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St. Thomas More Spring 2014 —


Farewell, Fr. Thomas Newman Pastor since 2006 to be reassigned to Madison, Wisconsin. PAGE 2

New faces in July Meet the new Pastor and two more Dominicans.

Awakenings, a History The student retreat is going back to two per year.

“He makes all things new” Reflections from Alternative Spring Break in El Salvador.

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Pastor’s Letter — Signing Off


Dear Alumni, Parents of Alumni and Students,


pring is in the air, although a bit later than usual it seems, and the students have left for the summer. I can actually hear the birds outside my office window. This is my final letter to you. As of July 1, 2014 I will assume the pastoral duties of our Dominican parish in Madison, WI, Blessed Sacrament Parish. Fr. Rich Litzau, O.P. will replace me as Pastor and Fr. Joseph Minuth, O.P. will assume the role of Associate Pastor. Fr. Dan Davis, O.P. will minister part-time as Assistant Pastor. Not only is this an official goodbye and thank you for your genFR. THOMAS erous support of this ministry I would also like to take some Pastor time to remember the accomplishments that we have achieved and plans that are in the works. When I arrived in July 2006, I was graced with a flourishing campus ministry thanks to the pastoral leadership of Fr. Charles Pardee and the campus minister at the time, Christi Hicks. The Newman Center had just secured a gift of $500,000 and matched with funds from the parish created a $1 million endowment. With this endowment the Newman Center was able to hire an additional campus minister. Angelle Hall joined the staff and teamed with Emily Wenzlick (Shull) to serve as campus ministers. Emily was replaced by JoAnn Jorgovan (Shull) and the team was expanded with Peer Ministers, students ministering to students. The Awakenings retreat, already a fixture at Newman, was expanded to include a Spring Retreat and both Men’s and Women’s Retreats. It seemed as though everything from activities the first week of school to Newman Week were growing. Alternative Spring Break trips, once again already in place at Newman, went international with trips to Guatemala and El Salvador. Our staff has done a great job with leadership formation among our active students with trips to various programs around the country. We are producing Catholic leaders for the future. As I depart I am grateful for the time I have had at St. Thomas More Parish & Newman Center. The last eight years have truly been a blessing. I have been inspired by the faith of the students. It has been a blessing to walk with so many students who have discerned a religious vocation; currently we have nine students in formation with men’s and women’s religious groups or dioceses — what a gift to the Church. Each day I have been a recipient of God’s grace. One of programs in the immediate future of which I am most proud is the addition of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) at St. Thomas More Newman Center. In August 2014 there will be four FOCUS missionaries on the campus. This will expand our ability to minister to students at times more convenient to a student’s schedule. I am confident that this will be a great blessing to Columbia’s Catholic community. I ask your support for this ministry both in prayer and in your financial generosity. No one achieves anything of significance without the help and support of others. I have been blessed with great Associate Pastors, Fr. Joachim Cullotta, Fr. Simon-Felix Michalski, Fr. Patrick Tobin and Fr. Bob Barry; Campus Ministers such as Emily Wenzlick (Shull) , Angelle Hall and JoAnn Jorgovan (Shull); and Dominican Interns such as Br. Shane, Br. Wesley and Br. Samuel. Jesus sent out his disciples two by two — it seems to require a few more hands today. Thank you for your support! Campus Ministry is more important than ever. It is essential that we continue this ministry which reaches so many students. Please be generous and God bless you.




