Forming Students In His Presence

Father Mark with Pope Francis

Campus Ministry

“As a priest, it is my call to be in His presence. I am a shepherd to lead young souls and form missionary disciples.”

– Fr. Urey P. Mark, Director & Chaplain, Lyke House Catholic Newman Center at the Atlanta University Center 

Full of joy in the Lord, Father Urey Mark brings students into the presence of Christ as the Director and Chaplain of the Lyke House Catholic Newman Center. Serving the students of Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and Georgia State University, the Lyke House is the presence of the Catholic Church on these four Atlanta college campuses.

Leaning on his deep personal devotion to the Eucharist, Fr. Mark brings students to encounter Christ through the celebration of the Mass, the Sacraments, community, and service so that they can in turn, go out and be Christ to others. Looking to former Archbishop of Atlanta James P. Lyke, the ministry’s namesake, and Servant of God Sr. Thea Bowman models who lived the values of missionary discipleship, the ministry draws students to a close personal relationship with Christ and equips them to go forth to spread the Good News to all those around them. 

“The Newman Center is the presence of the Church at the non-Catholic university. I show the pastoral care of the Church through accompaniment, empathy, and love to be the gateway for the next generation of stewards.”

– Fr. Urey P. Mark, Lyke House Catholic Newman Center at the Atlanta University Center 

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