“I have been an active member of the Newman House at Binghamton University for four years and I can truly say that it has become a home away from home
Every time I walk through the doors of the Newman House I am overcome with feelings of comfort, love and friendship. Sister Rose has wholeheartedly created this unique environment that allows us to feel part of a second family, when our immediate families are far away… I have learned to embrace a life where I cherish every moment. The Newman House holds a special place in my heart and my experience here stands as an unforgettable highlight in my undergraduate education at Binghamton University. ”
Jessica Biagiotti ’16
“These connections, that make up the community of the Newman House, will be unbreakable and share a special bond in my soul that will stay with me forever even after I leave.”
Rhonda Drewes ’16
“I’ll forever be grateful for the opportunities I have had to continue being a faithful Catholic and to share my experience with others.”
Paty Acipreste ’18
“Starting college can be a stressful and challenging time. The first time being away from home, far from familiar places, people, and experiences can understandably leave a person feeling a longing for a community to belong to and people to call their friends. I know that it did for me. I consider myself to be extremely fortunate that I discovered the Newman House when I did. I first got involved in the Fall of 2014 as a Freshman just starting at Binghamton University, and I quickly realized that this community was exactly what I was looking for. I became fast friends with the other people there, people from a diverse selection of majors and backgrounds, all brought together seeking to grow in faith and zeal for Christ. I still count some of those people among my closest friends. I remained involved throughout my whole time at Binghamton, holding positions, running events, attending talks, going on retreats, praying, eating, and just loving life with a community of wonderful people. The Newman house was really a home for me, a place that no matter how I was feeling I could go and have a good time with people who cared about me and that I cared about.”
James Zwilling ’18
“During the past four years during my time as a student at Binghamton University, I have had the pleasure of being involved as a member of the Newman Association and to work as part of the Service Committee. I am incredibly fortunate to have had this opportunity and my college experience would not have been the same otherwise. Attending weekly Mass and Eat Pray Love allowed me to foster relationships that I hope will continue long after graduation. I have been blessed to be surrounded by incredibly kind-hearted and compassionate individuals with whom I have made memories with that will last a lifetime. The Newman House has helped me to grow as a person in many ways and taught me a great deal about my faith. I have had the opportunity to participate in and plan impactful service opportunities to benefit the community such as mission trips to help those whose homes have been impacted by flood damage and teaching Sunday School at a local parish. The Newman House has become like a second home for me and for many others as well. Our director Sister Rose has done an incredible job of growing our organization into what it has become today and fostering a sense of community. I will be forever grateful to her and everyone I have gotten to know through this Catholic Community on campus.”
Sara Sutton ’19
“It is difficult to articulate the profound impact the Newman House has had on my time at Binghamton and my life as whole. Entering into college, I was nervous about maintaining and practicing my faith in this new environment. However, my worries were soon put to rest. Sister Rose and the Newman House community make Mass, social events, and educational opportunities so accessible and welcoming. Whether a student is a lifelong Catholic, new to the faith, or exploring the possibility of Catholicism, the Newman House welcomes them with open arms. I soon felt like a part of this community, and found myself making friends, taking on leadership roles, and considering the Newman House a new home. I found that my faith was not only maintained here, but strengthened, particularly because I could look to my friends and fellow students as examples. The incredible people at the Newman House taught me what it looks like to truly live out one’s faith, and I am grateful to them and to Sister Rose for helping me learn what real leadership, faith, and empathy look like. The Newman House gave me countless opportunities to live out my faith, and it gave me a place where I felt welcome, loved, and valued. ”
Olivia Maynard’ 20
“I came from a small Catholic school background prior to entering SUNY Binghamton. To say I was intimidated by the nearly 20,000 students at BU would be an understatement. It was through Sr. Rose and all the members of the Newman House that encouraged me to truly flourish and prosper in all areas of my life. Through the Newman House I also met an incredible mix of people- including three of my best friends who later became roommates. The most attractive part about the Newman House to me was the Christ-centered community. The Newman House is composed of college students committed to serving Christ and His Church through fellowship, faith-sharing, championing social justice, helping those less fortunate, and, most importantly, through the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass together at the Newman House. I am proud to be an alum of BU- but more proud to be an alum of the BU Newman House! ”
Patrick Bubel’ 20
“The Newman House at Binghamton University provides students a place that they can call home. It is a place that gets harder and harder to leave but even better to return to. The Newman House community welcomes an eclectic group of people and personalities. Throughout my time at Binghamton University this community was the one place I knew I could turn to whenever I felt I needed a boost either spiritually or socially. With the guidance of the director Sister Rose, this student run community welcomes all members with open arms.
Every year all the of freshman go on a trip to a ropes course. This trip is centered around team and community building. When I went my freshman year, I met some of the best friends I would meet in college. These friendships I made at the Newman House are ones that will last a life time.
One of my favorite events at The Neman House is Eat Pray Love, which is every Friday. This weekly event starts off with prayer and reflection and then transitions into a social community dinner. Eat Pray Love allowed me to escape the crazy hectic parts of college by allowing me to take a step back and be grateful for the life that God has given to me.
Many people go to college and never get the opportunity to connect and give back to the community where they spend four years of their lives. Thanks to the Newman House I was able to volunteer at local soup kitchens and food banks, sing in the local church’s Christmas concert, and share my experiences of being a Catholic at college with students at the local high schools.
The hardest part my freshman year in college was finding a place where I felt I belonged. Its scary to think that you will be going to a place where you do not know anyone. Thanks to the Newman House I found a place that felt like home, where everyone is happy to see you and cares about how you are doing. Joining the Newman House was one of the greatest decisions I made in college and I strongly encourage all to join the Newman House family!! ”
John Cunningham’ 20