The Newman Center is a gathering place for the Catholic community at the University of Maine in Orono. The Newman Center is part of the Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord, and is also known as Our Lady of Wisdom Church.

As a parish, we welcome all members of the University community: staff, faculty, administrators, and students, as well as their families.

As a campus ministry center, we have a special ministry to University students. We welcome Catholics and those who are interested in knowing more about the Catholic faith.

Students gather for liturgy, retreats, outreach to those in need, social events, religious study, and sacrament preparation; and the chapel is always available for prayer!

We encourage students to study at the center, and free WiFi is available for that purpose. We also have space for cooking, a collection of board games, various outdoor games for temperate weather fun, and a vast collection of books to peruse if you need a break from textbooks.


Palm Sunday Mass

Mass is celebrated every Sunday. Please join us for liturgy. As Fr. Bill says, if you are close to the Eucharist, you are always home.


6:15pm (when the University is in session)

Those interested in being a greeter, lector, Eucharistic Minister, altar server, or singer/musician during liturgy, please be in touch! We invite active participation in our church.

Daily Mass is celebrated on Tuesdays at 6pm. Come at 5:30 to pray the rosary before Mass!

Other Mass times in nearby churches can be found below, including additional Daily Mass times.

Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord (Old Town, Orono, Bradley, Indian Island)

St. Paul the Apostle Parish (Bangor, Brewer, Hampden, Winterport)



Adoration offers an opportunity for quiet prayer and contemplation with the Blessed Sacrament. Take time to pray with our Lord. You won’t regret it.

Mondays 3-5pm

Tuesdays 3-5pm

Wednesdays 3-4pm

Thursdays 3-5pm

Fridays 5-6pm

(when the University is in session)

For resources on prayer, check out Dare to Pray by Kevin Cotter or watch a video of Sr. Mary Gabriel speaking about Prayer. If you want someone to pray with you, please reach out! We would be delighted.


Father Bill's couch for confessions

Confession allows us to access God’s amazing mercy and forgiveness by apologizing for our sins. Fr. Bill notes that the Newman Center is the only place in Maine where you can go to confession on a couch. Seriously, you should try it!

Fridays 5-6pm (when the University is in session)

by appointment

If you haven’t been to the Sacrament of Reconciliation in a while, check out this Illustrated Guide to Confession by Therese Aaker, and to help you in your Examination of Conscience, check out these resources about the Seven Deadly Sins and the Ten Commandments.


Free suppers are open to University students to join together in laughter and fellowship. We hope you’ll join us!

Wednesdays 6pm

Sundays after 6:15pm Mass

(when the University is in session)

Please let us know in advance if you have a food allergy or dietary restriction, and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.


Women’s and Men’s Groups provide a platform to learn about the Catholic faith through conversation.

Sundays 8-9pm

Bible Studies are led by students and FOCUS missionaries at various times throughout the week. Contact a FOCUS missionary to select a time that will fit into your schedule.

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) is available for those interested in becoming Catholic. Ask Fr. Bill or Ellen Klein for more information.


Service to those in need is a necessary component of our faith, bringing the love of Christ into our communities. Students volunteer to serve meals at Manna Ministries Soup Kitchen in Bangor and to help with the Food Pantry/Thrift Shop in our parish in Old Town. To become involved, contact Matt Valles.