Of the over 13,000 students at Minnesota State University, Mankato, about 25% of them are Roman Catholic. This means that the ministries of St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center, the Catholic campus ministry at Minnesota State University, Mankato, support the spiritual development of approximately 5,000 college students during a critical transitional time of their lives. The St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center is contributing to the formation of future leaders for the Catholic Church. At the Catholic Newman Center, university students receive a solid spiritual foundation to enable them to make better decisions that will affect themselves and society for decades to come. We seek to bring Christ to the university community through sound theological education both within the Catholic Newman Center and on the university campus. We also sponsor programs of outreach to the surrounding communities and instill in our students a devotion to active stewardship of their God-given gifts and talents.
The St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center at Minnesota State University - Mankato is touching the future of the Catholic Church in our state, in our country, and in our world through its ministries. We are a place of transition for students. We seek to provide a spiritual haven in the midst of the secular university setting, so that they may be guided by their faith through their career and lifestyle decisions. Our Catholic Newman Center is full of students eager to learn the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Sacred Tradition of the Catholic Church. After all, these students are in an environment of learning, at an age of learning in their lives, and we have a unique opportunity to guide them through continuing religious education.
We continue to seek new ways to bring more students to Christ and His Church and to bring the Christ to them in their dormitories, in their classes, and in their hearts. New programs to aid in the transition of our graduates from St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center to their permanent parishes around the world have been initiated. It is our hope that our students will take the spiritual gifts they have received through our ministries and share those gifts with others wherever their careers and vocations lead them. The impact they can have is tremendous!