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October 20, 2010

Catholic Newman Community directorship named for alumni

In recognition of the support and commitment of University of Rochester alumni J. Nelson Hoffman and Joan Dutcher Hoffman, the Catholic Newman Community will rename its directorship position the J. Nelson Hoffman ’55 and Joan Dutcher Hoffman ’55 Director of the Catholic Newman Community Pastoral Care.

“For more than 10 years, the Hoffmans have been instrumental in helping us create a strong Catholic ministry program at Rochester,” says the Rev. Brian Cool, director of the Catholic Newman Community. “This naming will allow future generations to come to know Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman and the Catholic legacy they helped to build at Rochester.”

The Catholic Newman Community, the largest single denomination at the University, serves more than 1,300 students each year through the sponsorship of programs including mass, retreats, lectures, community dinners, and service projects, among others. During the 2009–10 academic year, more than 350 students gathered weekly for mass, 75 student athletes involved in Newman’s St. Sebastian Society volunteered their time tutoring and mentoring inmates in the county jail, and Newman students raised more than $2,600 for the Haiti relief effort and served more than 1,300 meals during Third Sunday Suppers.

The Newman Community has been recognized twice by the Catholic Campus Ministry Association, a national organization for campus Catholic ministers. In 2007, the St. Sebastian Society received the Developing Leaders for the Future Award and in 2009, the Newman Community received the Forming the Faith Community Award for its Newman Fest program, which focused on education, fundraising, and service to migrant farm workers in the upstate New York region.

“All of us at the Interfaith Chapel celebrate with the Newman Community the generosity of the Hoffmans, and we hope this encourages other gifts that will strengthen religious life and interfaith cooperation at the University,” says the Rev. Allison Stokes, director of religious and spiritual life at the University. “Father Cool’s gift for ministry with young people is exceptional. It gives me special delight that he is the first person to hold the Hoffman Directorship.”

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