At the University of South Dakota
Welcome to St Thomas More Newman Center!
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Novena to St Joseph
Beginning March 11
Sunday, March 11th, is the beginning of 9 consecutive days of prayer through the intercession of St Joseph. Please pick up a handout at the chapel entrance to help in your participation with this novena.
Tuesdays @ 8pm
Both grad and undergrad men are invited to Men's Nights at Newman. Meet new friends, experience ways to live authentic Manhood, join a fellowship of other guys to run to heaven with.
Communion and Liberation University
Tuesdays @ 9pm
Join us for an opportunity to learn to meet Jesus Christ in your daily life.
Thursday @ 11am
Join Bishop Swain, Priests, Deacons, and Religious of the Diocese at the 2018 Chrism Mass at St Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls. Mass begins at 11am. You are invited to join Fr Jeff in traveling to Sioux Falls, departing the Newman Center at 9am.
Lenten Dollar Meal
Thursday @ 6pm
Come share dinner and fellowship Thursday after the 5:15pm Mass. This week's meal will have a St Patrick's theme. Dinner will be provided, all we ask is a $1 donation, but if you don't have the $1 you can still eat.
Praise and Worship
Thursday @ 8:30pm
Praise and Worship, Adoration, Confession and Prayer Teams all starting at 8:30pm.
Stations of the Cross
Fridays during Lent @ 3pm
Stations of the Cross will be Fridays during Lent followed by Divine Mercy Chaplet, all in the chapel.
Fridays @ 6am
Basketball at The Wellness Center. All are welcome.
Ambassador Applications Available - Deadline extended
Due March 16
Applications are now being accepted for Newman Ambassadors for the 2018-2019 school year. Applications can be found in the folder outside of Kris' office and are due March 16.
Yotes for Life
Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 18th, 1-5pm! Yotes for Life will be participating in the Nationwide campaign 40 Days for Life! They will drive up to Sioux Falls to peacefully protest outside of Planned Parenthood.
If you would like to be added to the email list so you hear about upcoming events and ways to make a difference, please email email@example.com and like and follow them on Facebook and Instagram!
WE ARE THE PRO-LIFE GENERATION!
Men's Night Movie Opportunity
An exciting opportunity awaits us this year's Holy Week. March 28th, Paul, Apostle of Christ, the movie comes out. We'll meet at Newman at 6pm then head down over for a quick dinner then to the movie in either Sioux City or Sioux Falls. Each guy will want to bring about $15 to spend.
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 Boleyn the new queen. King Henry had self-granted an annulment 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.