The miracle story...
In August of 2020 amidst the turmoil, tragedies & chaos of the pandemic the Newman Catholic Center sold its property & building to UMass Amherst for the Purchase Price of $12.5M. This sale had been negotiated for several years with the assistance & wisdom of the Development Board members of Newman.
The decision was not made easily or lightly...Newman was faced with the difficult decision after several years of spending more in maintenance on our North Pleasant St. facility than on the programs & services offered to our students, extended community & guests to the Center. Actually selling wasn't even an thought until one day a local developer several year ago approached Fr. Gary, our Director to chat about the possibilities of constructing a new center. The University upon hearing about this discussion approached Fr. Gary and asked for a meeting. At this meeting the possibilities began to be explored.
The time was right...the opportunities were obvious. With the sale of the Center a new Newman Catholic Center could be a reality for generations to come. A difficult decision? Of course, the sale meant that the years and memories of the existing Center and all it meant to thousands upon thousands of students would be just that -- wonderful, enriching, inspiring, transformational memories . A necessary decision? Yes, The Newman Catholic Center would be on campus for many years to come...continuing to enrich, inspire and transform students in the Catholic faith and experiencing the love of Jesus Christ.
...when Heart speaks to heart
Truly a miracle...thus the name of our Capital Campaign...
Atty. George "Trigger Burke makes a lead donation to our Capital Campaign...
Trigger Burke donated a $500,000 donation to Newman's Capital Campaign with the intent of making "Newman the best that it can be!"
Star basketball player for UMass and the Celtics and currently an attorney serving the people of Quincy & its surrounding communities has also agreed to serve as Honorary Chair of our Capital Campaign.
Most Rev. William D. Byrne,
Newman's Capital Campaign
How to donate...
Safely & securely through this website (see the "donate" button at the top of this page)
By mail - Make your check out to the Newman Center & on the memo line mention the campaign
Any questions or issues as you consider a donation...please call the Center at 413-549-0300 or email Virginia Webb,