The nation’s first Newman Club was formed at Penn by Timothy L. Harrington, M.D., and a group of Catholic students. According to this history by Timothy L. Harrington, the Club’s initial meeting took place in the rooms of Michael O’Brien and Peter O’Donnell, students of the medical and dental school, respectively. Also present was Rev. Dr. P.J. Garvey, Rector of St. James Catholic Church in West Philadelphia, a popular church for Penn students to attend mass.