The Newman Catholic Center at University Heights, which consists of Rutgers Newark, NJIT, and Essex County Community College, is part of the Newman Apostolate of the Archdiocese of Newark. We seek to serve students in their spiritual, moral, and intellectual development, in accordance with the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.

Newman Catholic meets on a regular basis for prayer, faith formation, local outreach, and fellowship. We offer numerous opportunities - both on campus at the Newman Catholic Center on 91 Washington St. in Newark.

Adjacent to Saint Patrick's Pro-Cathedral, the Newman Catholic Center is home to our staff and variety of ministries. Feel free to stop in any time and look around. Our chaplains and campus ministers are there to answer questions and help orient you around campus, our faith, and life in general.

Our goals are to:

  • To create an awareness of the Catholic faith on each campus among students of Rutgers-Newark, NJIT, and Essex County College.

  • To provide publicity and outreach at each campus for the various programs of the Newman Catholic Center.

  • To foster a welcoming atmosphere and build community among the students and programs of Newman Catholic.

  • To sponsor various special events for the enjoyment and benefit of students at Rutgers-Newark, NJIT, and Essex County College.



One of the top questions we receive is "who is 'Newman?'" We are named after Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman.

Cardinal Newman lived in the 19th Century.  Born and raised as an Anglican Christian, he converted to the Roman Catholic Church in 1845. He would eventually rise through the clerical orders of the Church, becoming a Cardinal and emerged as a brilliant and renowned Theologian - with one of his great passions focused on the importance of education.  Newman saw Universities and the Church on a similar path - in search of truth.

It was this ideal that captured many peoples attention - both in and outside of the Church.  Not long after his death, the first "Newman Center" was said to have formed at the University of Pennsylvania.  And ever since, many secular colleges and universities around the world, Newman centers have been founded to meet the spiritual needs of the Catholic people as well as to be a voice in the dialogue between the Church and the secular world on these campuses.

To learn more about Cardinal Newman, click here.