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!
“Being a lector and a sacristan has been an incredible opportunity for me to grow in my love for the Mass. Becoming a liturgical minister is a great way to not only get involved at Newman, but to further one’s understanding of the beauty of the Mass as well. ” -Julia Waldman
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 college retreats as both participants and staff. 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. Applications are available at the start of each spring semester. Talk to our Peer Ministers or Fr. Ketterer about applying!
I remember nervously walking in to Newman the first time only to have the Peer Ministers readily welcome me. They made me feel at home in the community at Newman and encouraged me to grow in my faith. Their support and guidance have been an important part of my faith journey during college. Now I’m excited to be a Peer Minister and to model the acceptance and support the past Peer Ministers showed me. -Claire Lambert