It is the mission of the Newman Center of Keene, NH to minister to the young adults of our area–especially students–no matter where each young adult may be in his or her spiritual formation.
It is therefore our mission and privilege to create a space and an intentional Christian community in which it is safe to explore, to question, to worship, to make mistakes, to learn, to pray, to be one’s true self, and to discover how that true self is a vital part of the Body of Christ so that we can—individually and as a community—spread the Gospel in word and deed by acting as Christ to all.
This means that we will strive to love without reservation; to show compassion without bounds; to work for justice unceasingly; to speak loudly for the silent; and to radically devote ourselves to our God through prayer, study, and the Sacraments.
Who is the Newman Center for?
Any young adult age 18-35–including students at Keene State College, Antioch University and River Valley Community College–is welcome to participate in Newman Center daily life and events, and we look forward to seeing YOU!
Do I need to be Catholic?
Nope! All young adults are welcomed, regardless of religious affiliation or lack thereof. We promise we won’t make you weird if you’re not Catholic.
Is the Newman Center a part of Keene State College?
Nope! We’re an independently funded and functioning ministry that is for the college, but not of the college. We’re blessed to have a working relationship with the college administration that allows the Campus Minister to be a part of campus life, but the two are distinctly separate.
Is the Newman Center connected to a parish in Keene?
Although the Newman Center functions as a ministry of the Diocese of Manchester, we are physically housed by the Parish of the Holy Spirit in their parish offices building, the Clairvaux Center. We participate in the parish’s liturgical life at St. Bernard’s church, located just a block away from the Keene State campus on Main Street.
I was raised Catholic, but I’m not really sure what I believe…
That’s just fine! College and young adulthood is an important time of exploration and discovery–and your spiritual life shouldn’t be immune to that! Whether you have questions or doubts about your Catholic upbringing, issues with Catholic teachings, or you’re just sort of curious about what it means to be Catholic, you’re welcome here. The Campus Minister’s office (and our community as a whole) is an open and safe space to ask the questions and have the conversations that lead to greater understanding of ourselves and our spirituality.
So how do I get involved?
Here, you’ll find our blog as well as information on events and student groups. Click through the menu bar above to check out different ministries and ways to get involved, or simply browse through our blog to find thought-provoking posts on faith, daily spirituality and past events. Or, come on over! The Newman Center is located in the basement of the Clairvaux Center, on Main Street right next to St. Bernard’s church. The Common Room is open during regular business hours, and the Campus Minister is usually available to chat!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Cindy Cheshire, the Campus Minister at firstname.lastname@example.org, through Facebook at the Newman Center, Keene page or by calling 603.357.1444.
May God bless you!