run for Justice 5k! The Run is one of the primary fundraisers for Service & Justice Outreach and helps support the many local charities that SJO works with.

The first 100 runners will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Sign-up the dayof the race, or in advance at the Newman Center Hall Office anytime, or in the Newman Dining Room during meal hours this week. The cost is $20.

Run or walk - it's great excercise and a good time, while supporting great causes!

What: SJO Run for Justice 5k

When: Saturday, October 6th starting at 9 am

Where: Crystal Lake Park in Urbana

 

10/1/2012: Morality & Love October 10

Join us as the Truth & Lies Lecture series "Semester of Love" continues with a talk on love and morality. Come explore answers to questions like: "How is morality about love?" and "Can morality make me happy?", Wednesday, October 10th at 7pm in the Lewis Lounge.  Hear insights from a panel of Newman Center pastoral staff, and have an chance to ask your own questions on the topic. See you there!

What: How is Morality About Love? (And, Can it Make Me Happy?)

When: Wednesday, October 10 at 7pm

Where: Lewis Lounge at the St. John's Catholic Newman Center (604 E. Armory Ave, Champaign)

 

9/11/2012: Lord of the Rings Discussion Group

You are cordially invited to a weekly discussion group concerning The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien!

Come explore the glories of Middle-Earth with Frodo, Gandalf, et al! The group will be led by Fr. Charles, a Tolkien enthusiast with 8 years of experience teaching a Lord of the Rings course to students at Peoria Notre Dame High School. We will discuss a few chapters a week with the intent of finishing the books by the end of the academic year. Each week a student will help lead the discussion.

The group meets every Sunday evening, beginning September 16th, from 7-8:30PM in Lewis Lounge.

 

9/10/2012: What Does It Mean To Love?

Join us on Wednesday, Sptember 12 at 7pm for the first Truth & Lies session of the semester. The Truth & Lies series shares insights about areas of the Catholic faith from a panel of pastoral staff members. This semester's theme is "A Semester of Love," discussing various ways in which the Catholic faith is focused on love,

On Wednesday, the panel will discuss "What Does It Mean to Love, and Where Do I Find It?" The event will be held in Lewis Lounge at St. John's Catholic Newman Center. Join us as we ask questions, explore our faith, and grow more deeply in our understanding of the Catholic faith.

 

9/7/2012: Calling All Artists!

Attention artists and artisans! St. John's Catholic Newman Center is seeking painters, sculptors, and other visual media artists to submit works for the revitalized Cathlolic Arts Festival on October 20th. The theme of the festival is Mary, but artists are invited to submit other works on topics relevant to truth, beauty, and goodness.

Contact Shawn Reeves at shawn.reeves@sjcnc.org for more information. Submission deadline is September 24, 2012.

 

9/4/2012: Talk on Suffering & Evil, Wed. 9/5

<p>Join us on Wednesday, September 5th at 7pm for the first Howell Hoot night of the year! The topic of this month's event is &quot;If There Is a God, Why So Much Evil &amp;&nbsp;Suffering in the World? The talk will be held at 7pm in the Lewis Lounge at St. John's Catholic&nbsp;Newman Center.</p>

 

8/13/2012: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 is the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and is a Holy Day of Obligation.  Mass will be held at 12:05 PM in the Main Chapel.  Fr. Joel Phelps will be the celebrant.

 

5/11/2012: Summer Mass Schedule Begins May 13, 2012

Please note:  The summer Mass schedule begins Sunday, May 13, 2012.  The summer Mass schedule is as follows:

Monday - Saturday - 12:05 PM Daily Mass

Saturday - 4:00 PM Confessions

Saturday - 5:00 PM Vigil Mass

Sunday - 10:30 AM Mass

 

4/30/2012: Annual Graduation Mass & Reception Set for May 12, 2012

 On Saturday, May 12 at 5:00pm, Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield, Msgr. Gregory Ketcham and the Priests of St. John’s Chapel will celebrate the annual Graduation Mass at SJCNC. A special reception in honor of our graduates will immediately follow the Mass. If you are graduating and would like to be recognized during the Mass and Reception, please contact Vickie Hart at vickie.hart@sjcnc.org or call the Chapel Office at 217-344-1184 by May 8, 2012.

 
 

4/16/2012: Position Open for Director of Marketing and Communications

St. John’s Catholic Newman Center (SJCNC) seeks a full-time Director of Marketing & Communications. The Director will work with the St. John’s Catholic Newman Center team to implement a diversified marketing and communications plan that will spread the message of the Center to key organizational constituents and raise awareness among its various audiences. The Director is charged with developing and overseeing a new and comprehensive marketing strategy for all communications (online, offline, internal and external) to consistently and constantly articulate the mission and message of SJCNC. The Director will work closely with ministry, hall operations, and development staff to reach out to and engage new students, keep current students informed and connected, and maintain strong connections with alumni, parents, and other organizational partners and friends.  Must be a practicing member of the Roman Catholic Church and be thorough in their knowledge of the Catholic faith


To apply: Submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and a graphic design sample via email to: hr@sjcnc.org. Application deadline: May 10, 2012.

 

4/11/2012: Join us for Catholic Illini Comm[Unity] night!

Catholic Musician Danielle Rose is coming to Newman Hall!

Join us for a night of music, food, fellowship, and fun.

7pm Thursday April 19th in the Msgr Swetland Assembly Room

 

4/9/2012: 1st Annual Summer Homecoming!

Join us July 20-22, 2012 for our 1st Annual Summer Homecoming event!

Registration is now open for the 2012 SJCNC Summer Homecoming.  Join us for this fun filled weekend on campus.  You will be able to connect and reconnect with friends, classmates, alumni, and staff.

This summer you can enjoy an affordable stay at Newman with great food in our dining room and memorable activities, there will be lots of reunions, and plenty of opportunities for Adoration, Confession, and Mass.

This enjoyable weekend will conclude with a Sunday Memorial mass and reception honoring our late Chaplain Emeritus, Monsignor Duncan.

If this sounds good, visit the registration page for more information, a schedule or the weekend, and to sign up. 

 

4/8/2012: Calling Catholic Illini 2012

Thank you to everyone who participated in Calling Catholic Illini 2012.  It was a blessing to have 25 religious from 13 different congregations present to help increase awareness about religious vocations.  This joy filled encounter enabled the 40 students in attendance to learn valuable information about discernment.   

 The evening began with a welcome dinner followed by Fr. Lampitt’s keynote address on religious vocations.  Two future seminarians from St. John’s Catholic Newman Center also gave their testimony on responding to God’s call to the priesthood.  The event included question and answer opportunities with the various religious and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.


Special thanks to Newman’s Dining Hall staff, Service and Justice Outreach, Grad Rosary, FOCUS and Koinonia for their collaborating efforts in making this event possible. 

 

 

4/3/2012: Holy Week Schedule

Holy Week Schedule

Monday, April 2, 2012 - 12:05 PM Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Mass

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:05 PM Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Mass, 7:30 Tenebrae Service

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:05 PM Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Mass

Holy Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 7:30 PM Mass of the Lord's Supper

Good Friday, April 6, 2012 - 12:00 PM Living Stations of the Cross on the Quad, 3:00 PM Good Friday Service, 7:30 PM Good Friday Service

Holy Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 4:00 Confessions, 7:30 PM Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 10:30 AM Mass, 5:00 PM Mass, 9:00 PM Mass

 

3/29/2012: Living Stations of the Cross on the Quad-Good Friday

Join us for Living Stations of the Cross on the Quad

Good Friday, April 6, 2012

12:00 PM

Meet in the south courtyard of Newman Hall.  We will process to the Quad where the Stations of the Cross will be reenacted.  All are welcome to attend!

 

3/9/2012: Calling Catholic Illini 2012

 
St. John’s Catholic Newman Center invites students who are considering religious life to attend Calling Catholic Illini 2012. Participants will have the opportunity to connect and pray with other students, listen to the testimony of consecrated religious, learn valuable information that will help discern ones vocation, and have the opportunity to ask questions as well.  We anticipate over 20 religious to be present just for you!
 
The evening will take place on Friday March 30th from 6:00pm-9:30pm at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center (Msgr. Swetland Room).  This event is TOTALLY FREE & includes dinner too!   To help us better prepare for the event, please RSVP to Vicie Hart Wednesday, March 28th (vickie.hart@sjcnc.org / 217-255-6641).
 
 

3/9/2012: Spring Break Mass Schedule

Saturday, March 17 - 12:05 PM Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Vigil Mass

Sunday, March 18 - 10:30 AM Mass

Monday, March 19 - 12:05 PM Mass

Tuesday, March 20 - 12:05 PM Mass

Wednesday, March 21 - 12:05 PM Mass

Thursday, March 22 - 12:05 PM Mass

Friday, March 23 - 12:05 PM Mass

Saturday, March 24 - 12:05 PM Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Mass

Sunday, March 25 - 10:30 AM Mass, 9:00 PM Mass

 

2/16/2012: Veritas Forum Welcomes Peter Kreeft to Campus

Between Muhammad and Jesus: an Interfaith Dialogue

March 8, 2012 at 7:00 P.M.

