Bernadette O'Keefe- Welcome to the Team!


Please join us in welcoming Bernadette O'Keefe to the bisonCatholic Team as our new Campus Minister!

A little about Bernadette

Hello! My name is Bernadette O'Keefe and I'm excited to join the St. Paul's Newman Center community as Campus Minister! While originally from North Fargo, I recently graduated with my Master's in English Philology from the University of Wroclaw in Poland. My participation in student ministries as a high school student in North Dakota, as a undergraduate student in Maryland, and as an international student in Poland have culminated in a strong desire to continue working in ministry, particularly working with College students. I am eager to jump into serving the Newman community. I look forward to meeting you all and growing in Christ together!


Register for Dickinson Banquet


Banquet Details:

When: Thursday, October 10, 2019
          5:30 p.m.- Social and Check-in
          6:30p.m.- Banquet and Program

Where: Ramada by Wyndham Grand Dakota Hotel Dickinson 
           532 15th St W
           Dickinson, ND 58601

Keynote: David Richman 


About our Keynote: David Richman

NDSU Men's Head Basketball Coach

David Richman is entering his sixth season as the head men’s basketball coach at North Dakota State in 2019-20. He has led the Bison to two NCAA Tournament appearances in five years, including this year’s Summit League Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament victory over North Carolina Central. A Wahpeton, N.D., native, Richman has spent a total of 14 years at NDSU in various positions on the basketball coaching staff, guiding the Bison to four NCAA Tournament berths in the past decade. He and his wife, Stephanie, reside in West Fargo, N.D., with their four daughters, Mallorie, Brynlie, Kenlie and Ellie.

Register for Bismarck Banquet


Banquet Details:

When: Thursday, October 3, 2019
          5:30 p.m.- Social and Check-in
          6:30p.m.- Banquet and Program

Where: University of Mary, Founder's Hall
           7500 University Dr.
           Bismarck, ND 58504

Keynote: John Leyendecker


About our Keynote: John Leyendecker 

Director of Mission, Holy Family School of Faith Institute 

Having encountered Jesus in the Eucharist, John Leyendecker became Catholic in 1999 after a very prodigal life. Witnessing a family tragedy at 12 years old lead him to a life of vice and confusion. It is from this place of brokenness that John shares what Christ has done in his life. He studied classics and theology at Xavier University and has done graduate work at the Athenaeum of Ohio.  Working as a full-time youth minister for four years, seven years as a Team Director for FOCUS, and training people across the country in evangelization and discipleship has equipped John and made him even more passionate for the work of the New Evangelization. John joined the School of Faith team July 2014 and currently, he and his wife, Lisa, reside in Cincinnati area with their eight children.


Register for Twin Cities Banquet



Banquet Details:

When: Thursday, September 5, 2019
          5:30 p.m.- Social and Check-in
          6:30p.m.- Banquet and Program

Where: Rush Creek Golf Club
           7801 County Rd 101
           Maple Grove, MN 55311

Keynote: Jeff Cavins


About our Keynote: Jeff Cavins

Evangelist, Author, and Biblical Scholar

Jeff Cavins is a nationally known public speaker whose engaging style of teaching has helped hundreds of thousands of Catholics grasp a better understanding of the Catholic faith and the scriptures. Jeff has hosted the live TV program, “My Life on the Rock” on EWTN and daily radio program, “Morning Air” on Relevant Radio. He has written several books published through Ascension Press and Franciscan Media. Jeff has led pilgrimages to Bible lands for over thirty years.

Groundbreaking Press Release

June 24, 2019 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist

For Immediate Release

Work begins on new St. Paul's Newman Center at NDSU

Fargo - St. Paul's Newman Center, which serves North Dakota State University (NDSU), has broken ground on a new Newman Center, chapel and faith-based student housing facility. The $21.5 million project will replace the existing Newman Center, which has been serving Catholic students at NDSU since 1958. To date, the Newman Center has raised just over $18 million of the goal.

"It is with great thanksgiving to God that we look forward to the next chapter of service to the students of NDSU through the award winning campus ministry program of St. Paul's Newman Center, said Father James Cheney, Pastor of St. Paul's Newman Center. "Faith based practices during the critical formation period of the college experience will produce healthier relationships, better marriages, better coping skills, work habits centered on character formation, and a life perspective informed by hope."

Joining Father Cheney in the ground breaking ceremony were the Most Reverend John Folda, Bishop of Fargo, and NDSU President Dean Bresciani.

