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.
Geena Simila | 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.
Haley Derlinga | Vice President & Service Coordinator
Mechanical Engineering, 2017
Haley originates from the small town of East Granby CT where she grew up with her younger sister. She is a graduate of Northwest Catholic High School and an active member of her home parish, St. Bernard’s. Both of these institutions were extremely beneficial in helping Haley to grow in her faith. Here at RPI, Haley is studying Mechanical Engineering as well as running for the varsity track and cross country teams and participating in the Society of Women Engineers. She looks forwards to the Sunday dinners and meetings every week, but especially enjoys Newman’s semesterly retreats. The Newman Fellowship has been an integral part of Haley’s adjustment to and enjoyment of college, and is the basis of many friendships.
Emily Farella | Social Coordinator & 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 Weis | Hospitality 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.
Mike Cuozzo | Meetings Coordinator & Secretary
Mechanical Engineering, 2017
Mike is currently attending Monsters University where he is completing his masters in autobiography crafting. His favorite course is Church History. He is minoring in faith formation scare tactics. He recently pledged Oozma Kappa where he has made great friends. Check back soon to see his first published masterpiece - his Newman Officer bio!