The purpose of the Newman Community is to provide an opportunity for members of the Springfield College community to engage in community service and spiritual growth through the sponsorship of varied activities and programs.
The Newman Community is a Catholic based, but not exclusive, group for individuals who express a desire to participate in community service, spiritual growth, or in the regular liturgies, programs, and services sponsored by the United Campus Ministry and Spiritual Life Center. The Newman Community is open to any full-time student or member of the College faculty and staff.
Newman Community programs include, but are not limited to, community service, fundraisers, and food and clothing drives. The organization has worked extensively throughout the years with Open Pantry Community Services. Within Open Pantry there are numerous programs that provide opportunities for students to help those in need in the greater Springfield area.
Currently, weekly trips are taken to Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen, as well as the Emergency Food Pantry. Both programs are organized by Newman Community members who set up and provide transportation options for all participants.
The Newman Community has taken part in many successful events including Thanksgiving food and clothing drives, the John Berry Talent Show, Uncle Leo’s Dollar Dogs, and the Mr. Springfield College contest.
Below is a list of past and present Newman Community service programs
- Jefferson Avenue Homeless Shelter
- North End Community Center (after-school program)
- Parkview Specialty Hospital
- Emergency Food Pantry
- Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen
- Holy Family’s “Upper Room Program”
International Mission Trips
The Newman Community has worked with many organizations over the years but most recently the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) have provided the organization with a number of fine facilities and rewarding experiences. The organization publishes a monthly magazine, PIME WORLD, which highlights some of its missions, as well as read reflections written by Newman Community members who have participated in past mission trips.
In addition to the January Mission to New York City during semester break, the Newman Community also travels internationally at the end of each academic year. Fr. Leo Hoar has led many mission trips with the Newman Community throughout his tenure at Springfield College. The purpose of these trips is to form friendships with those in need throughout developing countries, offer services and donations, and learn from those who live a much simpler lifestyle. Some of the places to which the Newman Community has traveled include Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Brazil.