What is Newman Catholic?
Catholic Campus Ministry at Ramapo College is composed of The Office of Campus Ministry, FOCUS
, and Newman Catholic at Ramapo. Newman Catholic is a student organization at Ramapo College and is dedicated to providing students with spiritual and social programming which will improve their college experience.
About Blessed John Henry Newman
Newman Catholic Campus Ministry is named after Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman. In fact, many secular colleges and universities across the country have named their Catholic Campus Ministries after him. Newman lived in the 19th century in England and spent a majority of his life working on college campuses. He was a convert to Catholicism, a professor, and a very holy priest.
One of his many works, The Idea of the University, discusses how Universities are founded on students’ seeking a universal truth. He explained that the beauty of the University was in those coming together from many different backgrounds for that one purpose. It is due to his many years of service to universities that so many Catholic Campus Ministry centers are named after him. These centers provide a means for students to experience the Church on their individual campuses. At Ramapo College, we do this through our many spiritual, social, and community service events.
About the Logo
The logo for Newman Catholic was designed by one of our students in the 2010-2011 academic year.
The triangle – symbolizes the Trinity (1 God, 3 Persons – Father, Son, Holy Spirit)
The colors – represent Ramapo College of NJ
The Cross – is a symbol of Christ’s conquering death and the central reason we believe in Him as our Lord. The cross also symbolizes our call to follow Christ and bring His message to our campus and serve the Catholic Church He founded.
Matthew Higgins, Campus Minister:
Matthew Higgins is the Pastoral Associate for Young Adult Ministry at Immaculate Conception Church in Mahwah, NJ, and Campus Minister to Ramapo College. He has been involved with Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the past 10 years. His experience ranges from Junior High Faith formation, to High School Retreat Ministry, to Campus and Young Adult Ministry. Matt holds a BA in History from Montclair State University and an MAT in Systematic Theology from Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University. He has spoken at numerous Theology on Taps, RCIA, Youth and Young Adult conferences and retreats throughout Northern and Central NJ.
Rev. William P. Sheridan
Fr. Bill attended Seton Hall University and received his B.A. in Political Science in 1985, his Master of Divinity in 1989 and a Master of Arts in Systematic Theology in 1994. Fr. Bill is a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, having been ordained to the priesthood on October 7, 1989.
Fr. Bill has served the Archdiocese of Newark as Parochial Vicar at Holy Family R.C. Church in Nutley, Associate Director of Vocations, Spiritual Director of St. Andrew’s College Seminary and Associate Director of Campus Ministry at Seton Hall University, and Parochial Vicar at Immaculate Conception in Montclair. He is currently the Director of Campus Ministry here at Ramapo and the pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Mahwah.
Matthew Higgins, M.A.T.
Pastoral Associate for Young Adult Ministries
Immaculate Conception Church
900 Darlington Ave. Mahwah, NJ
Campus Minister to Ramapo College of New Jersey
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road Mahwah, NJ