ARC Multipurpose Room 6

Presenters:

Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy, Boston College

Zeki Saritoprak, Director of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies, John Carroll University

Reception to follow

 

2/6/2012: Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule

The February 22, 2012 Ash Wednesday schedule will be as follows:

8:00 AM - Mass

12:00 PM - Mass at Parkland College

12:05 PM - Mass in Main Chapel

12:10 PM - Ash Service in Swetland Assembly Room

1:45 PM - Ash Service on the Quad

3:45 PM - Exposition

4:00 PM - Confessions in the Main Chapel

4:45 PM - Benediction

5:00 PM - Mass with Bishop Daniel Jenky, CSC in Main Chapel

9:00 PM - Mass in Main Chapel

9:05 PM - Ash Service in Swetland Assembly Room

 

1/12/2012: Homily Honoring Chaplain Emeritus, Msgr. Edward J. Duncan, P.A.

Dear Friends of SJCNC,

 Greetings!  Many of you were able to attend the Funeral Mass of our beloved chaplain emeritus, Msgr. Edward Duncan on January 11th.  However, many of you were unable to attend.  Msgr. Duncan meant so much to many, many people.  I hope you will enjoy a glimpse into this rememberable Liturgy of this remarkable priest as I share with you my homily.  Please continue to keep Msgr. Duncan and St. John's Catholic Newman Center in your prayers!
 
 Go God & Go Illini!
 Msgr. Gregory K. Ketcham
Director & Head Chaplain
St. John's Catholic Newman Center
University of Illinois
 
Homily Honoring Msgr. Edward J. Duncan, P.A.
 
I would like to begin by saying that I know I speak for Bishop Jenky, Abbot Philip Davey of St. Bede Abbey, Msgr. Showalter (our Vicar General), Fr. Rayson (Pastor of St. Pat’s), my brother priests, Patricia Gibson (Chancellor of the Diocese of Peoria), Deacon Bob Sondag (Vice-Chancellor of the Diocese of Peoria), Michele Thompson (who represents Michael Hogan, President of the University of Illinois), and all the Staff & Students of SJCNC, in extending to you Raymond and the Duncan Family, and all of Msgr. Duncan’s former students, Fighting Illini athletes, and friends our deepest sympathies and abiding prayers. Even though Msgr. Duncan lived a full life, it is never easy to lose a loved one.
 
I have been a priest going on 18 years, and I have never spent so much time on one homily – prayer, inquiring, attaining, adding, deleting, and refining. In reflecting on this opportunity, it dawned on me that had time not been a limitation, a whole army of well known hierarchy and clergy could be preaching this homily … At the top of that list: Servant of God – Archbishop Fulton Sheen, the late Archbishop of New York Francis Cardinal Spellman, the late Apostolic Nuncio Pio Cardinal Laghi, and the legendary former Notre Dame President Fr. Theodore Hesburgh.
 
On Sept. 7, 1915, a baby boy was born to Walter and Velma Marie Duncan here in LaSalle. His life, molded by the experience and support of family and Faith, would change the lives of countless other people. Isn’t that the miracle of Christmas (the Season in which Msgr. Passed)? Our God descended from Heaven and became man so that man could become God as St. Augustine said. It was Edward’s parents, family, and Parish Community of St. Patrick’s that first handed on this Faith to him. And from there, the Holy Spirit took over!
 
Graduating from St. Bede’s Academy, he went on to Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA. As a senior he shared his spiritual discernment in an appointment with then auxiliary Bishop of Boston Francis Spellman (who would become a regular advisor to him). He was encouraged to follow the call from God he was experiencing in his heart to be a priest.
 
Priestly formation took him to Innsbruck, Austria. Following the invasion of the Nazi’s, further seminary studies took him to Switzerland and Ireland before being called back to the United States to finish Theological Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington. 
 
He received the laying on of hands and prayer of priestly consecration by Bishop Joseph Schlarman on June 8, 1941 in St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. Having served as an Assistant Pastor of St. Malachy Parish in Rantoul, Immaculate Conception Parish in Streator, and Chaplain at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, Bishop Schlarman sent him back to The Catholic University of America for his doctorate in Sacred Theology of which he obtained in 1943.
 
Then, the finger of God touched Bishop Schlarman to make one of the most important decisions in the history of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria. With the Newman Foundation at the University of Illinois in bankruptcy and disrepair, Fr. Edward Duncan was appointed Director & Head Chaplain. Fr. Richard Mullen said in 2001: “When the history of this Foundation is written, it will have to be recorded that Fr. Duncan inherited a near corpse, breathed health and vitality into it, and has kept it running efficiently ever since.” 
 
Indeed, for the next 55 years, Msgr. Duncan: (1) took the Newman Foundation out of bankruptcy and put it on firm financial ground; (2) he established a thriving Newman ministry at the University of Illinois addressing the intellectual and pastoral issues of a growing Catholic student body that now numbers around 11,000; (3) he took the dynamic Catholic Newman ministry at the University of Illinois and put it on the national stage for others to emulate; and (4) he bridged the gap between Catholic interests and the movements of the University to where largely today there is a mutual respect.
 
In addition, it cannot go unnoticed the devotion that Msgr. Duncan had toward students in general and the student-athletes in particular where he truly savored his opportunities of being chaplain to the Fighting Illini sports teams. Former University of Illinois Director of Athletics Ron Guenther states: “Monsignor Duncan was an icon and an integral part of our athletic program for over 50 years and provided spiritual guidance to countless Fighting Illini student-athletes.” In addition, he encouraged students in the Fine Arts at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts of which he dearly loved.
 
His relationship building did not stop with students. His many friendships, business commitments, and religious service kept him active in the campus academic community, Champaign-Urbana business and social community, the national circuit, and beyond working with political leaders, Bishops, and Cardinals.
 
Former University of Illinois President Stanley Ikenberry awarded Msgr. Duncan the University’s Presidential Medallion, given to only 15 people in history.
 
He received the National Achievement Award in Education from The Catholic University of America in 1974 and the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal, granted by Pope Paul VI in recognition of outstanding service to the Church in 1977. Pope John Paul II named him a Prelate of Honor with the title of Monsignor in 1990. In the Jubilee Year 2000, the Pope awarded him the highest honor given to a priest in naming him Protonotary Apostolic.
 
This is where I would like, as preacher, to begin to talk about Msgr. Duncan personally.    A couple of years ago, I gave a homily at St. John’s Chapel that challenged students to think and I received some great feedback. I told them at the time, that having had a few years of campus ministry under my belt, I noticed that the average University of Illinois student arrives on campus with his/her whole life already mapped out. They know exactly what major they want, career they are going to have, type of person they will Marry, location on the map where they will reside, number of children, kind of automobile they will purchase, vacation spots, and location for retirement … you got the idea. I went on to tell them that it is such a pleasure to watch them grow in faith here at the Newman Center and to see them offer their gifts, their talents, in service to others. And I see their immense, beautiful, magnificent abilities to help others on campus and beyond. And yet, they often settle for careers that may make A LOT of money, but do very little to helping others and building up God’s Kingdom.  
 
I told them to look at our Chaplain Emeritus, Msgr. Edward Duncan. I explained to them, as we all know, that he was a man blessed from birth and man of immense means and influence. HE LITERALLY COULD OF DONE ANYTHING WITH HIS LIFE! And yet, he chose to be a priest – in essence, a servant. Look around you … this is a testimony to a life well lived. A life that made a difference! From Msgr. Duncan, we can see how God invites us to lay aside our own agendas and embrace God’s agenda.
 
You know what I also find utterly amazing … Msgr. Duncan, being a man of immense means & influence, lived for 55 years in a dorm room and took his meals in a cafeteria. JUST PAUSE FOR A MOMENT AND REALLY THINK ABOUT THAT! 
 
The statement by French priest Jean Baptiste Lacordaire says it best:
 
To live in the midst of the world
Without wishing its pleasures;
To be a member of each family,
Yet belonging to none;
To share all suffering
To penetrate all secrets
To heal all wounds;
To go from men to God
And offer Him their prayers;
To return from God to men
To bring pardon and hope;
To have a heart of fire for Charity,
And a heart of bronze for Chastity
To teach and to pardon,
Console and bless always.
My God, what a life;
And it is yours,
O priest of Jesus Christ.
 
