All Catholic students entering or continuing post-secondary education are invited to consider becoming part of the Student Campus Ministry team at the Newman Centre. You will live in community with other students, witness to your faith through Catholic chaplaincy outreach, participate in the liturgical life at Newman, and be provided with a platform to grow in holiness and develop solid Catholic leadership skills. Your partially subsidized residence fees include a private room and shared or private bath, food and utilities.
Interested in learning more about becoming part of our team? Check out our information brochure or Email Erin (firstname.lastname@example.org) today!
Student Campus Ministers are an integral component of the Newman Centre's Campus Ministry Initiative. Under the supervision of the Executive Director, Student Campus Ministers are first and foremost part of the Newman Centre Residential Community. This Community is rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, striving to hear and live the Word of God in the Tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. Thus, Student Campus Ministers are bearers of and witnesses to Christ. Our deepest unity and meaning is found in the celebration of the Eucharist, a celebration that does not end with the Mass, but is instead the focal point that invigorates all our activities.
Each member of the Campus Ministry Team plays an important role in the overall campus outreach of the Newman Centre, bringing his or her own unique personality, talents and skills to the community-at-large. This experience also provides the opportunity for a significant deepening and sharing of personal faith (peer ministry), helping others to grow in the process.
In particular, Student Campus Ministers are called to:
Live in Community- The experience of living closely with others often requires setting aside personal preferences, being willing to enter into intentional relationships with everyone in the community regardless of personality preferences, and a sincere willingness to love others in a sacrificial way. A spirit of generosity and willingness to engage in effective conflict resolution are also necessary for healthy community living.
Serve Others- The main focus of life at Newman is found in relationship with Christ and others, and in communication of the Gospel to the wider university campus. Student Campus Ministers are called to be so full of God’s love that it overflows from them in service of the parish and university community. This requires a spirit of availability, flexibility and willingness to help.
Grow in Holiness- The main vocation of all Christians is to holiness, which requires a commitment to prayer and the Sacraments. Spiritual growth is also facilitated by growing in self-knowledge and a willingness to both receive formation and to share what is learned with others.
to read a recent article published in the Catholic Register about this great program!
2015-2016 Student Campus Ministers:
Hello! My name is Lisa Caballero. Recently, I completed my undergraduate degree with a double major in Biology and Chemistry. This fall, I am excited to begin the Master of Divinity program at Regis College. I am also excited to have the opportunity to serve a second year as a Student Campus Minister here at the Newman Centre. From the different ministry and mission experiences that I was blessed to be a part of, I have experienced first hand the joy that comes when the faith is intentionally shared with others. I was also able to witness the great things that God can do in my own life and in the lives of those that He called me to serve. To be an SCM is another opportunity for me to give my complete "YES!" to God to what I feel He has called me to for the year. In this year, I hope to deepen my prayer life and to grow in my personal relationship with Jesus so
that I can bring others closer to Him also. I desire to grow in holiness and live out my call to mission. God bless!
"Hello everyone! My name is Garrett Graham! Though I grew up in a pretty religious family, I only began to really take my Catholic faith seriously in Grade 12. It was at this point that I began to discern if the Lord was calling me to serve Him as a priest. When I finished high school, I entered the seminary for five years, where I learned so much about my faith and really grew a lot in my relationship with the Lord. I spent three years at Serra House in downtown Toronto and two years at St. Augustine’s Seminary in Scarborough. Ultimately, this past April, after a lot of prayer and reflection, I discerned that the Lord was calling me to leave the seminary. This year, I’m finishing my Masters in Theological Studies at the University of Toronto through St. Augustine’s.
My home parish is St. Joseph’s in Mississauga. I really enjoy reading, movies and my favourite sport is soccer. My favourite Scripture passage is from Matthew 11:28: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” I’m very much looking forward to spending this year in service at the Newman Centre as a Student Campus Minister and am excited to grow ever closer to Jesus by spreading His Good News here on campus!"
Hello! My name is Jennifer, and I am studying to be an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Montessori directress at the Primary level under the Foundation for Montessori Education located at Jane/Bloor. I completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at York University, and am blessed to have fellow brothers and sisters who were strong examples for me at the Catholic Chaplaincy at York to help build me up in my faith. After graduation, I worked for Fountain of Love and Life, a Chinese-Catholic multi-media evangelization ministry based in Richmond Hill.
However, it was during my time there that I discerned that Jesus was not calling me to serve Him in adults but in children. “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me.” (Matthew 18:5) I enjoy listening and singing to music by Audrey Assad, Matt Maher, and Danielle Rose. I also look forward to checking out the dance scene around the UofT area to keep practicing what I studied in my undergrad. I feel very blessed and excited to live and minister with the SCM team this year, and I look forward to meeting everyone here in the community!
