UNL building new Catholic Church - News, Weather and Sports for Lincoln, NE; KLKNTV.com

UNL building new Catholic Church

Posted: Updated:

By: Megan Palera
mpalera@klkntv.com

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is building a new Catholic church, and for good reason - there's no room.

The St. Thomas Aquinas Church at the Newman Center is located on 16th and Q Streets. On Sundays, it's standing room only as the aisles are flooded with UNL students.

"We have anywhere from 1,500 to 2,200 students who come here for Mass. And our chapel really only seats about 375," Father Robert Matya said.

The Newman Center says it's "A Great Problem to Have!" But still, a problem that needs to be fixed. So the best solution was to build and double the space. The project costs $25 million. The old building will be flattened and new 30,000 square foot center will replace it. The new church can seat up to 650 people.

"In the past, I have had students tell me that they go to other churches because they there is no room. So we think this new space will be able to accommodate them," Father Matya said.

Built in 1960, the Newman Center has been a "home away from home" for generations of students. But as the number of Catholic students hits 6,000, more space is needed. It will be a bitter sweet moment this Easter Sunday as the last mass is held in the old church.

"It'll be a big celebration for us. Kind of a grand way for us to leave this building," Father Matya said.

Construction will begin in the next few weeks. It's expected to be complete in the late fall of next year. In the meantime, Sunday mass will be held in the Student Union.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • The victim was a 28-year-old woman

    Woman dies after being struck by SUV

    Woman dies after being struck by SUV

    A 28-year-old woman was struck and killed by an SUV, near 56th and Cleveland St. early Sunday morning, around 2:30 a.m. Lincoln Police say, the driver of the vehicle was a 20-year-old woman heading northbound on 56th st. The woman who was hit by the SUV was transported to a local hospital, where she died from her injuries. No citations have been issued at this time, drugs and alcohol are not suspected. The names of the people involved have not been released, as police work to...

    More >>

    A 28-year-old woman was struck and killed by an SUV, near 56th and Cleveland St. early Sunday morning, around 2:30 a.m. Lincoln Police say, the driver of the vehicle was a 20-year-old woman heading northbound on 56th st. The woman who was hit by the SUV was transported to a local hospital, where she died from her injuries. No citations have been issued at this time, drugs and alcohol are not suspected. The names of the people involved have not been released, as police work to...

    More >>
  • Part of the Wheel For Warriors project

    Veteran receives motorcycle

    Veteran receives motorcycle

    A veteran received a new set of wheels at Star City Motor Sports today. Tyler Powell of the Army National Guard was nominated by Combat Vets Motorcycles Association to receive a new motorcycle. The program is part of Wheels 4 Warriors, a national group that provides the bikes for veterans. Tyler says he thinks his willingness to help, helped him get nominated. Tyler said, "These guys did a rally good job of keeping me in the dark and just presenting me with a gift that I'll ne...

    More >>

    A veteran received a new set of wheels at Star City Motor Sports today. Tyler Powell of the Army National Guard was nominated by Combat Vets Motorcycles Association to receive a new motorcycle. The program is part of Wheels 4 Warriors, a national group that provides the bikes for veterans. Tyler says he thinks his willingness to help, helped him get nominated. Tyler said, "These guys did a rally good job of keeping me in the dark and just presenting me with a gift that I'll ne...

    More >>
  • Skate Zone closing after more than 60 years

    Skate Zone closing after more than 60 years

    Skate Zone closing after more than 60 years

    More than six decades of memories rolled into one building.

    More >>

    More than six decades of memories rolled into one building.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KLKN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.