This last week, I took the opportunity to reach out to many people who knew Msgr. Duncan in his prime. They mentioned Msgr. Duncan’s wisdom, his Irish sense of humor, his devotion to St. John’s, his love of the Fighting Illini, his outstanding homilies, his influence on University Officials, Catholic Heirarchy, Business Personnel, and Politicians. They said, he was very particular, focused, an outstanding teacher of faith, right living, and instilling a strong work ethic. It was also mentioned that Monsignor was very direct. With that said, it was told to me last night at the Visitation by a member of the family a story from most likely the 1960’s. Msgr. Duncan was out for an afternoon drive on campus when he saw a female student smoking a cigarette. He pulled up alongside her, rolled down his window and said: “Young lady, the Virgin Mary would never be caught smoking.” And she replied: “And Jesus Christ would never be caught driving a Cadillac.” J
 
In today’s First Reading, the Prophet Isaiah says that the Lord of hosts will provide for all peoples. Where will He provide for all peoples? Isaiah says on a mountain. In Scripture, a mountain is symbolic not of Purgatory or a Ski Resort (pun intended J). But, a mountain is symbolic of Heaven where God’s presence resides. Today’s Gospel from John reflects what all of us witnessed in Msgr Duncan’s declining health – a grain of wheat that falls to the ground and dies. I think of the many, many, many times that Monsignor united his own sufferings to that of His Savior when he celebrated the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. And, I am also aware that Monsignor knew that if the grain dies, it produces much fruit. The fruit of the Sacraments he celebrated, the fruit of the Gospel he preached, the fruit of the minds he enlightened, the fruit of the careers he mentored, the fruit of the conversion of souls he evangelized, the fruit of the campus ministry empire he built. AND NOW, THE FRUIT OF HIS HEAVENLY REWARD!
 
Two of his many former students shared with me what Monsignor meant to them.  In short, David Walsh said: “that I had two incredible fathers – my blood father and Fr. Duncan.” The other former student Jim Crum said: “What I did not know then, I do know now: For Fr. Duncan, Newman Hall was his life’s calling. And it was always a labor of love. Indeed, Fr. Duncan was the right person, at the right time, in the right place. Through the lens of faith, I simply have to believe that the hand of providence was there all along.”
One last short story … a few years ago, we (St. John’s Catholic Newman Center) hosted our annual Homecoming Tailgate Party before the Homecoming Football game. That particular year, we advertised that Msgr. Duncan would be joining us for the tailgate party and we had a huge number of people show up to be with him. University Personnel transported Monsignor over from the Football facilities to our Tailgate party via a golf cart. As he arrived, I helped him step away from the golf cart and exclaimed: “Monsignor, we are so privileged to have you join us!” He looked at me, he looked at the crowd, and said: “Well, yes you are!”
 
He was right! We were privileged! All of us were privileged to have him in our lives. We were certainly privileged to have him as a priest of the Diocese of Peoria and we were privileged to have him as our Director & Head Chaplain at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center, we were privileged to have him as Chaplain to the Fighting Illini, and we were privileged to have him on the campus of the University of Illinois for 55years.
 
Upon his retirement in 1997, he simply said that he hoped to be remembered as a good priest who was present for students and inspired them to be active, faithful Catholics. 
 
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! From Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus Christ, the High Priest, now bids a priest of over 70 years Msgr. Duncan  forward with these words: “Well done! You are an industrious and reliable servant … Come, share your Master’s joy!”
 

1/4/2012: Chaplain Emeritus, Monsignor Edward Duncan Passes Away at 96

Wake and Visitation at Hurst Funeral Home, LaSalle, IL on Tuesday, January 10 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's followed by Burial at St. Vincent’s Cemetary, LaSalle, IL.
 
Monsignor Edward J Duncan, legendary Catholic Chaplain and Director of the Newman Foundation at the University of Illinois from 1943 to 1998, passed away peacefully in Rancho Santa Fe, CA on January 3, 2012. He was 96 years old. He was born September 7, 1915 in LaSalle, Illinois to J. Walter and Velma Marie (Twomey) Duncan, he was named after his mother’s father, Edward Twomey. He is survived by his beloved brother, Raymond of Denver, CO, along with a large number of nieces, nephews, and great friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: J. Walter and Vincent.
 
A native of La Salle, Illinois, he grew up as a member of St Patrick’s Parish in LaSalle and graduated from St Bede’s Academy in Peru where he was honored with a number of academic awards. He completed his undergraduate degree from Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA, graduating with high honors. Upon choosing the priesthood, he was encouraged by then Bishop Joseph Schlarman to attend the Canisianum Seminary of Innsbruck, Austria. When Nazis marched into Austria in 1938, the seminary was temporarily moved to Sion, Switzerland. Because of the events surrounding WWII, he moved again and spent a portion of the next semester studying in Ireland - but was quickly summoned home because of the continued unrest and uncertainty related to the war. He then enrolled at Catholic University in Washington DC in their School of Sacred Sciences, receiving his licentiate in May of 1941 and returned to Illinois for ordination and appointment through the Diocese of Peoria.
 
After ordination, he celebrated his first mass at St Patrick’s in LaSalle, and was then assigned Assistant Pastor at St Malachy Church in Rantoul. While there, he also served as Auxiliary Military Chaplain to the servicemen at Chanute Air Force Base. After a few months, he was then assigned to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Streator, again serving as Assistant Pastor. Next was a position as Chaplain at St Francis Hospital in Peoria. In order to again further his studies, he returned to Catholic University, graduating in 1943 with a doctorate in Sacred Theology.
 
Later that year, Bishop Schlarman appointed him Director of the financially distressed St John’s Chapel and Newman Center at the University of Illinois. It is there where he displayed some of his best work - in the form of resurrecting an almost bankrupt St John’s Chapel and Newman Hall. To that financial retrenchment, he brought the intelligence of an outstanding student, the learning of a textual scholar, and a bent for practicality perhaps to be expected from one reared in a family of bankers and entrepreneurs. Within several years, St John’s Catholic Newman Center – still the only Newman Center in the country with on-site housing for students in a Catholic faith-based environment - was again solvent, and he continued to lead it for over fifty years. Said Father Richard Mullen: “When the history of this foundation is written, it will have to be recorded that Monsignor Duncan inherited a near corpse, breathed health and vitality into it and kept it running efficiently ever since.”
 
His youthful sense of purpose at St John’s Catholic Newman Center allowed him to develop strong relationships with hundreds of Catholic students on both the University of Illinois and Parkland College campuses. His relationship building did not stop with students. His many friendships, business commitments, and religious service kept him active in the Champaign-Urbana business and social community, the UI academic community, alongside political leaders in and around the State of Illinois, Catholic decision-makers worldwide, and the many alumni and friends of SJCNC. Included in those experiences were multiple audiences with the Pope and Vatican leaders.
 
One of his responsibilities that quickly became a labor of love was that of Head Chaplain for Fighting Illini student-athletes, providing spiritual support for team-members and staff throughout his time on the campus. A constant fixture on the sidelines, he worked with 10 different head football coaches and 8 head basketball coaches. Said former University of Illinois Director of Athletics Ron Guenther “Monsignor Duncan was an icon and an integral part of our athletic program for over 50 years and provided spiritual guidance to countless Fighting Illini student-athletes. He was a special friend and mentor and will certainly be missed.”   
 
His accomplishments through the years were truly countless and oft recognized both locally and worldwide, and in 2001, his life on the University of Illinois campus was detailed in book form in A Campus Ministry by Patrick J Daly Jr.
 
Said today’s SJCNC Director and Head Chaplain Gregory Ketcham (also Chaplain to Fighting Illini Varsity student-athletes)“Monsignor Duncan’s influence will be felt at SJCNC in perpetuity. Without his leadership, SJCNC would have disappeared decades ago. My staff, along with generations of Catholic Illini are forever grateful for his countless contributions on our behalf.”
 
His philanthropic endeavors included literally hundreds of organizations throughout the years, as he took great pride seeing people benefit from his giving. He actively supported St Bede’s Academy, Holy Cross College, Catholic University, St John’s Catholic Newman Center, The I FUND, and The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts among others.
 
What little time he had for personal recreation over the years, he enjoyed tennis, horseback riding, snow skiing, golf, and countless worldly tours with his family. He especially enjoyed sharing fine wine and dinners with his many family and friends.
 
A funeral mass will take place at St. Patrick parish in LaSalle, IL on January 11, at 11:00 am.  Bishop Daniel Jenky, Bishop of Peoria, will be officiating. A memorial mass on the UI campus at St John’s Catholic Newman Center will take place at a later date. Memorial gifts, which will be used to sustain and memorialize Msgr. Duncan’s years of service to the University of Illinois students, may be made in his name to St John’s Catholic Newman Center (604 E Armory Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820). Hurst Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Burial will take place at St. Vincent's Cemetery in La Salle, IL.     
 

12/6/2011: Immaculate Conception Mass Schedule

Thursday, December 8 is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and is a Holy Day of Obligation.  Masses will be held Wednesday, December 7 (Vigil) at 5:00 PM and Thursday, December 8 at 12:05 PM, 5:00 PM, and 9:00 PM.

 

11/28/2011: St. John's Annual Christmas Concert & Mass

Please join us for St. John's Annual Christmas Concert & Mass!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

7:30 PM Christmas Concert

8:30 PM Mass

Cookies and punch will be served in the Social Hall (beneath St. John's Chapel) following the Mass. 

