Over the past few months, I talked about the Rebuild His Church campaign and the multifaceted impact of the Newman Center on the spiritual and day-to-day lives of our students. The campaign truly invests in the Catholic Church’s future in Central Maine and University of Maine students who look to the Newman Center as their spiritual home on campus.
Campaign funds secure and improves our physical structures. Ultimately, this preserves them for generations to come. This is a tremendous goal that impacts our students. There is much more than the campaign is doing. It benefits campus ministry beyond the walls of the Newman Center and the campus.
Most other Newman Centers across the county are stand-alone structures. Meaning that their chapels, programs, and reach focus on a particular campus and student population. At UMaine, we feel blessed that the Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord includes not just the Newman Center but also Holy Family, St. Ann, the Penobscot Nation, and Bradley.
These diverse churches allow our students to get off campus without venturing far from their beliefs. They attend Mass at the other churches. They serve, pray and participate in a myriad of activities that these churches are involved with.
Everything from helping at the Food Pantry in Old Town and Bradley to Shepherd’s Godparent home supports pro-life alternatives for young pregnant women in crisis, and the McAuley Residence, which helps those in recovery from substance abuse.
Our students celebrate the birthdays of parishioners turning 100. They welcome our youngest members through the sacrament of Baptism. In essence, students become an integral part of the life of the church. They learn how to live in a community of faith.
The Rebuild His Church campaign secures the future of these spaces as well by:
- Conducting urgent exterior maintenance on Holy Family Church, built in 1903.
- Repaving, re-roofing, and complying with ADA requirements at St. Ann Church – Bradley.
- Conducting needed maintenance while ensuring historic designation compliance at St. Ann Church – Penobscot Nation, built in 1820.
Our students find worshipping in these different settings meaningful. The variety of churches allows them to truly find the worship home that speaks to them when they need to get away from campus without leaving their faith behind. We feel blessed to address these urgent needs as we build a place that our students call home, now and for generations to come.