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THE OBSERV -I FR1DA,AUGUST 18, 1961 RANCH'S Quality Clothes for Men and Boys 56 MAIN ST.- AURORA. ILL. One Stop at Franch's Will Dress Your Boy--Reg.--Slims--Huskies "k We Specialize in Navy Blue School Pants Lt. Blue Shirts, All Sizes BROS. FOR BOYS' Boys' Cotton Pants by His Sizes 6 to 20 Regulars --Slims --- Huskies To Sport Shirts by McGregor and Robert Bruce, Sizes 6 to 20 We hove o omplete selection )f Boys' Bock-to- School needs- :hoose now from ur new Fall styles ond colors. By William J. Whalen From "Catholics on Ca~upus," by William J. WhaIen (Paper, $1.25). A handbook .for Catholic students who will attend or are already in a secular college or university: Copyrighted by The Bruce Publishing Company, 400 North Broadway, Milwau- kee 1, Wis. Recognizing that hundreds of thousands of Catholics will con- tinue to enroll in secular colleges and universities, the bishops of the United States have designat- led the Newman club as the of- ~ ficial student organization on the secular campus. Beginning with the first New- man club at the University of Pennsylvania in 1893 more than 750 clubs have been established on as many campuses. For their patron they chose Cardinal New- man, the English convert who had proposed a similar idea for Catholic students at Oxford. ONE OUT OF FIVE All state universities and most state colleges in addition to many private and Protestant-re- lated schools recognize the New- man Club as the student reli- gious ,foundation for Catholic students. Many Clubs now enjoy the services of one or more full- time chaplains, although most of them continue to operate with the advice and counsel of a part- time chaplain. Perhaps the name "Newman Club" will not be used at a parti- cular school. Sometimes "Foun- dation" or "Center" is used in- stead of "Club." At Northwest- ern the Catholic student organi- zation is known as the Shell Club and that at the University of Chicago is called the Calvert Club. At Harvard and M.I.T. it is simply "The Catholic Club." Regardless of local nomencla- ture. however, most of the larg- er and active Clubs belong to the co-ordinating National New- man Club Federation with head- quarters in Washington, D.C INSIST ON MEMBERSHIP In granting permission for at- tendance at secular colleges some bishops insist on Newman Club membership or its equi- valent; other ordinaries presume that a loyal Catholic will seek to affiliate with the only authorized Catholic student organization on his campus. Unfortunately only about one out of five Catholic students join the Newman Clubs. Some Newman chaplains re- port that fewer Catholic high school graduates join the New- man Club than their public high] school colleagues. There seem[ ! to be two reasons for this. First,] many of these Catholic school[ graduates think they have had] enough religion in parochial] grade and high schools and haveI no more to learn. Second, otheri Catholic high school products] feel they have been black-listed[ by their former high school] teachers for enrolling in a secu-] lar college and mistakenly ira-I agine they may be treated as l nominal or lax Catholics by the Newman chaplains. REMARKABLE EXPANSION Before World War II most Newrn~n Clubs even at the larg- er state universities were little more than Communion breakfast societies. At that time the num-I ber of Catholics on secular cam-[ puses was far smaller than atI present. I Since the end of the war theI Newman movement has witness-] ed a remarkable expansion. Mil-[ lions of dollars have been spent on chapels a n d educational plants which may i n c 1 u d e libraries, recreation rooms, kit- chens, offices, study rooms, theaters, and classrooms. More than 140 priests now devote all their efforts to the Newman apostolate and hundreds more become involved as part time chaplains. Almost all the larger state and private universities p r o v i d e Newman Club facilities for Catholic students. Some are staffed by diocesan priests, some by Paulists, Dominicans, Franciscans, Benedictines. and other religious order priests, Ob- viously not all follow the same pattern; every campus poses special situations and requires distinctive approaches. OFFERS PROGRAM Practically all the larger clubs and foundations offer a program of courses in such subjects as Christian marriage, Church his- tory, theology, Marxism, Scrip- ture, ethics, the life of Christ, Great Books, social principles, comparative religion, the Re- formation, and papal encycli- cals. In this practice the ~New- man apostolate follows the ad- monition of St. Plus X who de- creed in 1905: "Where there are public aca- demies, colleges and universi- ties. let schools of religion be established for the purpose of teaching thetruths of our Faith CHAPEL AND CENTER -- Christ the Teacher Chapel and Catholic Student Center at Northern Illinois uni- versity, DeKalb, were formally dedicated Oct. 30, 1960, by the Most Rev. Loras T. Lane. bishop of Rockford. Begun in May, 1959, the Chapel and Student Center are the result of a dream to put Christ on Campus for nearly 2,000 Catholic students at NIU. Built at a cost of $400,000, including furnishings and two acres of land close to campus, the chapel and center contain religious, social and intellectual facilities of every description. The chapel accommodates 550 with a choir section seating an additional 50. Offices, student activity rooms, service rooms and a lounge library make up the administrative wing. A social hall includes a large auditorium, snack bar, kitchen and coat rooms. The Rev. Hubert V. McGinn is the center's chaplain. and the precepts of Christian morality, to youths who attend such public institutions wiaereia no mention whatsoever is made of religion." RELIGION CREDIT COURSES A growing number of state universities authorize c r e d i t courses in religion taught by priests, ministers, rabbis, listed in the official catalogue, con- ducted in university classrooms, and