 

 

11/8/2011: Fall Break Mass Schedule

Please note our Fall Break Mass Schedule:

Saturday, November 19 - 12:05 PM, 4:00 PM (Confessions), 5:00 PM (Vigil)

Sunday, November 20 - 10:30 AM

Monday, November 21 - 12:05 PM

Tuesday, November 22 - 12:05 PM

Wednesday, November 23 - 12:05 PM

Thursday, November 24 - 9:00 AM

Friday, November 25 - 12:05 PM

Saturday, November 26 - 12:05 PM, 4:00 PM (Confessions), 5:00 PM (Vigil)

Sunday, November 27 - 10:30 AM, 9:00 PM

Monday, November 28 - Resume Normal Mass Schedule

 

10/18/2011: Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout

SJCNC welcomes Mr. Patrick McCaskey on November 1st at 7:00 PM in the Swetland Assembly Rooms.  Mr. McCaskey is currently the Senior Director with the Chicago Bears.  He is chairman of Sports Faith International, an initiative that honors exceptional athletes who lead exemplary lives at the professional, college and high school levels.  He is a frequent speaker known for his sense of humor and his Christian devotion.  Come join us and hear Mr. McCaskey as he honestly shares his faith and life-lesson experiences.  Refreshments will be served - bring a friend!

 

9/27/2011: SJCNC Welcomes Matthew Kelly to Campus!

Matthew Kelly is coming to the University of Illinois

Monday, October 17th at 7:00 P.M., Foellinger Auditorium

The event is FREE!

Matthew Kelly was born in Sydney, Australia, where he began speaking and writing in 1993.  Since that time he has travelled in more than fifty countries and spoken to over four million people.  He has written twelve books which have appeared on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists and have been published in twenty-five languages.  His titles include: The Rhythm of Life, The Seven Levels of Intimacy, The Dream Manager, and Building Better Families.

His core message, regardless of whether he is speaking in a business, a school, or at a church, invites listeners to become the-best-version-of-themselves.  Kelly convincingly communicates this message as God's desire for each of us. 

Please come out and join us in welcoming Matthew Kelly!

 

9/7/2011: Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit at St. John's

We will host a Eucharistic Miracles exhibit September 13-26.  Seventy panels will be displayed throughout the halls and corridors of St. John's Catholic Newman Center.  The exhibit takes viewers around the globe, across the centuries, recounting the wonderful miracles performed by God that we might believe in His Real Presence in the Eucharist.  On Tuesday, September 13, Fr. Charles Klamut will speak on the significance of Eucharistic miracles in the Roman Catholic tradition, implication on Eucharistic devotion, and ways to spiritually approach our visiting exhibit.  The talk will take place at 7pm in the Swetland Assembly rooms of St. John's Catholic Newman Center.  All are welcome to attend the talk and view the exhibit.
 

8/22/2011: Msgr. Stuart Swetland Returns to Campus

Msgr. Stuart Swetland, former Director and Head Chaplain, returns to campus the weekend of September 17-19, 2011.  Msgr. Swetland will preach all of the weekend Masses as a prelude to 24 Hours of Grace which will take place September 23-24, 2011.  Following the 10:30 a.m. Mass on September 18th, a reception in honor of Msgr. Swetland will take place in the Swetland Assembly rooms on the lower level from 12:00 PM-2:00 PM.  Please RSVP to Vickie Hart at vickie.hart@sjcnc.org or by calling the Chapel office at 217-255-6641. 

Msgr. Swetland holds the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Endowed Chair for Christian Ethics at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  He is also the Vice President for Catholic Identity of the University and serves as the Executive Director for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education.

 

 

6/28/2011: A Message from our Director & Head Chaplain

Dear Friends of SJCNC,

 
Greetings!  Let me begin by acknowledging that this statement has received the full endorsement, support, and encouragement of Dr. Kenneth Howell.  Given the circumstances of last summer, I felt it was important to update you on recent developments.  Dr. Howell was notified this spring by the Dean of the Religious Studies Department of the University of Illinois that there would be a restructuring of the curriculum concerning Catholicism.  The Dean wished to retain the present courses being offered (Introduction to Catholicism and Modern Catholic Thought).  However, he wished to expand the Catholic curriculum by offering new courses on the Latino experience of Catholicism.  This will now be a new, full-time position in the Religious Studies Department and Dr. Howell was invited to apply for the position.  I advocated on behalf of Dr. Howell with the Administration of the University.  However, after a period of discernment, Dr. Howell has decided not to apply for the position.  Dr. Howell has accepted a full-time position within the auspices of the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago.  Retaining residence in Champaign, Dr. Howell will continue to frequent SJCNC on Wednesdays and Fridays to mix with the students and staff as well as participate in a lecture series at SJCNC during both semesters.  Although I am disappointed by the outcome of the relationship between the University and Dr. Howell, I am most pleased that Dr. Howell will continue to be a familiar face as a member of our Newman Family!  The catechetical and instructional arm of our ministry here at SJCNC will be secured by the teaching of Mr. Shawn Reeves, Father Charles Klamut, Sr. Loretta Dedomenicis, FMA, and Sr. Theresa Lee, FMA.  Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we promise our prayers in return!
 
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
 
Msgr. Gregory K. Ketcham
Director and Head Chaplain
St. John’s Catholic Newman Center
University of Illinois
 

4/26/2011: Annual Graduation Mass & Reception

Congratulations Graduates!

On Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 5:00pm, Msgr. Gregory Ketcham and the Priests of St. John’s Chapel will celebrate the Annual Graduation Mass at SJCNC. A special reception in the Newman Hall Dining Room (with appetizers and a buffet dinner) in honor of our graduates will immediately follow the Mass. There is no cost to attend the reception.  We just ask that you notify us of the number in your party.  If you are graduating and would like to be recognized during the Mass and Reception, please contact Vickie Hart @vickie.hart@sjcnc.org or call the Chapel Office at 217-344-1184 by 5-9-11.

 

4/12/2011: Announcement from the Director

Dear Friends of St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois,

 
As we stand on the doorstep of the Celebration of the Lord’s Victory, God in His abundant graciousness has bestowed an early Easter giftupon us!
 
With that said, I wish to first acknowledge publicly ourimmense gratitude here at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois for the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception who have served us faithfully for over a decade.  Their tireless prayer and pastoral work have literally touched the hearts and lives of thousands of students.  Their dedication will never be forgotten and they will always be part of the Newman Family!  I anticipate seeing Sr. Sarah Roy, OSF a number of times throughout the coming year as she becomes full time Vocations Director for the Order and seeing Sr. Janice Keenan, OSF at Koinonia Reunions and other events.  Our prayers go with them!
 
The Holy Spirit has brought a new group of dedicated Women Religious into our Newman Family!  It is my privilege and joy to announce a partnership in ministry here at SJCNC at the University of Illinois with the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco!  The Community of Salesian Sisters was founded by St. John Bosco, in collaboration with St. Mary Mazzarello, on August 5, 1872 in Mornese, Alessandria, Italy.  In 1908, the first Salesian Sisters arrived in the U.S.A. and settled in New Jersey.  SJCNC at the University of Illinois will receive 5 full time Salesian Sisters in the first part of June.  Their website states:  “Our Founders handed on to us a simple style of spirituality:  seeing Christ in the young, and the young in Christ.  It is a spirituality that sees holiness not as self-centered and introspective, but as pastoral and educational.  They taught us to make our everyday life the place where we meet God, especially in the many faces of the young, and to learn to share the journey of faith and the celebration of life with them.  Distinct characteristics of our Salesian spirituality are the three devotions that have been part of our prayers since the beginning:  a) Love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament; b) Friendship with Mary under the special title of Help of Christians; and c) Dedication to the Church, seen especially in the person of the Pope.”  Wow!  Is that ever appropriate for Newman Campus Ministry!  It is with great excitement that we anticipate the abundant fruit that willcome from the ministry of the Salesian Sisters for decades to come.
 
Please join me in welcoming the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco with a prayer and a hearty “GO ILLINI!”
 
 
Sincerely Yours In Christ,
 
Monsignor Gregory K. Ketcham
Director & Head Chaplain
St. John’s Catholic Newman Center
University of Illinois
 

4/8/2011: Walking Stations of the Cross on the Quad

Join us for our annual Walking Stations of the Cross held on the University of Illinois Quad (behind the Illini Union).  St. John's Catholic Newman Center students reenact the 14 Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, April 22, 2011 beginning at 12:00 p.m.  Those wishing to attend should gather in the south courtyard of St. John's Catholic Newman Center (604 E. Armory Avenue).  The faithful will then process to the Quad.

 

 

 

 

4/7/2011: Wonder What It Is Like To Work In The Vatican?

Msgr. Richard Soseman, priest of the Diocese of Peoria and currently a member of the Congregation for the Clergy in the Vatican will come to speak at St. John's on Monday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m.  Msgr. Soseman will talk about what it is like to work for and in the Vatican. Following Msgr. Soseman's talk he will take questions from the audience.  Light refreshments will be served.  All are welcome!

