Student Campus Ministers at the Newman Centre

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. 
 
Click here to read a recent article published in the Catholic Register about this great program! 

2016-2017 Student Campus Ministers

Hi everyone, my name is Danielle Alvares and I have recently completed my Bachelor of Science with a specialization in Cell and Molecular biology at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. This year I will be starting a Master of Science Program. I am excited for new experiences at St. George Campus, one of them being a Student Campus Minister at the Newman Centre. During my undergrad I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by amazing role models who helped me to grow in my faith both at my home parish, Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as well as at the UTSC Chaplaincy. I hope to be able to help others in their own faith journeys in the coming year.

One of the verses that helped me through my undergrad was Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." As a SCM, I'm excited to have the opportunity to demonstrate Christ's love in service to this community, and grow in holiness as I begin a new stage in my life.

 

 I’m Ania Bucholc and I am currently doing my Masters of Engineering in Industrial and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto. I was born and raised in Montreal in a Polish family. In my spare time, I really love watching movies, dancing and traveling. I enjoy mostly comedies and Sci-Fi (such as superhero movies and alternative reality movies). I started traditional Polish dancing when I was little, and I still enjoy dancing today.  I also like to travel, and I would love one day to see the Holy Land, as well as return to Europe where my family and I are from.

I started getting involved in the Newman Center just a few months ago at the start of my master’s. I really enjoyed the awesome activities such as Night Fever, Pray and Play and Mercy Bible study... and kept coming back. The Newman Center became for me a refuge, a place to find some peace.  I am grateful to take on the role of SCM this year, especially because the Newman Centre has already helped me to connect with the young Catholic community here in Toronto. The Newman Centre provided me with opportunities to deepen my own faith and meet new people.  As an SCM, I hope to provide a real sense of belonging and community to others, and I hope that others may also grow in faith here. Z Bogiem! (With God!)

 

Hello! My name is Lisa Caballero. This fall, I am excited to begin my second year in the Master of Divinity program at Regis College. I am also excited to have the opportunity to serve a third 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 firsthand 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! This is my second year as a student campus minister at the Newman Centre. I am the eldest of five children and my hometown is Mississauga (Streetsville specifically!) After high school, I joined the seminary and discerned the priesthood for five years until I came to the realization that the Lord was calling me to leave. I am now studying to be an elementary school teacher. I recently completed my Masters of Theological Studies at the University of Toronto and am now going into a two-year consecutive education program at York University.

This past year, I had a really awesome experience at Newman growing closer to Jesus and going deeper in my faith through prayer, community, and ministry. It’s a great joy and privilege to return as an SCM! I am excited to give myself for another service to this great place!

 

 Hello everyone, my name is Kaylee Moynihan and I'm excited to say that I'll be returning to Newman for my third year, as well as entering my third year of social work. I've been so blessed to come to know Christ through the people I've encountered while living at Newman and I'm excited to participate in whatever it is He's calling me to do this year in his ministry. This summer I've been working at a camp for people with intellectual disabilities and it has taught me a lot about love and how to love others like Christ does which is something He is constantly teaching me how to do.

This is a reminder of the reason why I originally decided to begin studying social work, and that is because at a young age I felt that Christ was calling me to love people, no matter what crosses they carried, and I feel social work offers a great opportunity to do that. My time Newman has had a huge impact on my faith journey and as Saint JP2 says, "A life with Christ is a wonderful adventure", which makes me excited to return. I ask for all of your prayers as I embark on the adventure that will be this year!

 

My name is Theresa Shortell and I am entering my third year of undergraduate studies in Humanities at U of T, specializing in Mediaeval Studies and Philosophy. I am very much looking forward to being a Student Campus Minister this autumn! Why? Well for a long time, ‘God' was not something fully real or tangible to me, let alone someone I could know (despite my upbringing in the Catholic tradition) but was rather an abstract philosophical concept; something I thought was far beyond what my mind could ever hope to know or begin to understand. The concept of the Eucharist baffled me (it still does, actually - I am in awe at this sacrament!) and for reasons of doubt, I stopped receiving, and then stopped attending mass altogether. As a result of this feeling of and doubt, thinking the Eucharist was at best, symbolic of a biblical story, I shied away from Christianity and theism altogether and was quite at odds with myself as I avoided the bothersome idea that the notion of a God was something I should look into more deeply.

My life was very much altered, in the best way possible, when I came to the realization that God not only loves me, but that He desires to know me individually. This is what I value most about my faith. When every other avenue I pursued in my life, including my studies, my travels, my creative pursuits, even my relationships, left me still seeking something, I found real truth when I concluded that nothing but God’s love for me could ever satisfy the deepest questions and desires of my heart. I look forward to this year, and I cannot wait to meet you! Brightest Blessings :)

 

 Hello! My name is Christian Silva. After graduating from Industrial Engineering and working for almost three years in Ecuador, I’m starting a Masters program with research focus in Healthcare Optimization at UofT.

I am really thankful with God because He has always been present in my life: I grew up in a Catholic family, I attended a Catholic school, and I have been part of various mission experiences as member of a Catholic movement in Ecuador. I deeply believe in God’s Divine Providence and that He is always taking care of us. Now I am really happy to be an SCM at Newman and use the gifts the Lord has given me to serve others.

I enjoy movies, board games, cooking, traveling and running sometimes. I’m always in for any of those plans! I hope the Lord will guide me to grow in my relationship with Him through been a good SCM. Looking forward to meet you all!

 

Hi everyone! My name is Judy Tsao, and I’m entering the fourth year of my PhD studies in inorganic chemistry at the University of Toronto. I was born and raised in Taiwan and immigrated to Canada when I was thirteen years old. Through God’s grace, I became Catholic four years ago during the final year of my Bachelor’s degree. I started coming to the Newman Centre because of the daily Mass and Tuesday night Adoration. The friendship and support that I have found here are so much more than I had initially expected. This year, I’m excited to become a student campus minister to give back to the community that has become a very important part of my life.

When I’m not making weird compounds in the lab, I enjoy reading, traveling and rock climbing. I’m very grateful for this unique opportunity to live in community and to grow deeper in my faith together with everyone at the Newman Centre. 

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