applicable to degree re- quirements. The pmneer in this arrangement isthe State Univer- sity of Iowa whose School of Re- ligion has offered such courses for more than 30 years even to the extent of major programs and graduate degrees in reli- gion. At the University of North Dakota the priest teaching these credit courses may not wear his Roman collar in class but gets along nicely in colored shirts. Established programs of similar nature can be elected at Michi- gan State, Illinois, New York University, Bradley, Youngs- town, Indiana, and elsewhere. ;ocial or intellectual, is it likely to change for the better if he remains aloof and refuses to throw his weight behind what he believes in? Is his weekly sched- ule so tight that an hour or two a week in Newman work would ? sabotage hls szudy habits. Is he mature enough to submerge differences in personality and temperament for the good of the whole? Can he recognize ration- alizations of status-seeking and apathy? Without his voice, his de;as, his attendance and support the Newman Club will be that much less effective a witness for Christ on his campus. He may still vote against Newman mem- bership but he cannot dodge his responsibility to grow in know- ledge of his Faith. DEGREE OF COOLNESS We can be candid and say that at one time the Newman aposto- late was viewed with a degree of coolness by many bishops and FUTURE PROSPECTS To neglect the spiritual forma- tion of the majority of Catholics who have continued their edu- cation beyond high school would be a serious blow to the mi ssion of the Church in 20th century America. Newman Clubs are no longer thought of as favors ex- tended to nominal Catholics. As the statement of purpose of the Newman chaplains' as. sociation puts it: "We must not do as little as we can for the Catholic studeflt in the secular college but as much as we can." The Good Shepherd left the 99 to find the one sheep that was missing; the Newman chaplains are sent by their bishops and superiors to care for the 60 who pursue their education in a secular environment. WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD What the future holds for the priests. These spiritual directors Newman movement we cannot thought that by providing chap- say. Perhaps we will also see loins and facilities at secular Catholic centers like Campion colleges they would encourage House at Oxford where priests attendance by those who should and lay scholars will carry on have been enrolled at Catholic the intellectual apostolate with- schools, in the framework of our great Today the majority of bishors universities. No doubt laymen NORTHTOWNE SHOPP|NG C|hlTI:R ~. ~h~ Back to School pressPrieStSan andunderstandableParents "who con-eX" OrCollege tern over the possible loss of ,faith among Catholic students at state schools should also ex- or, eyo m eevere o e ,a ome i. a.d see the oo . Almost all chaplains de- latest Bo k To School vote many hours of their day clothes . . . a wonder]ul giving class and private instruc- ~ collection o]: ~ tion to inquirers and prospective T w o s T o R ~ $ ~ N B'~'t 0, T,converts. Several thousand COI- eNORTbl TOVNE IN ROCKFORD Suits,~ lege students find their way to I the Church each year; some Dresses chaplains instruct as many as i[iii:: Sweaters 100 inquirers a year most of ,whom eventually ask for Bop- Co-ordinates tism. M,li,ery FZ 4 DEVOTED MANPOWER Matching Sweaters and Success in this field of con- vert-making depends, from a Skirts human standpoint, on the man- Campus. Sports. Formal [:]] power which can be devoted to this work. A harassed part-time Ill chaplain at a large university 40. BROADWAY Goehnaur's Fashion Shop 20 W. Main St. Freeport Your Daughter's Wardrobe Is Still Incomplete Without BACK-TO-SCHOOL HAIR-DO ELEGANT BEAUTY SALON LEE WINCKLER, Owner 43 Fox St. at Riverside TW 6.3356 Aurora FOR REAL FAMILY LIVING must reconcile himself to seeing a huge harvest go ungathered for lack of priestly manpower. Fortunately more and more bishops are assigning outstand- ing priests to these sensitive Newman posts. As might also be expected, the ranks of Newman chaplain~have provided an in- creasing number of members of the American hierarchy. Former Newman Club chaplains elevat- ed to the episcopacy in recent years include Bishops Pursley, Babcock. Shexnavder, Green, Tracy, Cowley, Joyce, Hallinan and Reed. In choosing a college the Catholic student has no doubt evaluated such factors as facul- ty, library facilities, academic reputation, tuition, and experts: es. To these he may well wish to add the adequacy of Newman Club facilities and the availa- bility of priest chaplains. SERViSOFT ~o~o colleges and universities surpass others even in the same Means Pure Soft Water For Shampooing Laundry Dish Washing ,Saves Soap ~ fab- rics t i m e plumbing. No equip- m e n t to purchase YOUR FOOT SIZE has since school closed! state in the opportunities for re- ligious growth and education they afford. Of course, a small college with only 30 to 40 Catho- lics will never enjoy the serv- ices of a full-time chal:flain even though these few may be get- ting superior direction from a devoted part-time chaplain. GOOD OF THE WHOLE The Catholic student will want to give serious thought to join- ing the Newman Club or Catho- lic student group wherever he enrolls. Perhaps the current pro- gram makes no appeal to him, perhaps he takes a dislike to the officers or even the chaplain, perhaps he sees no possibility of finding any spare time to devote to Newman. Before he makes his final deci- sion, he should be honest enough to ask himself if the reasons are compelling to the point where he would voluntarily remain out- side the one organization to which the American bishops have entrusted the student apos- tolate on the secular campus. If the Newman program strikes the student as too heavily 'The first step is to l aw your youngster's fee correctly fitted in Play.Poise s yles. 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