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Give the gift of faith to
University of Maine students
for generations to come.

Donate to the Rebuild His Church Campaign to keep students rooted in
faith and to help those searching for God to begin a journey of faith in college.

Rebuild His Church is an investment in the future of the Catholic Church in central Maine and in generations of University of Maine students who look to the Newman Center as their home away from home while on campus. The campaign will secure and improve the physical structures of worship of the Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord, ultimately preserving them for God's glory for years to come.

Give the gift of faith to
University of Maine students
for generations to come.

Donate to the Rebuild His Church Campaign to keep students rooted in
faith and to help those searching for God to begin a journey of faith in college.

Rebuild His Church is an investment in the future of the Catholic Church in central Maine and in generations of University of Maine students who look to the Newman Center as their home away from home while on campus. The campaign will secure and improve the physical structures of worship of the Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord, ultimately preserving them for God's glory for years to come.

Reasons You Should Give

May God abundantly grace you for your generosity.

Catholic Mass & Religious Services

Sunday and weekday Masses offered at the Newman Center in addition to holyday Masses on campus.

Student & Community
Support

Student leaders, FOCUS missionaries, a chaplain and a campus minister provide support to students and create community events for fellowship.

Faith Sharing Groups & Bible Studies

Gatherings to pray together and foster honest conversations about how to live the faith boldly on a secular campus and in the world.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

RCIA is a journey for people seeking to become Catholic or who simply want to learn more about the Catholic faith.

The Closest Catholic church
to Umaine

Walking distance for students on campus and directly across from the Buchanan Alumni House on College Avenue.

Adoration and Confession

Time spent in prayer and seeking holiness in confession refreshes the soul and strengthens this community to witness to Christ in love and action.

Free Meals for Students
Program

Food to nourish the body and community and conversations to feed the soul.

Fully Tax-Deductible 

We will provide a record of your gift to include with your annual tax return.

Established Campaign

Over $1.2 million has already been raised for this $3.5 million capital campaign as we build for the future and improve our facilities to better serve students.

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Rebuild His Church Campaign

The new chapel at the Newman Center, as seen in the rendering to the right, will include pews, stained glass windows, and the tabernacle at the heart of the worship space. Having this dedicated chapel for worship will create a more functional Newman Center, bring the building into ADA compliance, reduce operating expenses, and provide a dignified place fitting of God's home on earth.

Rebuild His Church Campaign

The new chapel at the Newman Center, as seen in the rendering to the right, will include pews, stained glass windows, and the tabernacle at the heart of the worship space. Having this dedicated chapel for worship will create a more functional Newman Center, bring the building into ADA compliance, reduce operating expenses, and provide a dignified place fitting of God's home on earth.

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Our Programs

From free food to board games and study space to ping-pong, the Newman Center is a place to meet new friends, get homework done, and take study breaks to laugh and play. But most importantly, there is a place to pray, Bible studies offered, mission trips to serve globally as well as efforts to serve locally, Adoration and Mass to engage in faith, encouraging students to ask big questions like "What is my mission in life?" and "How can I serve God in all that I do?" Programming is created by leaders of the student government organization, Black Bear Catholic, to include social and service opportunities and to encourage students to remain rooted in prayer. FOCUS Missionaries, a chaplain, and a campus minister also work to creatively meet the needs of students year after year.

Our Programs

From free food to board games and study space to ping-pong, the Newman Center is a place to meet new friends, get homework done, and take study breaks to laugh and play. But most importantly, there is a place to pray, Bible studies offered, mission trips to serve globally as well as efforts to serve locally, Adoration and Mass to engage in faith, encouraging students to ask big questions like "What is my mission in life?" and "How can I serve God in all that I do?" Programming is created by leaders of the student government organization, Black Bear Catholic, to include social and service opportunities and to encourage students to remain rooted in prayer. FOCUS Missionaries, a chaplain, and a campus minister also work to creatively meet the needs of students year after year.

One Parish, Four Churches
The Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord

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Newman Center
(Our Lady of Wisdom)

Nestled on the edge of the University of Maine Orono campus on College Avenue and peaking over the Stillwater River, the current Newman Center building was dedicated in 1969 and serves students as a place to pray, study, play, and serve. Faculty and staff of the University, as well as the greater community also benefit from the church being in the heart of this college town.

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Holy Family Church

Towering majestically from a hill overlooking the Penobscot River on Main Street in Old Town, the building of Holy Family Church dates back to 1903. It is attached to a former Catholic school, which now serves as the parish hall for large community gatherings, and also includes many classrooms being repurposed for faith formation and service work. Beside the parish hall is a former convent, now a robust Thrift Store and Food Pantry.

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St Ann Church

Founded in 1688 on the Penobscot Nation, St. Ann Church was built in 1820 and is considered a historic site, whose steeple welcomes every person who crosses the bridge onto the island in the Penobscot River. Prayer and drumming in the Language is woven into the liturgy, and art adorns the worship space, reflecting the precious and enduring cultural traditions of the Burnurwurbskek people to this parish.

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St Ann Church

With glimpses of the Penobscot River from where it sits on Bradley Road in Bradley, St. Ann Church is a quaint worship space erected in 1935, with the faithful filling the pews each week from this and neighboring towns. A small function hall in the basement is reserved for meetings and community gatherings, and a large crucifix beside the parking lot invites all to look to Christ as our light.

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From Our Students and Benefactors

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Together, let's build a
Church steeple as a beacon of
hope for the University of Maine

Join this legacy of Black Bears and benefactors, providing a place of
worship where students will grow in faith and change the world.

Together, let's build a
Church steeple as a beacon of
hope for the University of Maine

Join this legacy of Black Bears and benefactors, providing a place of
worship where students will grow in faith and change the world.