Mission Statement

St. Paul Catholic Newman Center is a Catholic parish committed to serving the spiritual needs of college/university students, faculty, and all other people who freely choose to be part of our parish family. Gathered together by the Spirit and seeking God’s will in our lives, we dedicate ourselves to bringing the transformative power of Christ into the world we know through worship, education, service and support.

  • Worship/Liturgy — celebrating the love of God and the dignity of human life, especially through the Sacraments
  • Education/Faith Formation — continuing the process of life-long learning in our Catholic-Christian faith tradition, while remaining open to the sharing and examination of ideas in an atmosphere of Christian freedom
  • Service — expressing our faith and love through support and care of others, both within and outside our own community
  • Community Life — offering fellowship and companionship on the faith journey
  • Campus Ministry — providing spiritual and social outreach to the students and faculty of all university and college campuses in the area

Mission Prayer
Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman 

Lord, you have created me to do you some definite service;
You have committed some work to me
which you have not committed to another.

I have my mission; I never may know it in this life,
but I shall be told it in the next.
Somehow I am necessary for your purposes,
as necessary in my place as an Archangel in his.
If, indeed, I fail, you can raise another,
as you could make the stones children of Abraham.
Yet I have a part in this great work.
I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.
You have not created me for naught.
I shall do good; I shall do your work.
I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place,
while not intending it,
if I do but your commandments and serve you in my calling.

Therefore, I will trust you.
Whatever, wherever I am,
I can never be thrown away.
If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve you;
in perplexity, my perplexity may serve you;
If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve you.
My sickness, or perplexity, or sorrow may be necessary causes of some great end,
which is quite beyond me.
You do nothing in vain;
you may prolong my life,
you may shorten it;
you know what you are about.

You may take away my friends,
you may throw me among strangers,
you may make me feel desolate,
make my spirits sink;
hide the future from me-
Still you know what you are about.