Newman Catholic Ministries relaunches program for first-year students


Students pose at an event for the First Year Spiritual Home program. Courtesy Vincenzo Volpe

Tara Tran, Staff Reporter

The Newman Catholic Campus Ministry will be launching a small group program aimed at freshmen called the First Year Spiritual Home. The goal of FYSH is to give first-year students upperclassmen mentors to guide them through their college transition while still staying connected with their faith.

FYSH focuses on four main pillars: service, prayer, faith education and community. The program gives students time to bond through activities and weekly meetings.

“FYSH creates a welcoming environment where first-year students can stay strong in their faith and meet other Catholic students while transitioning to a secular college,” said Vincenzo Volpe, one of the program leaders.

FYSH existed four years ago, but was disbanded when the leaders graduated. It was revived after a number of Case Western Reserve University students attended the Campus Ministry Leadership Institute at John Carroll University.

Students can sign up for FYSH on Sept. 6 and 7 by contacting Campus Minister Sharon Bramante or after this weekend’s mass at the Holy Rosary.