Our Purpose Here
Serving the NDSU campus as a "home away from home" for students making the transition into adulthood; preparing them to receive the gift of their vocation and equipping them to live a dynamic Catholic life.
Our Purpose Here
Catholic campus ministry has played an important role at NDSU since 1928, when 36 students came together to form the Catholic Students’ Club. Today, that ministry is thriving at St. Paul’s Newman Center, where thousands of students have actively engaged and benefitted from a holistic Catholic formation – encouraging them in their pursuit of such virtues as chastity, sobriety, and excellence, so much needed in today’s society and culture.
As a “home-away-from-home,” the Newman Center not only tends to the daily spiritual needs of students, but also provides a place for hundreds of students to form faith-based relationships every day. Through our hugely successful FOCUS campus ministry program, the Newman Center provides opportunities for YOUTH to minister to YOUTH – with over 70 student-led bible studies on campus, men’s and women’s groups, and various social activities every week.
Without the presence of the Newman Center on campus, much would be lost. Our future leaders would have no guidance in their pursuit of virtue, nor would they have a “home” to come to when the epidemic of moral problems, such as pre-marital sex, drug and alcohol addictions, pornography, and same-sex unions, push themselves upon our students and they have nowhere else to turn. Finally, amidst rampant poverty and greed, there would be no stewardship of time, talent, and treasure, except in the pursuit of self-fulfillment. God has blessed us profusely with this opportunity to spread the Gospel and carry on the legacy of the Catholic Faith through many generations.
“If then a practical end must be assigned to a University course, I say it is that of training good members of society... It is the education which gives a man a clear, conscious view of their own opinions and judgements, a truth in developing them, an eloquence in expressing them, and a force in urging them. It teaches him to see things as they are, to go right to the point, to disentangle a skein of thought to detect what is sophistical and to discard what is irrelevant.” ― Cardinal John Henry Newman, The Idea of a University