St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Newman Center Dedicates New Church

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- After more than 50 years in the former church, students and parishioners at St. Thomas Aquinas Church or the Newman Center in Lincoln started a new journey of faith Sunday.

It took eight years of planning, two years of construction and a $25 million dollar campaign. Sunday, members held a dedication ceremony in their new church.

Members said the new church offers modern amenities with traditional architecture, and they simply outgrew the old building.

"It's all for the students, so it's their involvement and their enthusiasm which drove the project," Newman Center Director of Development Jude Werner said. "It wasn't build it and they will come, it was they were here and overflowing and they needed a place to be. It starts with the students and they've certainly done a lot of prayer and service, and they've been very generous as well."

Werner said current University of Nebraska - Lincoln students have pledged $290,000 to make the new church possible.

Priests and bishops from around the state were also there Sunday to dedicate the church.