Who Are We?
As part of the Catholic community at RPI, the Newman Catholic Fellowship is a group where students can find fellowship and friendship with each other, with the community, and with our Lord, Jesus Christ. Together, we seek to grow in our faith, both intellectually and spiritually, and explore with great joy the presence of God in our lives and the love He has for His people.
We gather for dinner on Sundays at 6 p.m. - after the 5 p.m. mass - in the Hospitality House, 4 Sherry Road. Weekly meetings are held Thursday evenings at 8:00 p.m., also in the Hospitality House. Service, social and spiritual enrichment activities are offered throughout the academic year.
We strive to develop a closer relation with our fellow brothers and sisters by participating in many service projects including Emmaus House, Joseph's House, preparing Christmas baskets, and many more opportunities to come. Membership in Newman Catholic Fellowship is open to all RPI students, Catholic and non-Catholic alike. Spouses are welcome.
Whether you have never attended a Catholic celebration of the Mass before or are actively involved in the Church, we welcome you to participate in our meetings, dinners and activities. Please check with the Chaplains Office in the Union to find out what's happening with the University Parish of Christ Sun of Justice - located at the Chapel + Cultural Center - or contact one of the officers for information about Newman Catholic Fellowship.
John Henry Newman was born on February 21, 1801 in London. Interestingly he started not as a Catholic, but as a member of the Church of England. As a vicar, Newman exerted a strong spiritual influence on the Church of England.
In 1845, Newman converted to Catholicism from Anglicanism. He founded Oratories of St. Philip Neri in Birmingham and London, and was also the first rector at the Catholic University in Dublin. In 1879, he was made a Cardinal by Pope Leo XIII. Through his writings, he created a greater understanding of the Catholic Church. Cardinal John Henry Newman died in Birmingham on August 11, 1890. In 1893 the first Newman Club was formed at the University of Pennsylvania. They have now spread throughout the country, with over 600 colleges hosting chapters.
In 1991, Newman was proclaimed venerable after a thorough examination of his life and work by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. The cause for his beatification and canonization is ongoing. At least one miracle is needed before he can be beatified.
Christina Weis | Social Coordinator
Materials Engineering, 2017
Originally from Friendswood, TX, Christina quite literally grew up at her home parish of St. Clare of Assisi and thinks of it as her second home. Now at RPI, she is studying material engineering. Her favorite part of Newman is the community it provides and the friendships she's started there. In addition to Newman, Christina is also a member of Material Advantage and the Lindy Hop Swing branch of the RPI Ballroom club.
Kristina Nguyen | Treasurer, IT, Service Coordinator
MECL/BME Dual, 2019
Born and raised in the Boston area, Kristina is a graduate of Stoughton High School and is an active member of her home parish, St. Bernadette in Randolph, MA. At St. Bernadette's, she is an enthusiastic and dedicated leader within Thieu Nhi Thanh The, a Catholic Vietnamese youth organization. At RPI, she continues to express and spread her faith by being an active member within Newman Catholic Fellowship. She is dual majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. She is an active member of Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Society of Asian Engineers (SASE), and Pi Beta Phi. Outside of academics, she enjoys attending local concerts, hiking, and visiting Troy's farmer's market on the weekends. She looks forward to the volunteering and social outings that the Newman group frequently holds. But most importantly, the Newman Fellowship has helped her take a step back and remember the importance of faith, despite what trials and tribulations a busy semester may bring.
Edwin Cruz Aguirre | Secretary, Meeting Coordinator
Edwin is from Danbury, CT where he has been attending St. Joseph Parish since he was 5. At St. Joseph’s, he served as an alter server from 5th grade until graduating from Danbury High School, and was also an active member of the St. Joseph Youth Group, attending two Steubenville Youth Conferences and participating in many community service projects. At RPI, he wanted to continue practicing his faith and quickly became an active member of Newman, and later joined the Knights of Columbus. Apart from Newman, Edwin is a member of Delta Phi and the Science Ambassadors.