What are the Top 5 Newman Centers in the U.S.?
I'm no expert, but here's my list:
#5: University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
#4: Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.
#3: University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL.
#2: Texas A&M, College Station, TX.
And the best of the best:
#1: University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE.
Why do I think so highly of these five Newman Centers? They are faithful to the Church, they are evangelizing students to Christ and to radical discipleship as Catholics, the Sacraments are flourishing there, they have solid Priests in leadership, they are fostering vocations to the priesthood and religious life and to heroic, godly marriages.
Many of these strong Newman Centers have a chapter of FOCUS ("Fellowship of Catholic University Students") associated with them. FOCUS is an outstanding, rapidly expanding Catholic ministry on dozens of American campuses that is developing an impressive track record for strengthening the Catholic faith of thousands of college students. If your son or daughter is choosing which public university to attend, find out if FOCUS (http://www.focusonline.org/) is on campus.
What do you think? Do you know any Newman Centers or Catholic Campus Ministries on public universities that you think should crack the Top 5? Go ahead and send in your favorites and, perhaps, say a bit about why they rank so highly.