 

3/18/2011: Spring Break Mass Schedule

The Spring Break Mass Schedule is as follows:

Saturday, March 19 - 12:05 PM Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Vigil Mass

Sunday, March 20 - 9:00 AM Spanish Mass, 10:30 AM Mass

Monday, March 21 - 12:05 PM Mass

Tuesday, March 22 - 12:05 PM Mass

Wednesday, March 23 - 12:05 PM Mass

Thursday, March 24 - 12:05 PM Mass

Friday, March 25 - 12:05 PM Mass

Saturday, March 26 - 12:05 PM Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Vigil Mass

Sunday, March 27 - 9:00 AM Spanish Mass, 10:30 AM Mass, 9:00 PM Mass

Monday, March 28 - Resume Normal Mass Schedule

 

3/15/2011: The Day to Day Experiences of Working For & In The Vatican

Monsignor Richard Soseman, a member of the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy, will be present to speak with students on Monday, April 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the Swetland Assembly Room.  Monsignor Soseman will give a 40 minute presentation on "The Day to Day Experiences of Working For & In The Vatican."  Monsignor Soseman will then field questions from the audience. 

 

3/11/2011: Stations of the Cross during Lent

 

Stations of the Cross on Fridays of Lent
(no Stations on March 25-Spring Break)
Join us at 3:00 PM in St. John’s Chapel
 
 
 
The Stations help the faithful to make a spiritual pilgrimage of prayer, through meditating upon the chief scenes of Christ's sufferings and death.
 

2/25/2011: Ash Wednesday Schedule-March 9

Ash Wednesday Schedule
8:00am Mass with Ashes
12:05pm Mass with Ashes
12:10pm Ash Service with Liturgy of the Word
1:45pm Ash Service on the Quad
2:00-3:00pm Confessions on the Quad
3:45pm Exposition
4:00pm Confessions
5:00pm Mass with Ashes
5:05pm Ash Service with Liturgy of the Word
7:00pm Spanish Mass
9:00pm Mass with Ashes
9:05pm Ash Service with Liturgy of the Word

 

 

2/15/2011: Announcement from the Director

Dear Students, Staff, and Friends of SJCNC,

The Superior of the Franciscans of the Immaculate Conception notified me a number of weeks ago that Sr. Sarah Roy would become the full-time Vocations Director for their Order next year.  Thus, leaving us with only one full-time Sister available next year to minister to the students of St. John's Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois.  Although I care very much for Sr. Sarah and Sr. Janice Keenan and have let them know that, my pastoral concern and love for the students must be my priority.  Thus, after consultation with the Catholic Diocese of Peoria and the Superior of the Franciscans, a decision has been made to bring our relationship of full-time ministry with the Franciscans to a conclusion this coming summer.  We THANK Sr. Janice Keenan, Sr. Saray Roy, and all the other Franciscans who have previously served in ministry at St. John's!  We will enjoy Sr. Sarah's frequent visits in doing vocations work in the years to come and I anticipate seeing both Sr. Sarah and Sr. Janice at many Koinonia Reunions and the like.  They are always welcome at St. John's!  Be assured, ALL ministries of St. John's Catholic Newman Center will continue on!  Because of my care and concern for all of our students, and especially in this care, for our young ladies, please keep me in your prayers as I pursue discussions with other Religious Congregations who can join our Pastoral Staff and meet the needs of our students.  May God continue to Bless us now and in the future!

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Msgr. Ketcham

 

11/23/2010: The Healing of Deacon John Sullivan

On Monday, February 7, 2011, St. John's Catholic Newman Center will host Deacon John Sullivan. Deacon Sullivan, a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Boston, received miraculous healing with the intercession of Cardinal Newman. It was through this miracle that the Church declared Newman “Blessed.”

Join us to hear Deacon Sullivan's story at 7:00 p.m. in the Swetland Assembly Rooms.  Following Deacon Sullivan's talk, time will be allotted for questions and answers.  Refreshments will be served.


 

 

11/1/2010: Jack Roeser to Speak at St. John's

SJCNC welcomes Mr. Jack Roeser, renowned Champaign News Talk Radio host.  Jack shares his views on "Faith and Politics" at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, November 9th in the Swetland Assembly rooms.  Jack is an entrepreneur in business and politics and is the Chairman and founder of Otto Engineering, Inc. in Carpentersville, IL.  For decades Jack has put his money where his mouth is in the political arena and he has issued a call for more good men and women to step forward and join in the work for positive reform. 

 

10/20/2010: SJO's 5K Run for Justice in Crystal Lake Park

 
Run - Walk -  Volunteer!
 
Registration fee: Earlybird special—$12 before
October 1st ($15 through Oct. 29—$20 on race day)
 
Money raised helps fund our
charity grants and service trips.
 
Run, Walk, or Volunteer.  
Contact Claire Zoellner for more
information at c.zoellner1@gmail.com
 
 

10/7/2010: Fr. Jeff Grob-Exorcist to Speak at St. John's

 

"I saw Satan fall like lightning from the sky"

 Fr. Jeff Grob, exorcist for the Archdiocese of Chicago, will speak at St. John's Catholic Newman Center on Thursday, October 28th at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel.  Last year, St. John's exorcist speaker filled Foellinger and we are once again expecting a full house this year.  Fr. Grob will speak of his training and experiences.  Time for questions and answers will follow Fr. Grob's talk.  Refreshments will be served in the Newman Hall Dining Room following the event.  The event is free of charge.

 

10/7/2010: 24 Hours of Grace

From 11:00 a.m. on October 1st until 11:00 a.m. on October 2nd, St. John's Catholic Newman Center held its second annual 24 Hours of Grace.  Confessions were heard in the Chapel for all 24 hours.  A Procession of the Divine Mercy image to the Quad preceeded 2 1/4 hours of non-stop Confessions on the Quad.  Students also signed up for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament around the clock. 

 

 

 

8/25/2010: Hear Fr. Co's Radio Interviews!

Our own Fr. Anthony Co has been a guest on Relevant Radio four times during 2010.  Click here for links to each of his recent interviews.

 

8/19/2010: SJCNC's Shawn Reeves Featured in EWTN Story

Our Director of Religious Education, Shawn Reeves, was the focus of a story about an education conference recently held at Franciscan University of Steubenville:

http://www.ewtnnews.com/new.php?id=1304

Nice work, Shawn!

 

8/10/2010: Fr. Anthony Co Returns from Mission Trip

Last month, Fr. Anthony Co served as the chaplain for a FOCUS mission trip to the Philippines. Among the FOCUS missionaries leading the trip was Newman alumnus and 2003 Illinois graduate Miko Sy.  Check out their brief retrospective video below:

 

 

 

7/30/2010: Update on Dr Howell's Reinstatement

 

Dear Friends of St. John’s Catholic Newman Center,

 

I want to share with you how the conversations that have taken place between our Newman Center and the University of Illinois have recently borne fruit.  I invite you to read the public statement from the Diocese of Peoria found below.  Thank you for your patience with us during the confusion of recent weeks—your support has been greatly appreciated as we strived to do what was necessary to defend our tradition, chart our future, and retain a healthy relationship with the University of Illinois. 

 

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

 

Msgr. Gregory K. Ketcham

Director

 

 

NEWS RELEASE

The Catholic Diocese of Peoria

309-671-1550

July 30, 2010

 

DIOCESE OF PEORIA CONFIRMS UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS’ DECISION

TO REHIRE CATHOLIC PROFESSOR KENNETH HOWELL

 

For Immediate Release

 

PEORIA- The University of Illinois has confirmed with officials from the Catholic Diocese
of Peoria that they will comply with the Diocese’s request that Dr. Kenneth Howell be allowed to teach courses at the University. Chancellor, Patricia M. Gibson, stated, “The Diocese of Peoria has met with and had several discussions with the University of Illinois officials since their decision in May to terminate Dr. Howell’s ability to teach at the University. We have had several meetings and discussions with University officials and are very pleased that the outcome of these efforts resulted in a return of Dr. Kenneth Howell to the classroom.

“In recent years, Dr. Howell has done an excellent job teaching at the University and both Monsignor Gregory Ketcham, Director of St. John’s Catholic Newman Center, and Diocesan representatives staunchly advocated that he remain the adjunct professor of courses in Catholicism.” Gibson further stated, “The University of Illinois also wishes to consult with St. John’s Catholic Newman Center and the Diocese in the future regarding these courses.

“St. John’s Catholic Newman Center and the Diocese of Peoria adamantly embrace the whole of Catholic teaching as decreed by the Magisterium of the Church. The University of Illinois has indicated that they value a relationship with the Newman Center and plan to continue to offer these courses in Catholic studies. They have also asked that they be allowed the freedom to pay Dr. Howell’s salary for instructing these courses

and this decision was met with no objection from the Diocese, the Newman Center, or the Alliance Defense Fund, which has been actively involved in assisting Dr. Kenneth Howell in this matter.”

