Programs & Groups

“"The purpose of Christianity is not to avoid difficulty, but to produce a character adequate to meet it when it comes. It does not make life easy; rather it tries to make us great enough for life."”
- James L. Christensen

The Sheil Catholic Center’s myriad of ongoing programs, events and groups are open to the students on the campuses of Northwestern University and the surrounding community.  

Opportunities range from exploring prayer life or participating in the Mass to volunteering on service trips or taking Northwestern University-approved courses to analyze Catholicism. Our goal is to encourage discussion, foster friendship and promote religious dialogue and understanding.

Whether you’re comfortable discussing your faith or just beginning to discover it; whether you’ve been active in your church before or are trying for the first time; whether you’re a student, graduate student, associate or incoming student — the Sheil Catholic Center has a way for you to get involved.

To learn more about our programs and groups, explore the links to your left or Sheil’s Event Calendar.

While most programs are open to all, some groups are dedicated to the dynamic segments of Sheil’s community. That’s why we dedicate information and programs that are unique to each group to whom we minister:

For more information on any of these programs — or to start one of your own — contact the Sheil Catholic Center at or (847) 328-4648.