The University Catholic Center serves as the pastoral and educational center for Emory University, Oxford College, and Agnes Scott College.



The University Catholic Center exists to complement students' secular education with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and help students become mature Catholic adults able to live faithful and moral lives.

From the Chaplain

It is with great joy that I welcome you to Atlanta! 

I am Fr. John Boll, a Dominican priest of the Province of St. Martin De Porres. My religious community serves the Church in the southern U.S., and strives to support and develop communities of faith that understand and preach the Word of God joyfully through word and deed. Read more...

Dominican Spirituality

The Dominican Order, a Roman Catholic religious order founded by Saint Dominic de Guzman in France on December 22, 1216, was founded to preach the Gospel and combat heresy.  The Dominicans were at the forefront of intellectual life during the Middle Ages and produced many theologians, philosophers, and preachers.

As a ministry of the Dominican Order, the University Catholic Center is guided by four pillars of spirituality: community, prayer, study, and preaching. Read more...

Our House

While there is no place like home, we hope to be a close second. Read more...


Beginning in 1967

The house at 1753 North Decatur Road was purchased by the Archdiocese of Atlanta under Archbishop Paul Hallinan in response to the petition of a group of faculty and staff at Emory University who desired a Catholic presence on campus. The building was named the Newman House and served well to meet the needs of the 30 members who formed the Catholic population at both at Emory University and at Agnes Scott College. Fr. Plasid Pierson, OSB was the Director of the Newman House for a short time. The emphasis of the ministry at that time was draft counseling. He was succeeded by Fr. Bill Hoffman, a Diocesan priest. Rooms in the House were rented to graduate students at that time.  Read More...