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.
2014/2015 Student Campus Ministers:
Yunkun (Cedric) Tu
Dear friends, my name is Yunkun Tu. I feel so blessed to live and work with such a lovely family. I am serving at the Newman Centre as a Student Campus Minister this semester and I am very thrilled to be part of the Catholic Chaplaincy on campus. You are welcome to talk to me anytime, and I will be happy to help you. I speak Mandarin and my English continues to strengthen day-by-day. This is my second year at the University of Toronto as a life science student. I plan to double major in immunology and psychology, and become a nurse. I wish to combine my work in the hospitals with faith, by bringing peace to patients who are suffering from illness. I am a recent convert to Catholicism and was baptized on August 15, 2011. Before and after my baptism, I feel so much love and trust in Christ even though hardships occur in my daily life. My favourite bible quote is “Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy”. I personally believe that Christianity can be summarized into a book; the ‘bible', and the Holy Bible is concentrated into one word, which is love. Love is then represented by mercy. I cannot wait to meet all of you at the Newman Centre! Te Deum laudamus!
Alejandra Gonzalez Guel
Hello everyone! My name is Alejandra Gonzalez Guel. I am an international student from Mexico and I just arrived to Toronto this September. I am truly blessed to be part of the Newman Centre as a Student Campus Minister this year. I love to cook Mexican food, dancing to latin music, hula hooping, photography and graphic design and I'd love to learn a third language. After completing my Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Design in Mexico, I decided to attend a business continuing education course at U of T and I'm so excited for it! I expect my studies help me create better opportunities for those most in need back in Mexico. In the meantime, I am so happy to serve here at Newman and I look forward to meet you all! :) God bless you!
Rae Horsman joins the SCM team this year very much looking forward to the wonderful things God will do. Rae is from Battleford, Saskatchewan. In May, she completed her Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Sociology with a Subsidiary in Religious Studies at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, and is currently beginning a two year study period in the Master of Arts in Theology program at the University of St. Michael's College. Rae feels called to a vocation in Canon Law and continues to discern that vocation. She comes to Toronto with a passionate heart for serving others and an eagerness to learn. she is excited to get to know everyone and thanks you for welcoming her into your parish community.
Hi, my name is Kaylee! I'm from the small but growing town of Orangeville to enter into my first year of social work at Ryerson. I enjoy long walks, singing songs loudly, and chocolate makes me very happy. I'm excited to get involved with all of the awesome activities Newman Centre has to offer and I hope that I get the opportunity to meet all of you soon!
Hello there! My name is Nicole D’Mello and I am super excited to be living and serving at the Newman Centre this year. I am a fourth year Civil Engineering student at the University of Toronto. After recently completing a 15-month work term, I am excited (and a little nervous!) for this upcoming school year. I come from a not-so-small, practicing Catholic family of six. After we moved to Canada in 2006, I was blessed to join a vibrant charismatic prayer group, attend many retreats, and meet tons of like-minded people. Fast forward to 2014, and I’m now a Student Campus Minister at the Newman Community! I am so amazed at what God has done in my life. This year, my goal is to grow in holiness, strengthen my faith in mission, and open myself to whatever God has in store for me. I hope to see you around Newman! God bless!
Hello! My name is Lisa Caballero. I’m a biology and chemistry student at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). When I first entered UTM, I decided to put Christ at the centre of my life. Since then, I was part of the UTM Catholic Students Club's executive team for three years and served in the Archdiocese of Toronto’s Totus Tuus program for three summers. Through these experiences, I grew in faith and leadership. I learned to trust God and to give Him my “yes” whenever He calls. Recently, I was on the IMPACT Victoria summer mission with CCO. On this mission I was made aware of my missionary identity as a Catholic. Moreover, I was equipped with the tools necessary to be a missionary for life. Over the summer I experienced the tremendous joy that comes when the faith is intentionally shared. I’m very excited to serve as a Student Campus Minister at the Newman Centre. This year I look forward to building relationships with the people I meet on campus and leading them into deeper relationship with Jesus. I hope that as I share the joy of the Gospel, I may grow as a missionary and in holiness and service. God bless!
Conchita Mary D'Souza
My name is Conchita Mary D’Souza and I am in the Concurrent Teachers Education Program at UofT, majoring in Christianity and Culture, and Geography. My involvement with the ministry at Newman in the previous academic year has encouraged me to dedicate my time and service for the evangelization of people on campus of the University of Toronto as a Student Campus Minister. I enjoy assisting in the youth ministry in Mississauga, teaching
confirmation class, and now I am thrilled to be serving the community of St. Thomas Aquinas! I can’t wait to meet all the brothers and sisters in Christ that God is placing in my life, so please don’t hesitate to say hello! I know that God’s fingerprint is upon each of us (his beautiful creations) and that is expressed through the smiles of each other. “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God” (1 John 4:7). Hope to see your radiating reflections of God’s love throughout the year! God bless my friends!!! :)
Hi!! My name is Leo. I’m a 3rd year Computer Science student at U of T. In my first year I lived at 157 St. George . In my 2nd and 3rd year I lived in Ernescliff (156 St. George) and now I’ve made my way to Newman (89 St. George). Perhaps by 2017 I’ll make it all the way down to College Street. I love to cycle in the Don Valley and between Toronto to Hamilton. I also like to jog, swim, and hike. I’ll be around for the pray and play sessions on Tuesday’s 7:30pm to 10:00pm. Please feel free to come, we often have cake and banana bread.
Hello everyone, I am a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Toronto. Last year I completed three years of philosophy at St. Philip’s seminary and Serra House downtown, and I have been blessed with the opportunity to spend a year at the Newman Centre as a Student Campus Minister. I am the fourth of eight children, having four brothers and three sisters. In my free time I enjoy reading, walking, cycling, and fixing things. I look forward to meeting all of you this year.