Student Ministry Team
The mission of the Catholic Student Association:
is to uphold the values of the USCCB’s pastoral letter Empowered By the Spirit within the Columbia collegiate community by providing programming that promotes growth in the spiritual, emotional and academic lives of students through an intentional Catholic faith community that is rooted in the love of God and neighbor.
Catholic Student Association Ministry Team Executive Board
The CSA Ministry Team is the principal undergraduate leadership team at the Newman Center that oversees most student programming. The Executive Board, comprised of seven student members, meet weekly to facilitate the overall vision of programs. The Catholic Student Association Constitution governs the Executive Board and all programs that fall under CSA jurisdiction. The members of the 2012-2013 board are:
- Andrew Dean, President
- Elise Earley, Executive Officer
- Dan Holland, Spirituality Director
- Eugenia Nathan, Retreats Director
- Tim Ross, Social Justice Director
- Sara Maslar-Donar, Campus Evangelization Director
- Ian Ford, Internal Evangelization Director
Student Leadership at Newman
Student Leadership in at the St. Thomas More Newman Center and Campus Ministry comes in many different forms. In parish programs, we have leaders in music ministry, liturgical ministry, catechists in children’s religious education, and core members in the junior high and high school ministries. The Catholic Student Association leads much of the student programming in campus ministry through the leadership of the Ministry Team Executive Board.
All student leaders at the Newman Center are considered part of student leadership in Campus Ministry. The Program Coordinators as a part of the CSA Ministry Team develop all student programs at Newman. Below are some of the larger component programs with student leadership:
Newman Volunteer Corps Board
The NVC Board is comprised of both student and resident parishioners who coordinate all programming for the Newman Volunteer Corps, which includes service, prayer, reflection, and education on justice issues. For more information, contact the NVC Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small Group Leaders
Catholic Life Communities (CLCs) are weekly small groups where college students can meet and discuss their life through the scope of their Catholic faith. The small group leaders plan and coordinate each weekly meeting.
Awakenings Retreat Team
Awakenings is the fall student-led retreat at the Newman Center. A staff of approximately 30 students, led by the Awakenings Rector, plan and coordinate all aspects of the retreat. To learn more about Awakenings, contact the Rector, Kayla Essner, at email@example.com.