Our Mission


Our mission is to bring young men and women to Jesus Christ, through full participation in the life of the Church, challenging them to be faithful disciples, equipping them for their vocation and Christian mission in the world. We serve area collegiate students including SD Mines, University Center, SDSU-Nursing, and Western Dakota Technical College.

Although the new building opened in 2013, the Center has served the spiritual, social, and leadership formation needs of Catholic students at SD Mines and area collegiate institutions for over 40 years! Our Christ centered activities continue to attract students who want to foster true friendships. Our FOCUS missionaries reach out to the college age students and foster their relationship with Jesus Christ.

Our Founder

St. John Henry Cardinal Newman

Our Staff

Fr. Mark McCormick, Chaplain

Kassi Jolley, Director of Facilities

Krista Thomas, Director of Development


​Newman Club Faculty Advisor

Dr. Peter Adcock



Our Newman Club Officers

President -  Vincent Benzmiller

Vice President - Brett Elkin

Treasurer - Walter Markle

Secretary - Tanner Becker

Event Coordinator - Makayla Beulke

Public Relations - Abigail Kreifels


Our 2023-2024 FOCUS Team

Trevor Wayman - Team Director

Tanner Hoerter

Molly Jo Schmitz

Alice Major


Center Hours

(updated August 21, 2023)

Center Open M-F - 8am - 10pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am - 10pm



Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 12noon

Thursday & Sunday 7pm



Friday 11am

Sunday 6pm


Sunday Supper 5pm