The purpose of Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) is to create an environment in which all members of the university community are invited to enter more deeply into a loving and transformative relationship with God and to form disciples, who, empowered by the Holy Spirit, joyfully bear witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ as lifelong evangelizers in his Church.
This purpose is achieved by our staff and student leadership team through their ministry in four areas:
- Spiritual--creating opportunities for the members of CCM to enter more deeply into a relationship with God, both as individuals and as a community
- Faith Formation--assisting the members of CCM in achieving a deeper and more thorough understanding of the Catholic faith in order to enrich their spiritual lives and to enable them to give witness to the Gospel
- Service--leading the CCM community in serving Christ through service to our brothers and sisters by recognizing the needs that are present in the surrounding community and organizing the CCM community to meet them
- Social--reaching out to invite new members into the CCM community and creating opportunities for the CCM community to grow in fellowship with one another in an inviting, welcoming, and hospitable environment
The Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg has been supporting campus ministry at Bloomsburg University since 1965.
Who is welcome at Catholic Campus Ministry?
Everyone! Whether you are Catholic or not, whether you have strong faith or are doubting, whether you go to Mass every Sunday or have never stepped foot in a church, whether you are searching or have found what you're looking for, no matter who you are or what your situation, you are always welcome at Catholic Campus Ministry. We'd love to meet you!
The Newman House
Home of Catholic Campus Ministry
You are always welcome at the Newman House, the home of Catholic Campus Ministry at Bloomsburg University (pictured in the background). We are located at 353 East Second Street—the 4th house on the right down the hill from Carver Hall. The Newman House is open from 9:00 AM-10:00 PM, seven days a week, during the academic year. Come down to study, pray, enjoy a cup of coffee, take a break, watch TV, have a snack, or check out the video games. The Newman House is meant to be a home away from home for students. Its facilities include a chapel for Mass and prayer, a fully-equipped kitchen, a dining room for small group dinners with friends, a living room with a TV, a game room, and space for study groups. The House has wifi, so feel free to go online while you’re here. Everyone is always welcome at the Newman House—whether you are Catholic or not. Come daily, weekly, monthly, or even just once a semester, there is no need to sign up, just show up as you’d like.
Interfaith Prayer Room
Kehr Union Building Room 420
Looking for a place to pray on campus? Don't have time to stop by the Newman House? The Interfaith Prayer Room on campus is available to all students, and has space dedicated specifically for Catholics desiring to pray. Various prayer resources and prayer aids are available in the room for you to use.
Our Patron, Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman
The Newman House is named after Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman. Bl. Newman lived from 1801 to 1890. He was ordained as an Anglican priest, but converted to Catholicism when he was 44 years old. Bl. Newman is known for his impressive works of theology, philosophy, education, and apologetics which later influenced the Second Vatican Council. He also founded a Catholic University in Dublin and a Catholic School in Birmingham. Three years after Bl. Newman died, a Newman Club for Catholic students began at the University of Pittsburgh. In time, his name has become linked to ministry centers at public universities throughout the United States. Cardinal Newman is called “Blessed” because he is in the process of being canonized a saint. His feast day is October 9. Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, pray for us!