"Sharing the Catholic faith with young people is one of the most important missions of the Church in our time," said Bishop John Folda. "The new St. Paul Newman Center will help us continue this mission at NDSU for decades to come. We thank God for bringing us to this day, and we're especially grateful to all the donors who are helping to build this spiritual home for the NDSU community."

"NDSU welcomes this enhancement of the University community and the community surrounding our University," said President Bresciani.

The new Newman Center will consist of a two-story main chapel that will seat 450 people. The gathering and hospitality areas will feature a student commons area, a great hall/multi-purpose room, a kitchen, coffee house, Catholic bookstore and a 325-seat ballroom. The space will also include classrooms and a library, as well as staff office space.

One of the highlights of the new Newman Center will be student faith-based housing with 88 beds, a Cardinal Muench discernment hall for men to further discern the priesthood, and a rectory for priests.

"The Newman project will help build a broad based value in NDSU,” said Father Cheney. It will allow for a deeper engagement in university life, contribute to greater retention rates, and promote NDSU's long standing tradition of excellence. This project, combined with nationally recognized programming, presents a tremendous benefit to our community: changing hearts, changing lives, and forming future leaders - bisonCatholic."

The projected project completion date is July 2021.

Diocesan Decree Regarding Newman Center Facility

DECREE Relegating St. Paul’s Newman Center, Fargo, North Dakota to Profane But Not Sordid Use In Nomine Domini. Amen.

Whereas St. Paul’s Newman Center in Fargo, North Dakota is a church subject to the Bishop of Fargo;

Whereas sacred places lose their dedication or blessing if they have been turned over permanently to profane use by the decree of the competent ordinary (cf. c. 1212);

Whereas the competent superior can relegate a church to profane but not sordid use provided that he has heard the presbyteral council, received the consent of those who legitimately claim rights for themselves in the church, and provided that the good of souls suffers no detriment thereby (cf. c. 1222 §2);

Whereas grave causes suggest that this church no longer be used for divine worship, namely,

That the edifice is in ill-repair; That the edifice is not of sufficient size and quality; and, That the costs and inconveniences of a substantial remodel are prohibitive;

Whereas I have provided the presbyteral council sufficient information to judge the appropriateness and legitimacy of the relegation of this church to profane but not sordid use;

Whereas consultation regarding this matter occurred with the presbyteral council on May 16, 2019, according to the norms of canons 127 and 166;

Whereas I have heard the pastor and people of the parish territory through opportunities for public comment;

Whereas I have received the consent of those whose rights might be legitimately harmed, namely, the local pastor, Rev. James Cheney;

Whereas I have ensured that the altar, sacred objects, and religious artifacts will be safeguarded;

Whereas I have made appropriate provision to assure that good of souls will not suffer any detriment as a result of this relegation, namely, that a temporary chapel has been designated, and a new edifice will be built;

Therefore, the requirements of law having been fulfilled (cf. c. 1222 §2) I hereby relegate the Church of St. Paul’s Newman Center in Fargo, North Dakota, located at 1141 North University Drive, to profane but not sordid use. It thus loses its blessing, dedication and consecration. It may no longer be used for divine worship.

This decree is to be published by means of the St. Paul’s Newman Center parish bulletin. It may be challenged within the peremptory time limit of ten days from the legitimate notification of the decree and in accordance with the norm of law (cf. c. 1734).

†Most Rev. John T. Folda Bishop of Fargo

Given this 21st day of May, 2019 At the Pastoral Center of the Diocese of Fargo

Very Rev. Andrew Jasinski Chancellor

Original Document here: 2019 05-21 Decree text Newman Center profane state.pdf

Happy Easter!

We wish you all a happy and blessed Easter Season. He is Risen! Alleluia! 

Thursday Night Events!


Every Thursday night after Mass, join us for snacks, games and fellowship in the student lounge!

Where: St. Paul's Newman Center Student Lounge

When: Thursday Nights at 9:45 p.m.

See what's happening THIS Thursday - check out our CALENDAR


New Life Center Volunteering






Volunteer at the New Life Center helping to serve lunch to those in need! Meet at Newman for these events, which typically take place on Saturdays throughout the semester...see our CALENDAR for dates & times!

It's a fun and involved way to give back to the community! St. Paul's Newman Center has adopted the New Life Center as our community service apostolate. Contact Community Service chairperson Rachel Borgert (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with any questions or to sign up for a day.