by Tracy Kinealy
Local Charitable Organizations
Love for Jesus means love for others as well—which is why we encourage students to serve the off-campus community in whatever way they can. Accordingly, we connect students to local charitable organizations where they can volunteer. Talk to our Service Coordinator about your interests and availability, and they can get you matched up with a ministry!
The Newman community also serves others together through annual food drives and fundraising, as well as periodic group service events. For more information, check the bulletin and calendar.
Interested in serving your brothers and sisters in Christ beyond the Tulsa community? You can spend your spring break or summer ministering, evangelizing, and encountering Jesus! The Newman Center connects students to mission trips throughout the world.
One of the most rewarding and humbling experiences in my life was going on a FOCUS mission trip to St. Lucia. It’s a beautiful once in a lifetime experience that I encourage everyone to do. FOCUS makes it easy to fundraise and I promise you God will work through you if you go on a mission! -Christina Saveth
As the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life, so the Mass is the spirit and life of all that we do at the Newman Center. The Mass requires an active community, both in worship and service. Our students regularly serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Lectors, Ushers, Servers, and Sacristans. Contact our chaplain or Head Sacristan if you are interested in any of these roles!
“I love playing piano and singing in the choir here at Newman. It’s just one of the many ways students can get involved in the liturgy along with being altar servers, ushers, lectors, sacristans, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.” -Jacob Schwartz
Each year, the Newman Center leads a Confirmation Retreat for high school students in the Diocese of Tulsa who are preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation. Newman students are needed to give talks, lead small group discussions, and provide a welcoming atmosphere for the participants.
Additionally, many TU students are involved with TEC retreats as both participants and staff. Similarly, we encourage students to attend the annual Oklahoma Catholic College Student Conference (OCCSC). Opportunities to attend various other retreats are publicized at the Newman Center.
“Service has always been an important part of the Newman Center. Within Tulsa, we’ve been able to reach out to local organizations, such as Catholic Charities and Clear Creek Abbey. Through mission trips led by our wonderful FOCUS team, we have had the opportunity to spread our faith and aid those in need throughout the world. Personally, helping my friends prepare free meals for students and parishioners after Sunday Mass is one of my favorite experiences. Since the Newman Center has given me so much – in renewed faith, fellowship, support, etc. – I’m happy to give back.” -Elisabeth Loe
As our student leadership team, Peer Ministers serve the Newman community by welcoming students, organizing faith formation and social events, and getting students involved with Newman activities. Positions on Peer Ministry are held for a minimum of one academic year. Talk to our Peer Ministers about applying!
Peer Ministry has become a very important part of my life. The Peer Ministers welcomed me to Newman and befriended me at a time when my faith was weak. They helped me grow in my faith and have been by my side through my faith journey. I can not express how thankful I am for Peer Ministry. Now, as a Peer Minister, I am very excited to be able to give back and be there for anyone in the same way the previous Peer Ministers were there for me. -Kaitlin Houlton