We are St. Thomas More Newman Center. Our mission is to be the Roman Catholic campus ministry for The Ohio State University where all can develop and live their Catholic faith.
We build a transformative faith community that shapes current and future leaders for the Church and society by introducing, deepening and living the faith.
We are a ministry of the Paulist Fathers, and our community is made up of OSU students, faculty and staff as well as a vibrant resident community who choose to worship here and partner in our mission.
WHY IS CATHOLIC CAMPUS MINISTRY IMPORTANT NOW?
If a person chooses to leave the faith, he or she almost always does so at college age. Nearly 80% of those who no longer identify as Catholic leave the church by age 23. And Catholics as a percentage of the U.S. population are down. The future of the Catholic Church is at stake.
Our communities - local, national and global - are yearning for peace, love, and hope for the future. We need Catholic leaders who will guide the church and world in the years to come.
By welcoming ALL who wish to know and share Christ's abundant love, we are developing the heart, minds and spirits of Catholic leaders who will serve the church and world at large, now and for years to come.
Your support is imperative to this calling. Now is the time to make an investment in the future of the Catholic faith!
WHY INVEST IN ST. THOMAS MORE NEWMAN CENTER?
The Newman Center is uniquely poised to address a decline in those identifying as Catholic. Students involved and impacted by campus ministry are more likely to actively participate in their faith after graduation.
The Newman Center is growing, innovating and taking a leadership role with programming such as,
- Peer Ministry program - students gaining experience in pastoral ministry and discerning vocation as temporary part-time stipend employees of the Newman Center
- Buckeye Awakening Retreats - we've hosted 20 retreats in this style impacting over 1,300 students
- ESTEEM leadership program - pairs students with resident community mentors in a similar field of interest
- Community social events - we host large community-wide events where students and resident community members engage and build relationships
- Bible Studies - we offer small faith sharing groups for students and resident community members. Last year, 28 student Bible study groups met all around campus impacting the lives of over 220 OSU students.
Please invest in the future of the Catholic Church. Invest in the Newman Center!