Catholic Newman Center - University of Washington Programs
Our annual SEARCH retreat is an incredibly important aspect of the student experience. Over the course of 3 days and two nights, students leave behind the stress and overwhelming demands of school to refocus and balance their lives in Christ. The retreat is meant to inspire students to embrace their faith as adults, to question and seek answers to the things they've struggled with all their life, and to realize that their faith must be a part of everything they do moving forward. The retreat is filled with surprises and powerful moments that reinforce the awesome power of God in one's life. This retreat is consistently listed as the "defining moment" in the faith life of students.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Our organization has grown considerably over the past 10 years. Though we serve approximately 700+ students a week, we know there are as many as 7,000 Catholic students on campus. Every aspect of our programming, staff, and facility have been taxed to maximum capacity, and we need as much help as possible to increase our funding of student activities, program investments, and capital improvements.
This is the only Catholic ministry dedicated to the University of Washington, and the students desperately need this spiritual oasis as their home-away-from-home.