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Bishop, Newman Center on EWTN Live April 27

Story by Tess Wahlmeier

LINCOLN (SNR) - Bishop James Conley and Father Robert Matya, pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Church and Newman Center in Lincoln, will appear on EWTN Wednesday, April 27 to talk about the fruit of the Newman Center.

They will be on “EWTN” Live, hosted by Father Mitch Pacwa.

Father Pacwa, 66, is the Catholic priest who took over Mother Angelica’s live TV show on EWTN Global Catholic Network when she retired in 2001 due to health problems. He suffered a heart attack April 16 but is in recovery, EWTN said, and is expected to be present for the April 27 program.

The appearance will be a way to spread the “amazing stories” of what’s happening at the Newman Center and give glory to God.

“That’s what it’s all about, first and foremost, is praise God for what He’s done here and the great things that are going to keep coming,” said Jude Werner, director of development at the Newman Center.

The fruit of the Newman Center is seen, not only in the Diocese of Lincoln or even the state of Nebraska, but all over the country. There are now 107 FOCUS missionaries serving on 64 different campuses across the country who have come from the Newman Center. Many young men are studying for the priesthood in numerous different dioceses, young women are studying in convents around the country, and holy marriages and holy families have come out of the Newman Center, as well.

“There are a number of Newman Centers around the country that are doing amazing stuff,” Werner said.  “We’re not an anomaly.  The Holy Spirit is stirring in numerous places and doing great things.”

Werner also mentioned how many great Catholic liberal arts schools are available, and that high school students should know that they have the opportunity to go to either one.

“If you want to go to a small Benedictine College because that’s what you’re called to, or Christendom or Steubenville, that’s great!  If, because of your major or your athletic interests, you want the big University experience, there are great Newman Centers around the country that are legitimate options. The vast majority of Catholic students in college today are in state universities and colleges, so we need to have strong Newman Centers like that, and not only can we serve the students here, but hopefully can be a role model for others that are trying to do the same thing.”

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