About Us

Welcome!

The St Thomas More Newman Center is a place to encounter Jesus Christ. Bible Studies, Eucharistic Adoration, receiving daily the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist and Confession, making new friendships, receiving spiritual direction, and large group events discussing topics of faith are some of the ways we help foster that encounter with Jesus Christ. Jesus tells us in Revelation 3:20,

"Behold, I stand at the door and Knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, (then) I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me."

Let us help you more deeply open the door of faith to welcome Jesus Christ into your life. You will not be disappointed!

Our Mission

In collaboration with the University of South Dakota and the Diocese of Sioux Falls, the St Thomas More Newman Center provides an authentic Catholic home for the family of God. We serve all students, alumni, parents, faculty, and staff of the USD community in order to integrate Christ into their lives, their lives into the Church, and the Church into USD.

Staff



Kim Layman, FOCUS Missionary

Hi friends! My name is Kim Layman and I am a first year FOCUS missionary here at USD. I graduated from UND in May and love all things coffee, any and all adventures, and just hanging out! I am so excited to share with others how much Jesus thirsts for us, and especially to work with those in Greek Life, which is where I met Christ, and I hope to spread His Love and Joy here on campus. Peace!


Josh Snow, FOCUS Missionary

I have been Catholic my whole life and the faith has always been an important part of my identity. In high school, however, I struggled with knowing exactly where I stood on the faith because I didn’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. On numerous occasions I fell into sins of the flesh and had many difficulties with the Church’s teaching on chastity. When I got to college I began to encounter Christ in a personal way. I got involved in a bible study for the football team and was invited into a one-on-one mentorship by one of the FOCUS missionaries at Benedictine College. I began to fall in love with the Lord and to see Him as a friend I could count on for anything. That caused me to end a relationship I was in with a girl from home and to start running after Christ. I am now consecrated to Jesus through His Blessed Mother Mary, have a deep love and passion for sharing the Gospel, and am engaged to my best friend, Annie, who is helping me to follow Christ until the day I see Him in eternity.

I began to feel a call to be a laborer for the Kingdom of God my sophomore year of college when I began co-leading a bible study for the football team at Benedictine. With the help of my FOCUS missionary mentor, I learned how to share my faith with other men on campus. Sharing the Gospel and my very self with others was something that brought me great joy and fulfillment. As I came into my senior year of college I felt called to apply for FOCUS and serve as a missionary. Now the time has come for me to begin my ministry and I feel honored to serve college athletes at the University of South Dakota and be an instrument of God’s will to them.

Tricia Zikmund, FOCUS Missionary

Hey! My name is Tricia Zikmund. I grew up on a hog farm near Pisek, ND, as the second oldest of eight kids. I graduated from NDSU in May with degrees in math, math education, and family & consumer science education. I am an enthusiast of coffee, board games (especially Catan), and all things outdoors. Most importantly, I'm beyond excited for this new adventure as a FOCUS missionary getting to know all of you and growing deeper in our faith together.