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! 

2017 - 2018 Student Campus Ministers 

My name is Lisa Caballero. This fall, I am excited to begin my third year in the Master of Divinity program at Regis College. I am also excited to have the opportunity to serve a fourth 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 first hand 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. I desire to grow in holiness and live out my call to mission. God bless!

 

My name is José Campos and I come from Victoria, British Columbia. I completed my undergraduate degree in biochemistry at the University of Victoria. I am now a third year PhD student in biological chemistry in the Nitz group at the University of Toronto. Being blessed to have been born and raised in a strong Catholic home, I strive to live out my faith with conviction and always put Christ at the centre of my life. I found out about Newman through Erin Kinsella who was my NET leader way back in 2008-2009 when I was in grade 12 at St. Andrew’s Regional Catholic School. Serving God while attending school? How could I not say ‘yes!’ God is good!

 

 

My name is Sarah Hanna. After graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Science, I am starting a Master of Teaching program with a focus in biology and chemistry. Although I have always believed in God’s presence in my life, I failed to recognize my need for Him growing up. Through God’s grace, I made the decision to follow Christ without reservation during the third year of my Bachelor’s degree. This year, I want to show gratitude for the gift of my Catholic faith by sharing it with others as a Student Campus Minister. In my spare time I enjoy reading, singing, and playing sports. I am excited for the opportunities to grow in love of God and neighbour and look forward to experiencing true fellowship in Christ at the Newman Centre. 

 

My name is Sasha Hellwig and I'm originally from Los Angeles, California. This fall, I will be starting my second year at University of Toronto studying Teaching, with a focus on Christianity and Culture and History. By the grace of God, I became Catholic two years ago and was received into full communion with the Church this past Easter. During my first year at U of T, I came to Newman for RCIA classes, daily Mass, Tuesday night Adoration and various social events. Newman served as a place where I could grow deeper in my faith and create lasting Christ-centered relationships.

In my free time I enjoy reading, knitting, playing soccer, and dancing (very badly)! I look forward to ministering to everyone in the Newman community and to be able to bring the joy of Christ to U of T over this next year!

 

My name is Alexis Motschall and I am studying English in my second year at the University of Toronto. I found the Newman Centre when I visited U of T in high school and feel so blessed to have encountered such a warm and faithful community.

I have experienced Christ’s kindness and joy through so many wonderful faces here and I will keep these experiences in my heart and mind as I serve as a Student Campus Minister. I am so excited to grow in my faith and encourage others in their spiritual journeys. God Bless! 

 

My name is Nikita Roy. I’m going to be entering my final year at the University of Toronto Scarborough with a major in Health Studies and a minor in Biology and Applied Statistics. At the same time, I will be pursuing a certification in Data Science at Harvard University.

I’m originally from India and was born and raised in Bahrain before coming to Toronto for my undergrad. I’ve been fortunate to have a community that helped me grow in my faith when I came to Toronto and I am excited to become a Student Campus Minister where I hope to be able to help others in their own faith journeys. I look forward to get to know all of you during my time here at Newman. 

 

My name is Krishna Joseph Vaz Santhakumar and this coming school year will be my second year in studying Philosophy. I was born and raised in Canada, primarily in the suburbs of Toronto. It was only recently, the past Easter of 2017, that I became a Catholic (thanks be to God!). I stumbled upon Newman during my first year out of curiosity and with more inquiry into the religion I found it absolutely compelling. With all the time and effort the Newman staff and students have invested in me, I feel obliged to give back and help serve!

Things I enjoy include movies, reading, spending time with friends and family, and evangelizing (it becomes fun the more you do it). I am really looking forward to being part of the Newman community! 

 

My name is Arnel Vicente, but you may all call me AJ (Apple Juice if you forget). I'm a returning SCM. I am 25 years old and will be doing my Master of Divinity at Regis College. In my free time I really enjoy volleyball, board games and bubble tea. I look forward to coming back and ministering to everyone in the Newman community this upcoming year! 

 

 

 

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