Coyote Catholic

At the University of South Dakota

Welcome to St Thomas More Newman Center!

320 E Cherry St - Vermillion

Conveniently located just north of the MUC student center parking lot, across Cherry Street

Office: 605-624-2697


Mass Times

Sunday: 11am and 9pm

visit the Prayer Times page for weekday Mass times

January 19th @ 8pm

St Thomas More Newman Center

Hawaiian Dance

Come to the St. Thomas More Newman Center for a Hawaiian themed party. The party starts at 8 PM. There will be games, food, dancing, and more! You can pay the admission at the door. Everyone is invited! Come have a good time!

Everyone is welcome!

Admission to the Dance:

Single Admission:

$3 or 3 cans of nonperishable food

Couple Admission:

$5 or 5 cans of nonperishable food

Hawaiian attire is encouraged.

Alumni Update

Congratulations to all those who graduated from USD this fall!

All though USD did not have a Fall Commencement, many students have completed their studies. To those of you who are moving on from USD, please know of our continued prayers for you as you begin a new life adventure! To those of you returning to USD or staying in the Vermillion area, our doors are always open!

If you graduated from USD or have moved on from the area, please take a moment to fill out our Alumni Update! We love to hear where the Lord has called you!

Capital Campaign

Are you a friend of campus ministry? Has campus ministry made an impact in your life?

Join others in helping us build a Capital Improvement Fund. Our goal is to build a fund of $500,000.00 to aid in much needed repairs and building improvements.

Donate Today!

BREAK THE MOLD: invite. inspire. equip.

Today more then ever, college students are in search of answers. What is God calling me to be? How will I live a life for Christ and grow my career? Where am I meant to serve? Catholic Campus ministry helps students discern these questions through the Sacraments, Bible studies and community activities. The Newman Center stands as a beacon of Christ helping students build their foundations for eternity as they build the foundations for their careers.

Looking for a way to meet new people?

Consider joining a bible study group! We have many different bible study groups from which to choose. Are you an athlete, in greek life, a graduate level student? We have a bible study specifically for you! Would you like to meet with others from your own Resident Hall? There's a bible study group for you too! Contact steven.piorkowski@focus.org for more information on bible study groups or check out our list of current bible study groups for one that will fit your schedule.

Bible Study Group List

2017-2018 Bible Studies

Upcoming Events

National Sanctity of Human Life Day

Monday @ 12noon-1pm

Join us for a prayer chain for the sanctity of human life. Praying and holding signs along Cherry St outside of The Newman Center. Signs and prayer sheets will be provided.

Communion and Liberation University

Tuesdays @ 9pm

Join us for an opportunity to learn to meet Jesus Christ in your daily life.

Dollar Dinner

Thursday, Jan 18 @ 6pm

Come share dinner and fellowship Thursday after the 5:15pm Mass at the Dollar Dinner. This week's host: USD Knights of Columbus. Dinner will be provided, all we ask is a $1 donation, but if you don't have the $1 you can still eat. Can't make it this week? Dollar Dinners will occur every Thursday at 6pm this semester!

Friday Basketball

Fridays @ 6am

Basketball at The Wellness Center. All are welcome.

Stump the Priest Night

Tuesday, Jan 30 @ 7pm

Bring your questions about the Catholic faith/church and attempt to stump Fr Jeff! Food provided.

Pick a Patron Saint for 2018

saintsnamegenerator.com

At any time during 2018, click on the website, pray and let the generator help you chose a patron saint for 2018.

Spiritual Impact Boot Camp

Feb 16-18 @ Broom Tree

$100 registration fee, financial scholarships available. Talk to Fr Jeff or a FOCUS missionary for more information.

focusoncampus.org/retreats

Select: South Dakota Area Spiritual Impact Bootcamp (Irene, SD - Feb 16 to 18)

Who is Saint Thomas More?

Our Newman Center is named after him, but who is he?

​He was born into a prominent London family on ​February 7th, ​1478​. As a young boy he attended Catholic school. In 1492 he went to university at Oxford in England. In 1494 he became a lawyer. He became a member of parliament involved in the political activity of his country. He married and had 4 children. He was a defender of the Catholic Faith in England.​ He was knighted and worked as a member of the royal staff of King Henry VIII as his chancellor. When King Henry VIII was deciding to break away from the Catholic Church, Thomas could not support the king's decision. Thomas chose to resign from his position as the king's chancellor. King Henry wanted to divorce his wife Catherine and Thomas would not support his action. He was pressured, but did not sign an Oath​ declaring ​Ann Bo​leyn the new queen.​ King Henry had self-granted​ an a​n​nulment from​ his first wife ​Catherine​ and made himself the head of his newly founded Church of England​. Thomas refused to support the king's action and was locked in the tower of London as a result of his refusal. He was put to death by beheading on July 6th, ​1535​. We celebrate his feast day on June 22​ as a martyr of the Catholic Faith​.​ ​He is the patron saint of adopted children, lawyers, civil servants, politicians, and difficult marriages.

Beatification of an American Priest

On November 18th, an American man, Fr Solanus Casey, was beatified making him one step closer to becoming the next American saint.

Known for his great faith, attention to the sick, and ability as a spiritual counselor, he will be the second American-born male to be beatified.

He was very close to the sick and was highly sought-after throughout his life, in part because of the many physical healings attributed to his blessings and intercession. He was also a co-founder of Detroit’s Capuchin Soup Kitchen in 1929.