Hi! My name is Joe, and I’m a first year graduate student, pursuing a Masters of Architecture at U of T. Though this is my first year living at Newman, I have spent the past four years at the university completing a bachelor degree in Architectural Studies. I enjoy hiking, swimming, travelling, and craft beer. I also enjoy acting, and was involved in a number of campus theater productions throughout my undergrad, both in a performance and production role. This is a year of firsts for me, so I am very excited for what lies ahead and can’t wait to share it with you all!
My name is Anne Mienkowski and I am super excited to finally live at Newman as an SCM. I am the oldest of 6 children and I am from Toronto. I am entering my 3rd year at U of T, studying kinesiology. I love all sports, especially soccer, volleyball and softball. I am also doing a placement with the women’s hockey team this year as an assistant athletic therapist. I also love goofing off, reading, baking, acting, camping, and exploring nature.
I am looking forward to meet, serve and hangout with the various people I will encounter. I am grateful to have been given this opportunity and I hope to be able to grow as a person in my relationship with Christ. I chose to be an SCM this year because I felt called to reach outside of myself and love others the way Christ has loved us. I thought this was a very practical way for me to be a disciple of Christ by putting Him first. Please come to say hi! I love meeting new people.
Hi everyone, my name is Kaylee Moynihan. I was blessed to have the opportunity to be a Student Campus Minister last year, and I’m incredibly grateful to be welcomed back for another year! I come from Orangeville, Ontario to start my second year at Ryerson, to study social work. Last year was an amazing experience, I enjoyed my studies and had a great time serving as an SCM, but when I’m not spending my time serving at Newman I will most likely be listening to Taylor Swift, eating some form of chocolate, or trying to convince others to play my favourite board game, Avalon, with me.
I really enjoy talking about my favourite saints, Saint Christina the Astonishing, St. Dorothy and St. Philip Neri so please feel free to tell me about your favourite saints because I would love to know! There are so many things to look forward to this year and I am excited to see what God has in store for each of us, please keep me in your prayers and I promise to keep you all in mine. I felt so welcomed into the community last year and I’m excited to be back to strengthen old relationships and create new ones.
My name is Sarah Neitz. I'm from Pennsylvania in the United States, and I am going to the University of Toronto for a Master's in political science. I went to the University of Scranton (yes, Scranton like The Office), a Catholic and Jesuit college, where I majored in international studies, Spanish, and philosophy. For two years after college, I served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) in New Mexico and Detroit. The Jesuit Volunteer values of community, simple living, social justice, and spirituality continue to direct my adventures!
After JVC, I lived on a goat farm in Detroit, visited friends across the United States, and walked part of the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain. I love theater, writing, telling stories, and singing. I also enjoy making things by hand, which leads to experiments with cooking, knitting, gardening, and jam making. I believe that faith is an adventure in changing the world, and I'm excited to share that adventure with you!
Hello everyone! My name is Chanelle Robinson! I just completed my undergraduate degree in the Catholic Studies for Teachers with a major in English. I am returning to my hometown of Toronto, Ontario to pursue a Master of Teaching at OISE. I am very passionate about campus ministry and serving others and I can’t wait to live out the Gospel at the Newman Centre, this year. I enjoy talking about theology, traveling, dramatic arts, and vegetarian cuisine.
One of my favourite Bible verses is found in Psalm 27: 1 and 8 – “ The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? "Come”, my heart says, “seek his face!” Your face, Lord, do I seek.” I am so excited to see what God has in store for this coming year at Newman and I feel very blessed to belong to this community. If you ever stop by the house, be sure to say “hello” before you go! And know that I am praying for you!
Hi, my name is Arnel Vicente but you may call me AJ or Apple Juice. I’m a middle child of a family of five. I will be going into my 4th year of psychology at York University. My hobbies include dancing and board games. I enjoy RnB, Hip Hop, Praise & Worship music. I’m part of a community called Couples For Christ & am currently serving in their youth ministry as the Campus based Program Head. I’m blessed to have been a part of the Catholic Chaplaincy at York for the past couple years. I’ve been extremely blessed this summer to have been part of the Totus Tuus program.
This is my first time living away from home & my family for an extended period of time. I’m super excited to serve & be part of the Newman Centre as a SCM this year. You can come talk to me any time! My favourite Bible Passages are Hebews 11:1, Psalm 91 & Galatians 2:20 & Romans 5:20. I have a particular devotion to the Holy Family , Guardian Angel, Our Lady Undoer of Knots and St. Joseph. Hope to see you around.
God Bless & AMDG