Gibson further stated, “Most Reverend Daniel Jenky, C.S.C., Bishop of the Diocese of Peoria, is immensely grateful that the University of Illinois was willing to listen to our concerns and has decided to act in what he believes is a very appropriate manner in allowing Dr. Kenneth Howell to return to the classroom. St. John’s Catholic Newman Center and the Diocese of Peoria have had a rare and proven relationship with the University of Illinois for decades and we look forward to further discussions with them as we chart our future, and maintain a healthy relationship. Overall, it is important that we work together to determine how St. John’s Catholic Newman Center can best serve the University and the Catholic students there.”

St. John’s Catholic Newman Center intends to meet with Dr. Howell next week to determine an ongoing role for him at the Newman Center which will complement his work teaching at the University.

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7/16/2010: Announcement Regarding Dr. Howell

Statement from Msgr. Gregory Ketcham
 
Dear Friends of St. John's Catholic Newman Center, 

Many of you have inquired of the upsetting news of the University of Illinois’ supposed dismissal of our Professor that we employed to teach Catholic courses on campus for University credit. The Catholic Diocese of Peoria felt that it would be irresponsible to react too quickly making a public statement without first giving the University of Illinois the chance to speak with us. It wasn’t until July 10 that we finally heard from the University, and the Diocese of Peoria will be speaking with the University early next week. St. John’s Catholic Newman Center (SJCNC) and the Catholic Diocese of Peoria firmly proclaim all the truths of the Catholic Faith! Dr. Ken Howell was primarily employed by SJCNC to teach Catholic courses on campus for University credit and we will seek to lobby for him to continue to do that and for the Catholic cause on campus. Please find below the Diocesan Statement regarding this matter. Also, please pray for the success of the Diocese’s meeting with the University of Illinois.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Monsignor Gregory K. Ketcham

Director and Head Chaplain
St. John’s Catholic Newman Center
at the University of Illinois


Statement from the Diocese of Peoria


NEWS RELEASE

The Catholic Diocese of Peoria

July 15, 2010

Contact:
Patricia M. Gibson
Chancellor
309-671-1550

“Diocese of Peoria to Meet with University of Illinois Officials Over Termination of Catholic Professor”

For Immediate Release

PEORIA- The Diocese of Peoria has confirmed that they will be meeting with University of Illinois officials to discuss the termination of Catholic Professor, Kenneth Howell, who had taught courses in the Department of Religion. St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois employed Professor Howell to teach the Catholic courses at the University under a previous arrangement with the University. Howell was informed at the end of the spring semester that he would no longer be allowed to teach in the Department of Religion.

The Chancellor of the Diocese of Peoria, Patricia M. Gibson, stated, “The Diocese has been seeking contact with the University of Illinois since the time we were informed of the decision to terminate Professor Howell. Only last week did the University contact the Diocese to arrange a meeting. The University has given us every assurance that they intend to continue to offer Catholic courses in the Department of Religion. They have also indicated that they are open to a discussion concerning who will teach these courses in the future.

“The Diocese has had direct contact with the President of the University of Illinois, who has reiterated that academic freedom is at the core of their teaching and he is willing to have a review of this action so that all the details related to this situation can be investigated.

“The Diocese of Peoria is committed to pursuing this matter and looks forward to cooperation from the University of Illinois so that a just resolution can be obtained.”

 

7/4/2010: 200 campus ‘missionaries’ trained at U. of I. Newman

As published in The Catholic Post:

CHAMPAIGN -- Curtis Martin likes everything about St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois, from the hospitality of Msgr. Gregory Ketcham, chaplain, and his staff to the beauty of the chapel.

“The facilities are second to none,” said the founder and president of FOCUS -- the Fellowship of Catholic University Students -- who brought 200 full-time “missionaries” to St. John’s for a second summer of training in Scripture, evangelization and apologetics. The five-week session ended July 2 with a commissioning Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo. ... [Read the full article by The Catholic Post here.]

 

5/17/2010: Follow that priest... on Twitter!

That's right, our own Fr. Anthony Co has started using Twitter. Check out his latest tweets here: http://twitter.com/FrAnthonyCo

Get updates via SMS (after you sign up for an account) by texting follow FrAnthonyCo to 40404in the United States.

 

5/6/2010: Graduation Festivities - May 15

Congratulations, Class of 2010!

On Saturday, May 15 at 5:00pm, Msgr. Gregory Ketcham and the Priests of St. John’s Chapel will celebrate the annual Graduation Mass at SJCNC. A special reception in the Newman Hall Dining Room (with appetizers and a buffet dinner) in honor of our graduates will immediately follow the Mass. There is no cost to attend the reception. If you are graduating and would like to be recognized during the Mass and Reception, please contact Vickie Hart @vickie.hart@sjcnc.org or call the Chapel Office at 217-344-1184 by May 10, 2010.

 

4/5/2010: Pictures from Living Stations of the Cross

Check out pictures from our annual Living Stations of the Cross at the Catholic Illini blog:

http://www.catholicillini.com/2010/04/good-friday-slideshow.html

Happy Easter!

 

3/9/2010: Catholic-Muslim dialogue on Mary

Mary: Muslims and Catholics in Conversation

 

Though many may not be aware, both Catholics and Muslims hold Mary, the Mother of Jesus, in high esteem.  On Wednesday, March 17th we’ll have an opportunity to discover the various similarities and differences between the Muslim and Catholic views of Mary.  A representative from the Muslim community and a representative from the St. John’s pastoral staff will speak on the significance of Mary in each of their respective faiths, followed by a meal with time for discussion.

 

The event will begin at 6pm in the Msgr. Swetland Room at SJCNC.  So that we might prepare enough food, we ask that you RSVP to Shawn Reeves at shawn.reeves@sjcnc.org by Monday, March 15.

 

3/8/2010: We've got a blog!

Check out the new Catholic Illini blog at www.catholicillini.com!  Several members of the SJCNC team - including Fr. Luke, Shawn Reeves, and FOCUS team director Travis Todd - will share their insights with the rest of the world on a regular basis.  We'll also use the blog to share pictures and videos of recent events and to promote our upcoming activities.  Take a look and join the conversation.

 

 

 

2/18/2010: Video & Audio of D'Souza-Loftus Debate Available Here!

Click here to download the full audio (55.9MB) of the February 9 debate between John W. Loftus and Dinesh D'Souza:

"Does the Christian God Exist?"

 

 

 

2/9/2010: Dinesh D'Souza and John W. Loftus debate TONIGHT!

Watch Dinesh D'Souza and John W. Loftus debate tonight at 7pm in Foellinger Auditorium!  If you're snowed in or otherwise can't make it to campus this evening, you may watch it live here:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/sjcnc

By week's end, we plan to have audio and video recordings of the event available here.  Stay tuned!

If you attend the debate in person, be sure to join both speakers at the Newman Center (one block west of Foellinger Audtorium) immediately following the event for a special book signing.  Illini Union Bookstore staff will be on hand, selling copies of D'Souza's What's So Great About Christianity? and Loftus' Why I Became an Atheist.

 

2/5/2010: 40 Hours Devotion with Fr. Tom Holloway

The weekend of February 19-21, former SJCNC chaplain Fr. Tom Holloway will return to campus to lead our Forty Hours Devotion.

The full schedule for the weekend may be found here: http://www.sjcnc.org/fortyhours.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1/13/2010: The Great God Debate comes to Univ. of Illinois

 

Authors Dinesh D’Souza and John W. Loftus to Tackle Questions of Faith and Reason
 
CHAMPAIGN,IL—On February 9, 2010 at 7:00pm on the University of Illinois campus, authors Dinesh D’Souza and John W. Loftus will debate the question “Does the Christian God exist?” The event will be held in Foellinger Auditorium on the south end of the main Quad and is open to the public. After the formal portion of the debate, D’Souza and Loftus will field questions from the audience.
 
Mr. D’Souza will be responding in the affirmative. He is the author of What’s So Great About Christianity? and has appeared on a number of popular news programs. He has previously debated Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, Peter Singer, and a number of others.
 
Mr. Loftus will be responding in the negative. He is a former Christian minister and the author of the recently published Why I Became an Atheist, which has been acclaimed as one of the most effective defenses of atheism in recent times. Mr. Loftus is also a contributing author of the forthcoming The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails.
 
Moderating the debate will be Kenneth J. Howell, the director of the Institute of Catholic Thought at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center on the Illinois campus. “This debate should be a great opportunity for different worldviews to have a healthy exchange of ideas, which is the essence of what a university is about,” said Prof. Howell. “D’Souza and Loftus are both articulate spokespersons for their worldviews and their presence promises an enlightening evening.”
 
The event is being co-sponsored by the Champaign-Urbana Freethinkers, the Atheists, Agnostics, and Freethinkers student organization, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, and the St. John Institute of Catholic Thought. 
 
