Campus Ministry at The Oratory

Today, Campus Ministry for Catholics at Winthrop serves under the aegis of the “Newman Community.” This is a network of gatherings for students, faculty and staff at this state university of seven thousand graduate and undergraduate students.

During the academic year, students, faculty and staff join local families and friends at the Oratory for Sunday Word and Eucharist. They join in the ministries both for the liturgy and for the local community. So, we see students serving as lectors and Eucharistic ministers and also joining local service ministries such as the Children’s Attention Home and writing letters for Amnesty International.

Our faculty and staff not only participate in the local Oratory parishes and at the Oratory, but also share a weekly Bible study on Wednesdays at noontime. This 30-minute gathering begins with a shared reading of the Sunday Scriptures and discussion. Over the years, faculty friends from other denominations have joined in to make this an ecumenical gathering. Newman also hosts a monthly faculty/staff lunch with the Presbyterian Campus Ministry to encourage interdepartmental sharing and fellowship. Over the years, our faculty friends have been extremely generous in leading programs and helping with retreats for our students. They are at the center of our Sunday Liturgy as lectors, Eucharistic ministers and music ministers.

The Newman Community at the Oratory and at Winthrop has the blessing of sharing the charism of Blessed John Henry Newman. Newman, a 19th century English scholar and also the inspiration for the Oratory in England, serves as our patron as we minister together to blend the gifts of the Spirit that he treasured: truth and faith.

You can find more information about the Catholic/Newman Ministry at Winthrop University on its web site, and also on Facebook.

Newman Catholic Community of Winthrop

Fr. Agustin Guzman: (803)627-5297 or Courtney Hull: (980)729-6360