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Newman Hall resident director, athlete, and new Catholic is on the right tracks

Jenna Fesemyer, resident director at Newman Hall of St. John's Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois in Champaign, wears medals she earned while competing for Team USA at the Parapan American Games last month in Lima, Peru. (Provided photo)

CHAMPAIGN — Jenna Fesemyer is a world class wheelchair athlete with hopes of representing the United States at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. But those who know the 22-year-old resident director at Newman Hall here would award “our Jenna” gold medals for joyful attitude, academics, leadership, and witness of her newfound Catholic faith. “She’s […]

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Champaign marathon offers priest an opportunity to sacrifice for others

Father Chase Hilgenbrinck, assistant chaplain at St. John's Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois, runs in the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon on April 28. (Illinois Marathon photo)

CHAMPAIGN — More than 1,100 people ran in the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon this year, but only one of them wore a black clergy shirt with a white tab collar and the words “Catholic Illini” printed on the back while doing it. “Marathon culture is a fun culture and people often dress in costume, so […]

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