Faith Formation

Catholics should never stop asking questions, learning, or sharing our testimonies in order to continually develop and deepen our faith.

Newman celebrates this lifelong calling through worship, conversation, study, and fellowship, and provides opportunities for faith development across all stages of life.  Our goal is to equip and empower all members of the Newman Community to develop a meaningful relationship with God and one another.

Ex Libris Book Club

The Ex Libris Book Club is made of up inter-generational readers from Newman and nearby parishes that meet once a month to discuss novels and short stories written from a Catholic perspective. We enjoy the opportunity to encounter and discuss the rich canon of our Catholic tradition, and would welcome anyone who would like to join us.

Catholic Faculty Discussion Group

A group of Catholic faculty at UNC from Newman and other parishes in the area form the Catholic Faculty Discussion Group. Meeting once a semester for a presentation from a faculty member who relates his/her teaching and scholarly interests to some aspect of practicing the Catholic faith, the group provides Catholic faculty with the chance to cultivate friendships.

Contemplative Prayer

A form of Christian silent meditation, those in contemplative prayer are able to let go of distracting thoughts to abide in God's loving Presence. This form of prayer is rooted in the self-emptying love that forms the heart of Jesus' teaching and life. The effect on those involved is an ever-increasing awareness of God's action and presence in the course of everyday life.

Inquiry Group: Not Catholic but Curious

This group is open to any non-Catholic who is interested in learning more about the Catholic faith and/or is considering entering into the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) process.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer Shawl Ministry members lovingly give their time and talent knitting and crocheting various goods, created for those in need of comfort, care and healing, peace, hope and joy.


Small Faith Groups (SFGs) offer a way of connecting to God, to neighbor, and to community through sharing our lives in the light of the Word of god. Each SFG is made up to five to fifteen people who meet weekly around the Sunday Gospel to listen and discuss the relevance of the Word and how the teachings of Jesus can be put into use in our Monday through Saturday lives.

Young Adults

The Young Adults Ministry is a group for post-college young adults, anyone from graduate students to working professionals. We gather to share meals, serve our community, and walk together in our faith journeys. This is a joint ministry between the communities of Newman and St. Thomas More.