For more information, contact:
 
David Hazen
Director of Communications,
St. John’s Catholic Newman Center
(217) 255.6659
 

12/11/2009: FOCUS team prepares to lead over 100 students to Orlando

The six FOCUS missionaries serving our campus have been hard at work preparing for the national 'Made for More' conference, with a little help from some SJCNC staff:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqDjE1nxQm4

Several thousand college students from around the country will gather in Orlando for prayer, fellowship, and instruction in Christian leadership, morality, and more.  More than 100 U of I students have registered thus far.  Details may be found at www.focusconference.org.

 

 

12/7/2009: December 8, Holy Day of Obligation

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a Holy Day of Obligation.  A Catholic is obliged to attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in honor of Our Lady under penalty of grave sin if one misses without a serious reason.  Our Mass schedule will be:

- Vigil Mass, Monday, December 7th at 5:00 PM 
 
- Tuesday, December 8th at 8:00 AM, 12:05 PM, 5:00 PM, and 9:00 PM
 

12/2/2009: Advent Reflections

SJCNC's Director of Religious Education, Shawn Reeves, has begun offering reflections on his blog as we prepare for Christmas. Periodically each week of Advent new mediations will be added and linked at the bottom of the preceding meditation post

Follow the link to Within the Garden:

http://withinthegarden.blogspot.com/

 

 

11/12/2009: Illini Market to close

We regret to announce that, effective December 19,2009, the Illini Market will close without plans to reopen. With the input of students, staff, loyal customers, and friends, we are working to develop a plan for this space that will best suit the needs of our community.
 
To offer your comments and suggestions, please complete this brief survey.
 
We apologize for any inconvenience this closing may cause to our customers. Gift cards will remain valid until the closing, and all coupons will be void after that time. Thank you for your patronage. 
 

11/4/2009: 5K Run for Justice this Saturday!

Sign up for SJO’s 5K Run/Walk for Justice in lovely Crystal Lake Park in Urbana this Saturday, November 7 at 9:00 a.m.
 
All proceeds support the service trips and projects SJO offers to help the needy.
 
Registration forms are now available around the Newman Center, in the Newman Hall Office, and in various businesses around campus. To register by email, contact:
 
serviceandjustice@yahoo.com
 
Cost:
$15 October 1-November 6
$20 on Race Day
 

10/28/2009: "The Real Exorcist" draws crowd of nearly 1700

On Monday, October 26, 2009, Fr. Vince Lampert returned to campus to share the unique experiences and insights afforded him by virtue of his being one of only 12 exorcist priests in the US. Nearly 1700 students and community members turned out for "The Real Exorcist," and the question-and-answer portion of the program lasted for more than 90 minutes.

The Daily Illini's story may be found here.

Local TV station WICD also covered the event--watch here.

You can watch the formal portion of the presentation (in three parts) on our Youtube channel here.

You can listen to an mp3 of the full presentation here.

 

10/22/2009: Return of "The Real Exorcist"

Fr. Vince Lampert, official exorcist for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, will return to campus on October 26, 2009.  At 7pm that evening in Foellinger Auditorium, he will expound on the Church's understanding of exorcism, demonic activity, and the like.  The event, "The Real Exorcist," is open to the public and a Q&A session will follow the formal portion of Father's presentation.

Fr. Lampert is one of only 12 officially trained and recognized exorcist priests in the US, and has been serving in this capacity for four years.  He is also a full-time pastor of a large parish in Indianapolis.

Last year, Fr. Lampert spoke at SJCNC to an overflow crowd of nearly 300 students for two-and-a-half hours. A much larger crowd is expected for this year's event.

 

 

10/7/2009: New movie on Fatima miracle to be screened at SJCNC

Next Friday, October 16th, SJCNC will host a special pre-screening of a new film called The 13th Day, a dramatic retelling of the experiences of three shepherd children involved in the apparitions of Mary in Fatima, Portugal in 1917.  Come and enjoy this showing of a story of the supernatural in the life of three ordinary people and discover the impact of the message Our Lady of Fatima on three unsuspecting children. There is no cost to join in.  The 13th Day will be shown in the Msgr. Swetland Room at 8pm on October 16th. For more info about the film, go to http://www.ignatius.com/the-13th-day/.
 
 

9/30/2009: Fr. Wade Menezes to speak during 24 Hours of Grace

Fr. Wade Menezes of the Fathers of Mercy--often seen on EWTN--will visit SJCNC this weekend during our '24 Hours of Grace' event. On Friday, October 2nd, Fr. Wade will give a talk on the power to overcome sin that is found particularly in the sacrament of reconciliation. 

The talk will begin at 7pm in the Chapel and will be followed by a reception with light refreshments at 8pm in Lewis Lounge.  All are encouraged to attend.

 

 

9/30/2009: Newman RAs featured in Daily Illini

See the full story in the DI Housing Guide here:

http://www.dailyillini.com/special/housing-guide-2009/2009/09/28/students-build-leadership-skills-by-taking-on-positions-as-ras

 

9/22/2009: '40 Days for Life' Begins Today

 

Champaign, IL – “On September 22, Champaign area pro-life advocates will hold a kick-off event at the Newman Center’s Lewis Lounge at 604 E. Armory Ave. at 8pm to once again join together with people of faith and conscience from many other communities for the area’s third 40 Days for Life campaign starting on September 23,” said Ross Johnson, spokesman for the Champaign effort.  
 

“We know 40 Days for Life has made a difference in the Champaign area,” said Johnson. “Here are just a few of the positive results of our previous campaigns: At least six lives that we know of have been saved from abortion, hundreds of students and community members participated in this peaceful vigil for the first time, and thousands of hours were spent in prayer for the unborn and their mothers."

40 Days for Life is an intensive pro-life initiative that focuses on 40 days of prayer and fasting, 40 days of peaceful vigil at abortion facilities, and 40 days of grassroots educational outreach. The 40-day time frame is drawn from examples throughout Biblical history where God brought about world-changing transformation in 40-day periods.  
 

“40 Days for Life has generated proven lifesaving results since its beginning in 2004 in Bryan/College Station, Texas,” said David Bereit, national director of 40 Days for Life. “During four previous coordinated campaigns, more than 240 communities have participated in this effort. More than 200,000 people – representing some 5,000 churches – have committed to pray and fast. And we know of at least 1,561 unborn children whose lives were spared from abortion during 40 Days for Life campaigns.” 
 

To learn more about the 40 Days for Life campaign, visit: www.40daysforlife.com. For information about the Champaign campaign, visit: www.40daysforlife.com/champaign.  

 

9/18/2009: Need forgiveness?

24 Hours of Grace

Join us for 24 Hours of Grace, October 2-3.  Confessions will be heard in the Chapel beginning at 11:00 a.m. on October 2 and will continue until 11:00 am on October 3.  Also, Confessions will be heard on the Quad on October 2 from 1-3:00 p.m.  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will also occur during these 24 hours.  The regular Mass schedule will be in place for the weekend.  Materials for perparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation can be found in the Chapel or by calling 217-344-1184.

 

8/30/2009: Flood Situation Update

We have received approval from the Fire Dept. to allow students to return to their rooms in the north wing of Newman Hall.

The following were accomplished today:

- The temporary back-up generator has been installed and tested.

- The fire alarm system has been tested and is in service.

- The sprinkler system was approved by the Fire Dept.

- Hot water has been restored to both wings of the Hall.

On Monday we will re-stock the kitchen.  The first meal available that day will be dinner.  Newman residents may still go to Illini Tower for breakfast and lunch.

A/C will not be available in the Dining Room or offices as the air handling equipment was damaged.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

With questions, call 217.344.1266.

 

 

8/28/2009: Flooding at SJCNC

On the night of Thursday, August 27, a severe thunderstorm dropped several inches of rain over Champaign-Urbana in a very short period of time. The volume of precipitation caused flooding over large portions of the University of Illinois campus.

Due to a lack of drainage on the Sixth St. side of the building, excess rainwater filled portions of the sub-basement under the north wing of St. John’s Catholic Newman Center. Several electrical systems were affected, and our backup generator was submerged in several feet of water.
Because of the extent of the damage, SJCNC administration have deemed it necessary to temporarily relocate residents of the north wing of Newman Hall until we can restore the necessary safety and security systems, as mandated by City of Champaign building code. Some residents will remain on SJCNC premises in improvised sleeping quarters, while others will stay in certified housing units elsewhere on campus. 
While we cannot be certain how long it will take to conduct the necessary repairs and receive the needed authorizations from the City of Champaign, we have engaged all necessary contractors and city officials to expedite the restoration of occupancy to the maximum extent possible.  At this time, the Dining Room is closed to the public and will remain so until power is restored. Other than a lack of hot water, the south wing of the building remains largely unaffected. St. John’s Chapel will offer its regular liturgical schedule.
SJCNC staff will keep residents and parents abreast of developments in this unfortunate situation. We will continue to work to provide necessary services, and are developing a plan to address the drainage issues and prevent any recurrence of this problem.
For more information, please call the Newman Hall office at (217) 344-1266 or email halloffice@sjcnc.org.
 

8/21/2009: Welcome Home!

