What Is The Newman Organization?

The Newman Organization, named after Cardinal John Henry Newman, was founded to enrich the quality ofCatholic life on the Mount Holyoke College campus. We hope to create a vibrant spiritual environment in which members of the Catholic college community and all others who are interested may explore and deepen their relationship with God and with others through weekly celebration of the Eucharist, together with other spiritual, educational, social, and community service activities. The community provides opportunities for an International Mass where we celebrate all cultures around the world, a joyous Christmas party, Lenten reflections, an annual retreat, and other spontaneous and fun events which help to build friendships and strengthen our bonds with one another.

MHC Newman 2012-2013

The Catholic Community at Mount Holyoke

Every Sunday during the academic year, there is Mass at 6:30pm in Abbey Memorial Chapel, a joy filled community event, presided over by Father Richard Bondi, Pastor at St. Theresa's Parish, and accompanied by the Abbey Singers, directed  by Mark Gionfriddo from the Music Department.

In addition, the Catholic community provides a variety of spiritual, educational, and social events throughout the year which are open to everyone. Whether it is Catholic Women Discuss, a student-led series which looks at theological, biblical, and contemporary issues from a Catholic perspective, our annual spring retreat at a lovely Rhode Island beach house, or making fudge as a fundraiser, Catholic events are enjoyable and participatory. There are plenty of opportunities for faith exploration and sharing as well as leadership roles on the Newman Student Leadership Board.

There is also a rich Interfaith Life at MHC where the Catholic community regularly engages with other faith groups in dialogue across differences. Our Wednesday Interfaith Lunches which host about forty-fifty students weekly in a cross faith discussion is one of the best attended and most popular faith experiences on campus.

To receive notices of upcoming events for this group, please email Sr. Annette McDermott and ask her to put you on the Newman email list.


Our organization's campus mailbox is Box 9080.


Please email the webmistress Milly at cardu22e@mtholyoke.edu with any concerns or questions about the website.

Contact the College's Catholic Chaplain

Annette M. McDermott, SSJ
Chaplain and Adviser to the Catholic Community

Office of Religion and Spiritual Life
Eliot House
Mount Holyoke College
50 College St.
South Hadley, MA  01075