Mission and Vision


Our Mission- To Light the Fire of Faith on Campus

The St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center is dedicated to the Catholic spiritual, intellectual, apostolic, and communal formation of the University of North Dakota students, faculty, and staff for their own salvation and for the building up of the Kingdom of God on earth.

Spiritual Formation

The spiritual life, dedication to prayer, cultivating interior silence and peace, celebrating the liturgy, is the first and most important aspect of its mission. We exist to spread the Gospel Message and to draw people into the Heart of Christ. Every we do, everything we are, and everything we have should stream forth from our spiritual lives in which we learn from God to receive and share his love and mercy.

Intellectual Formation

The Intellectual formation of the Newman Center is a key to growth in knowledge of the Lord and in the Catholic Faith. It is through this formation that students learn the beauty of the Catholic Church and, in turn, are able to share it with others. The Intellectual formation opportunities at the Newman Center revolves around FOCUS Bible Studies and RCIA classes for those seeking to learn more about the Catholic faith and/or enter full communion with the Catholic Church. However, we also provide opportunities for growth through other programs, such as Knights of Columbus and Catholic Man Night.

Apostolic Formation

The Apostolic life of the Newman Center is grounded the service to others in need and the corporal works of mercy and spiritual works of mercy.  FOCUS Mission Trips over spring and summer breaks and day trips during the school year are all expressions of our apostolic life at the Newman Center.

Communal Formation

Every parish is a community called forth by God to unite with one another in worship, prayer, and fellowship. As a university parish, there is an even greater need to provide a place for true Christian friendship. The Communal aspects we focus on are Peer Minister events, communal living and Fireside Chats on Thursday nights.