ABOUT US

Campus Minister    Kelsey Gunkel  gunkel@diocesekcsj.org ucmcatholic@gmail.com   Kelsey grew up in the small town of Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Inspired to pursue a deeper relationship with the Lord after encountering Him in a small 24/7 Adoration chapel and graduating St. Patrick Catholic High School in 2010, she attended the annual Steubenville South Conference leading her to Franciscan University of Steubenville.    She is excited to bring the love of Christ to the students at UCM and help them discover their identities as sons and daughters of God!

Campus Minister

Kelsey Gunkel
gunkel@diocesekcsj.org
ucmcatholic@gmail.com

Kelsey grew up in the small town of Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Inspired to pursue a deeper relationship with the Lord after encountering Him in a small 24/7 Adoration chapel and graduating St. Patrick Catholic High School in 2010, she attended the annual Steubenville South Conference leading her to Franciscan University of Steubenville.

She is excited to bring the love of Christ to the students at UCM and help them discover their identities as sons and daughters of God!

Chaplain  Fr. Andrew Mattingly mattingly@diocesekcsj.org

Chaplain

Fr. Andrew Mattingly
mattingly@diocesekcsj.org

 

OUR STORY

Founded in the 1950s, the University of Central Missouri has undergone transformation, growth, and is now in a state of expansion! We strive to bring the Gospel message to college students by conveying our faith in a personal way so that they may come to encounter Christ and actively live the Sacraments of His Church for mission. The Newman Center is dedicated to Saint Mary Mackillop and Blessed Miguel Pro.

St. Mary Mackillop’s quote to “never see a need without doing something about it” is the heart of the Newman Center where students see the need not only in their own lives but in others, the community, and the greater communities throughout the world. Seeing these needs, they are provided opportunities to grow deeper in virtue and have a radical interior life like Blessed San Miguel Pro declaring “long live Christ the King!” into a world that appears to remain silent. The opportunities they are given are authentic communal events such as barbeques, watch parties, movie nights, coffeehouses, retreats, conferences, service projects, mission trips, bible studies, and so much more!

Having acquired our current building in 1969, it is in need of much repair and remodeling in our time of growth. Though our long term goals are to build a 400-500 seat Chapel to provide a place of worship for the 3,000 Catholic students on campus. It is the immediate goal to raise $60,000 for remodeling the space we have. This remodeling will reconfigure our upstairs space to function as a temporary chapel to seat students for our Sunday and weekday Masses and our downstairs space to function as an all-purpose gathering area. Once we are able to acquire the surrounding properties, we will expand by building a permanent chapel and larger spaces to accommodate the increased number of students that we expect, with God’s help, to be actively involved in the Newman Center in future years.

You can have a role in this mission spiritually, financially, or both! By partnering with us in intercessory prayer - whether that is adding a Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, or Mass intention, or simply keeping us in your existing prayers - you become our mission partner. We also ask that you prayerfully consider partnering with us financially. This vision is only possible if we are able to have the generous hearts of fellow missionaries behind us. If you would like to financially support us please click on the button below:

 

PATRON SAINTS

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Never see a need without doing something about it.
— St. Mary Mackillop

OUR PILLARS

All of our vision can be encompassed within these four pillars of Relationship, Formation, Leadership and Mission.

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RELATIONSHIP

Christ-centered and strive for holiness

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FORMATION

Equipped for mission through bible studies, conferences and retreats

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LEADERSHIP

Forming a deeper interior life and growth in virtue

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MISSION

Sharing what we receive to the rest of the world and being sent