Attending Mass and Newman Nights with so many other broken people like myself has been immensely helpful.
The amount of love God has given me through those around me is immeasurable. There wouldn’t have been all of those who God has blessed me with over the last year if it weren’t for the Holy Spirit Catholic Newman Center. Believe it or not, I had never even met a nun until I met the Sisters, and I had never really had a conversation with a Priest until I met Fr. David, and that's coming from a Catholic. I always had kept my faith at an arm's length of me throughout my life, that is until I began to attend the Newman Center. It was there, in that little humble house with the purple door across the street, that I actually began to deepen my friendship with Christ. I can now say that my faith is much closer than at arm's length, though I still have much farther to go, and the Newman Center has made all the difference, and I believe it will continue to do so.
I never really had any Catholic friends growing up in Oregon, so I never had conversations about my faith until I came to the Newman Center. Attending Mass and Newman Nights with so many other broken people like myself has been immensely helpful in opening myself up to growing in my faith. Having people to open up to, to ask, and answer the tough questions with has been a huge help in sharpening my faith. I had only been to confession a few times before coming to the Newman Center, so having a place so near to repent and ask for forgiveness has been such a grace. Neither had I ever really been in the presence of Jesus in Adoration more than a few times, but being able to have a place to go and find solitude with the Lord has been such a blessing, one that I never knew existed until coming to the Newman Center, and something so powerful that I never knew I needed in order to truly live.