More than 160 Catholic students at the University of Nebraska – Omaha will have a new home in the fall of 2016. Ground was broken Tuesday on the St. John Paul II Newman Center at 71st and Pacific Streets.
Omaha Archbishop George Lucas attended the ground breaking and says, “This is an opportunity for our students to celebrate their faith, to grow in their faith. To become part of the community. To overcome the isolation which even on a crowded campus can be a burden for students that are away from home.”
The Newman Center will house 164 students. It also features an outdoor courtyard, library and chapel. There will also be a residence for two priests.
The Omaha Archdiocese paid $1.8-million for the 3.5 acre site. The new facility should be ready to house students in the fall of 2016.