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.
Kathleen Flynn | President
Information Technology and Web Science, 2015
Born and raised in Jefferson Township, New Jersey, Kathleen is the oldest of three children. She is an active parishioner of St. Thomas the Apostle Church. Newman Fellowship gives her a sense of a "home away from home" at RPI - a friendly and faithful community which is very welcoming. Outside of Newman, Kathleen is involved in the Red & White Student Organization, Residence Life, and Pep Band. Her favorite part of Newman is the weekly Sunday dinner, where people come together to relax and enjoy each other's company before starting the week.
Geena Simila | Vice President
Civil Engineering, 2016
Born and raised in Wenonah, New Jersey, Geena is the oldest of four. She is a graduate of Our Lady of Mercy Academy, a member of Incarnation Parish, and is currently studying Civil Engineering. When she is not spending time with her friends, Geena enjoys sleeping, reading, and watching British television on Netflix. As much as she enjoys Thursday meetings and Sunday dinners, her favorite parts of Newman are the activities outside of the formal meetings like Christmas caroling and pie baking. She views joining the Newman Fellowship as one of her best decisions upon arriving at RPI, for she has made many great friends.
Emily Farella | Service Chair & Treasurer
Mechanical Engineering and Product Design, 2016
From wonderful Long Island, NY, Emily is the middle child of three girls. She is a graduate from Kellenberg Memorial High School and is currently a dual major in Mechanical Engineering and Design, Innovation and Society here at RPI. Emily has been an active member in her home parish, St. Barnabas the Apostle, her whole life. She enjoys all aspects of the Newman Catholic Fellowship, especially the great sense of community. Outside of Newman, Emily is a member of the Marketing, Advertising, & Publicity (MAP) Committee and UPAC.
Christina Gilliland | Media Relations Chair
Mechanical Engineering, 2015
Tina Gilliland was born and raised in the small town Cazenovia, NY and is a proud of alumna of Cazenovia High School. As a lifetime parishioner, Christina calls St. James Catholic Church her hometown parish. Tina enjoys the Newman tradition of Sunday dinners where friendships are formed and faith is shared. Outside of Newman, Tina is the Facilities & Services Committee Chair for the Student Senate and the Vice President for Marketing for the Red & White Student Alumni Organization. She is also a member of the Professional Leadership Program, Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma, and the Society of Women Engineers, and Circle K.
Shannon Barra | Meetings Chair
Materials Science Engineering, 2015
Raised in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, Shannon is the oldest of three. She has been an avid member of the Catholic Church her whole life and part of her home parish, St. Rose of Lima Parish in Newtown, CT since she was 8 years old. Currently a sophomore at RPI, she is studying to become a chemical engineer, though thinking of pursuing material science engineering. Since she has joined Newman, her favorite activities include semesterly retreats and regular Thursday meetings, but she loves going to various events for the group all year round (yay pie baking!) Apart from Newman, Shannon enjoys attending concerts and taking care of her adorable baby bunny, Skishy. Her favorite place to visit is Kauai, Hawaii because she loves the warm weather and sandy beaches.