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! 

Summer 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.

 

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! 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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