Newman Guides swarmed the vehicles of new residents from 8am to 5pm on Thursday, the official Move-In Day for the 2009-10 academic year.  As usual, the Newman Guides proved the adage "many hands make light work" as these returning students helped new Newmanites find their rooms, move their belongings, and navigate the check-in process.  In the meantime, parents were generally left with little to do but take a well-deserved break in the Dining Room.

Newman Guides: "We can do it!"

 

6/2/2009: Listen to Cardinal George's Grad Mass Homily

On May 16, 2009, Francis Cardinal George delivered an excellent homily on friendship at our Graduation Mass. Click here to listen.

You may also listen to the following remarks from the SJCNC Graduation reception:

Brock Perkes, Head RA, Class of '09

Ned Zerwic, father Megan Zerwic ('09)

 

 

5/27/2009: Cardinal George to Newman grads: Friendship is more than Facebook

(The following article was published in The Catholic Post of the Diocese of Peoria.) 

 By Tom Dermody

CHAMPAIGN — Popular online social networks such as Facebook and MySpace can be useful and enjoyable ways of contacting people and staying in touch, but Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago challenged college graduates to embrace a much deeper definition of friendship, especially with God through prayer.

“Friendship takes time and patience,” said Cardinal George, principal celebrant and homilist at a Graduation Mass for University of Illinois students and their families that drew an overflow crowd [May 16] to St. John’s Catholic Chapel on campus.

Click here to read the entire article:    http://cdop.org/post/PostArticle.aspx?ID=1022

 

4/14/2009: Dr. Howell on EWTN Radio

 

 

Shortly before Easter, SJCNC's own Dr. Kenneth Howell appeared on EWTN Radio's "Open Line" to share his conversion story and talk about his recent book on St. Ignatius of Antioch.  To listen to a recording of the show, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/30/2009: 'Legacy Liturgy' planned for May 16

On Saturday, May 16 at 5:00pm, His Eminence Francis Cardinal George of Chicago will celebrate the annual Graduation Mass at SJCNC with Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria. A special reception in honor of our graduating seniors and marking the end of our 80th year of ministry will immediately follow the Mass, and will be attended by both of our honored guests.  Friends and students of SJCNC are invited to attend and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Those seniors wishing to be recognized at the Graduation Mass should contact Vickie Hart in the Chapel Office at 217-255-6641 or by emailing vickie.hart@sjcnc.org.

 

3/24/2009: Two students spend Spring Break 'Biking for Babies'

SJCNC students Mike Schaefer ('11) and Jimmy Becker ('09) are in the middle of a six-day, 600-mile bicycle trek across Illinois.  Instead of lying on a beach or basking in the glow of the TV, the two have chosen to sacrifice Spring Break in order to raise money and awareness for mothers and their unborn children.

Schaefer, Becker, and a number of fellow students have spent the last several weeks planning and promoting Biking for Babies in the hopes of raising funds for the Living Alternatives Preganancy Center and for Students for Life of Illinois (run by SJCNC alumnus John-Paul Deddens). 

See local news coverage here and follow Mike and Jimmy on their journey at bikingforbabies.com. 

 

 

3/13/2009: Author Joseph Pearce to speak at SJCNC

 

On Wednesday, March 18 at 7pm in the Swetland Assembly Room, author Joseph Pearce will present "Dangerous Words: From the Hell of Hatred to the Freedom of Faith". 
"Twenty-five years ago he was a radical activist, a skinhead, and the editor of two hate-filled, extremist magazines. Today, Joseph Pearce is the author of several critically acclaimed, best-selling biographies of great nineteenth- and twentieth-century Christian authors."  [from his Ignatius Press page] 
 
Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet.Mr. Pearce will share the story of how several 'dead white men' (like G.K. Chesterton and Cardinal Newman) led him on his journey from East London racist rebelrouser--and convicted criminal--to devoted professor of literature.  For part of his conversion story, see this clip from a recent Chilean TV appearance [fear not, Mr. Pearce's portion is in English].  The author will also allow time after his presentation to sign copies of his books.
 

2/20/2009: Schedule for Divine Mercy Weekend

SJCNC is very pleased to welcome Fr. Tony Stephens of the Fathers of Mercy for a special weekend of preparation for Lent. The purpose of this weekend is to introduce students and staff to the Divine Mercy devotion and deepen their understanding of the power of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  All are welcome!

Beginning Friday, Feb 20, at 7:00pm in the Main Chapel: 
  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Homily entitled “Fundamentals of the Divine Mercy”
  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Reception to follow
Saturday (Feb. 21) in the Main Chapel: 
  • 9:00am - Conference for Staff and Student Leaders:  “Leadership in Evangelizing The Divine Mercy”
  • 10:30am - Conference on “Church, Vessel of Mercy”
  • 12:05pm - Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
  • Confessions to Follow Mass
  • 4:00pm - More Confessions
  • 5:00pm - Fr. Stephens celebrates Mass and gives Homily 
Sunday (Feb. 22) at 10:30am, 12:05pm, 5:00pm, and 9:00pm Masses, Fr. Stephens will preach.
A reception will be held at 6:15pm in the Social Hall beneath the Chapel.
 

2/20/2009: Catholics at the Capitol

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Springfield, Illinois

 

Join Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. and the Illinois Bishops on March 4th for Catholics at the Capitol, a unique opportunity to come to Springfield to discuss key issues that promote the common good by defending human life and working for social justice.

 

Faithful Citizenship calls each one of us to live our faith every day, not  just on Election Day.

YOUR PRESENCE MAKES A DIFFERENCE!!

For further information, contact the Catholic Conference of Illinois at 312-368-1066, go to www.catholicconferenceofillinois.org or contact Dave Hazen at 217-255-6659 or at david.hazen@sjcnc.org

 

2/3/2009: Missionaries Plan for Illinois Summer

 

Denver, CO - The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) announced today they will hold their annual staff training for over 200 missionaries at St. John's Catholic Newman Center (SJCNC), on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

The training--which begins May 30--consists of five weeks of prayer, hands-on training in evangelization and team building. This cooperative effort, between one of the largest Catholic centers of its kind and the most expansive Catholic campus outreach in the United States, builds on an eight-year history of collaboration. 

"The University of Illinois was one of the first major campuses to have a FOCUS team," said Curtis Martin, FOCUS President and Founder. "We were enthusiastic, even back in 2000, because of the Newman Center's reputation and the need for outreach at a school of 40,000 students." 

SJCNC was dedicated in 1928 and has the only Catholic residence hall on a secular campus in the US, which currently houses almost 600 students. For 80 years the Newman Center has provided students at U of I with spiritual, social, and intellectual formation, as well as valuable Catholic fellowship with their peers. 

Angela Telthorst, a 2003 graduate of the University of Illinois and current FOCUS Midwest Regional Director, was very excited about the news. She cites that the witness of young Catholics at SJCNC "propelled" her to serve as a missionary with FOCUS beginning in 2004. 

"My two and a half years at the University of Illinois were some of the most significant of my life. Upon my arrival at SJCNC, I encountered a vibrant Catholic community where I found the support, encouragement and formation I needed to develop my faith… Uniting in such a beautiful facility on a Big Ten University will be an excellent environment for our staff to pray and prepare for their work on campus," stated Telthorst. 

Fr. Gregory Ketcham, SJCNC Chaplain and Director, also shared in the excitement. "Our mission really coincides with that of FOCUS. The partnership just makes sense. Personally, I'm very enthusiastic about their decision to spend the summer here, as the missionaries have a joy and a zeal for Christ that is contagious." 

Over the past eight years, 30 University of Illinois graduates have joined FOCUS as missionaries. For the upcoming 2009-2010 academic year FOCUS projects adding several new campuses to their current 39, and hiring dozens of new missionaries, bringing their missionary numbers to more than 250.  See www.focusonline.org for more information.
 

12/18/2008: Dr. Howell publishes new book on Ignatius of Antioch

 We are happy to announce the release of Dr. Kenneth J. Howell's most recent book, Ignatius of Antioch: A New Translation and Theological Commentary.

Ignatius of Antioch succeeded St. Peter as bishop of Antioch and was the spiritual son of St. John the Apostle. Martyred in Rome, Ignatius stopped to visit seveal bishops of the churches in Asia Minor as he traveled under Roman guard from his home in Antioch of Syria. Along the way, he penned seven letters which give us snapshots of the faith and life of the churches of Asia Minor in a way equaled only by the Acts of the Apostles and the Book of Revelation. Understanding Ignatius of Antioch is the key to truly knowing the Christians of the first two centuries and what they believed.

Dr. Howell's book provides new translations of Ignatius's seven letters from the original Greek. His commentary and accompanying notes on each letter draw out the connections between Ignatius and the New Testament, especially Paul. The introductory essays explain the teachings of this church father who is still celebrated by eastern and western Christians alike and show his relevance to the modern world.

Ignatius of Antioch: A New Translation and Theological Commentary is available for purchase at the Illini Market.

 

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