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University life is full of new experiences — some exciting, some difficult — and both faith in God and a supportive faith community can help ease the transition. The Sheil Catholic Center is honored to welcome you whether you are an incoming, prospective, or returning student. The Catholic community at Northwestern is warm and welcoming and our space on the Evanston and Chicago campuses are favorite places for students to study, pray, and socialize.

Whether you are confident about your faith or have questions, your fellow students and the Sheil staff are excited to walk with you on your spiritual journey. No judgement. Come with your questions, come as you are. We look forward to meeting you!

First Night

First Night is a fun way to meet other Catholic students right before Wildcat Welcome Week. Thanks to everyone who was able to attend this year's FirstNight! Photos are here. If you were unable to attend and would like to get involved with the Catholic community at Northwestern, click here to sign up!

Three Weeks of Welcome

Join other Catholic students during the first three weeks of school for a variety of fun events to get to know the Catholic community at Northwestern.

Daily Mass
Monday - Friday, 5:00 p.m. at Sheil Catholic Center, Evanston, starting September 12th
Wednesdays, 12:10 p.m. at Sheil Catholic Center, Chicago, starting August 31st

Sunday, September 18 - Sunday Mass
9:30 a.m.,11:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.
Coffee and Donuts after Mass

Sunday, September 18 - GYA Cookout
Following the 5:00 p.m. Mass
(Graduate students and Young Adults)

Wednesday, September 21 - Harbor
8:00 p.m., Midweek Worship & Fellowship

Thursday, September 22 - Cheap Lunch
12:00 p.m., students $2, First-years eat free today
Takes place every Thursday during academic year

Thursday, September 22 - CaSA Kick-Off
8:00 p.m., Night of Food, Fellowship, and bonFire
(Catholic Student Association for undergrads)

Sunday, September 25 - Sunday Mass
9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.,
Blessing of the Backpacks - bring your backpack for a special blessing and learn about Sunday+1

Starting September 26th - Sunday+1 Discernment
M-F, 12:00-2:00 p.m., 6:00-8:00 p.m. Companion Convos

Tuesday, September 27 - Adoration
12:30-4:30 p.m., starting today and each
Tuesday and Thursday during the academic year

Wednesday, September 28 - Harbor
8:00 p.m., Midweek Worship & Fellowship

Sunday, October 2 - Sunday+1 Mass
9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m., Covenant Sunday

Sign Up

If you don't already receive Sheil's emails, get connected to the Sheil Catholic Center by signing up here. You'll start receiving the weekly community e-newsletter with information about what is taking place among the Catholic community at Northwestern and opportunities to get more involved.

During the Year

The Sheil Catholic Center is here for you with space on Northwestern's Evanston and Chicago campuses. Learn more about the Catholic Student Association (CaSA) for undergraduates, the Graduate Students and Young Adults (GYA) group, and our campus ministry for law and medical students studying on the Chicago campus.

There is always something happening at Sheil. You'll discover Mass, Bible studies, service opportunities, and more.

Go Deeper in Faith

The Catholic Scholars Program is a two-year program for incoming students and all undergraduates that gives you an opportunity to dive deeper into your faith, ask tough questions, and explore being an adult in faith. If you are accepted to the program, you commit yourself to the four facets of scholarship, prayer, service, and leadership. The deadline has passed for this year, but we welcome your application next year! Scholars receive a $5,000 stipend to pay for any costs associated with the requirements. Learn more here.

Nobody has more fun than us! I owe so much of my wonderful Northwestern experience to it, and I know that for years to come students will continue to find a home here. Because of the wonderful staff, shared values and principles, and the environment here there’s no other place I’d rather spend my time.

Denise Lopez | Class of 2020

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