Saturday, January 25, 2014

Watch the Casting of New Bells for a Church Live

From Fr. Robert Matya of the University of Nebraska Newman Center, and Mr. James McCrery of McCrery Architects:

Four bells for the St. Thomas Aquinas Church and Newman Center bell tower will be cast on Monday, January 27 at 1pm Central by the Verdin Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. You can watch the process LIVE through a webcast here, .

In keeping with tradition, the Newman Center is naming the bells, and we would love your help! Bells are typically named after Saints. Send your naming suggestions to with the following (include “Name the Bells” in the Subject Line):
1. Submission of name(s) for the four bells.
2. Why the Newman Center should select these names (please limit your response to 200 words or less). Etching will begin soon; the deadline to submit names is Monday, January 27th at Noon Central Time.

From McCrery Architects’ website: This project is for a new St Thomas Aquinas Chapel and new Newman Center complex in welcome collaboration with Mr. Kevin Clark and his firm Clark Architecture Collaborative. The Chapel and Center will replace the existing 1960’s-era complex now rendered obsolete by the rich, vibrant and highly-active Catholic student culture fostered by the Priests, Religious and Staff at the Newman Center. The project is in the fundraising stage. Please see:

the old Newman center, thankfully now torn down in preparation for the new building...
is that eery glow from the transporter beam...?

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