1. Ballroom Dance class with Eleanor Braddock (2007) 2. Parish picnic (2007) 3. Newman Musical “Building the House” (2008) 4. Fire & Ice Dance (2008) 5. Trip to Rome (2008) 6. Welcome Mass on the Quad (2009) 7. Homecoming Weekend (2011) 8. Mizzou Basketball Game (2013) If you would like to contact Fr. Thomas after July 1, you can send mail to: Blessed Sacrament Priory 2131 Rowley Ave. Madison, WI 53726

Incoming Pastor’s Letter — Looking Forward







et’s start with the basics; Richard Litzau, I have two children, Jacob and Elizabeth; and four grandchildren, Kyle, RJ, Stephanie and Simon. My son lives in Albuquerque; my daughter in Denver. Not a widower, I was divorced and my marriage was annulled by the Church. Born and raised in Denver, I attended Catholic school, a Jesuit high school and graduated from the University of Colorado (Denver) with a BA in Education, RehaFR. RICH bilitation Services. I’ve been a corrections counselor, a Incoming Pastor probation officer, a hospice chaplain, along with other jobs over the years. Although I’m seen as a “late vocation”, I believe that I simply was in formation for a very, very long time. I spent a year in the Dominican novitiate, studied in St. Louis, was ordained in 2005, and assigned to our new house in Bloomington, Indiana. The six years at the parish/Newman center on the Indiana University campus were formative. My time at the Aquinas Newman Center in Albuquerque was typically Dominican, a time for learning, growing, praying, studying and ministering. I consider it a privilege and an honor to be here. My mantra, for a long time, has been “Service to God through service To God’s people!” and it is a commitment that I strive to meet. I am a natural introvert, and tend to be a quiet, observant individual. Observations to the contrary are a result of over-compensation on my part. Following the example of Pope Francis, who used his exhortation, “Joy of the Gospel,” to offer a platform for his papacy, I would like to offer some hopes and thoughts for my tenure here at St. Thomas More. Francis lays out the challenges our Church faces and offers his vision in response. He invites us to join him in creating a Church that is lively and humble, holy and engaged, pastoral and prayerful. In taking this approach, I believe he is setting an example for the cardinals, bishops, priests and deacons, sisters and religious who serve him. He invites us to develop coherent, compassionate approaches to our ministries. No pressure; expectations and hopes, but no pressure. Following in the steps of Fr. Thomas, that invitation is challenging. During my visit in May, we had a “meet and greet” with the finance and pastoral councils, a staff meeting and a Confirmation. I found a community of people who were engaged and hard-working. They were living out the Gospel values of “loving God, neighbor and self.” I had the opportunity to spend some time with our students, and found a community of young people excited about their faith. During my visit, I was able to experience a church that was lively and humble, holy and engaged, pastoral and prayerful. And in the Dominican tradition, it is my hope to encourage, support and extend those qualities, “With God’s help and yours.” If you are reading this as an alumni or a parent, know that you are always welcome to visit, and I look forward to meeting you. If you are a parishioner, I am honored to be your pastor, and I look forward to times of prayer, study, ministry and community with all of you. Blessings of St. Dominic and St. Catherine, Fr. Rich Litzau, O.P.

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More New Faces FR. JOSEPH MINUTH, OP grew up in El Paso, TX, where I attended St. Clement’s Elementary School, an Episcopalian school, and graduated from Cathedral High School, a Catholic school run by the Christian Brothers. I attended St. Edward’s FR. JOSEPH University in Austin, TX, where Incoming Associate I stayed for several years after graduation to work in sales and Pastor marketing for computer companies such as Cisco Systems and Microsoft. My first job after college, however, was at the World Fair in Hanover, Germany. I also worked in the San Joaquin Valley in California for my uncle’s campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives. While in the Dominican Order, I also worked for the Office of Evangelization in the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Vocation’s Office for the Dominican Province of St. Albert the Great, as well as parishes and university campuses in Minneapolis, Chicago, Denver, southern Illinois, and St. Louis. My most recent assignment was Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where I served as Associate Pastor. I enjoy reading, running, hiking, swimming, photography, fine beers (and brewing beer), and spiritual theology.


FR. DAN DAVIS, O.P. ioux City, Iowa is where it all started on August 8, 1947. Dominican sisters taught me throughout my ElHi years. After college at St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, I entered the Dominican Order with none-other than Jimmy Marchionda. By 1970, I deFR. DAN Incoming Assistant cided to leave to see what life was all about. Nineteen years later I Pastor knew the call to be a priest would not leave me, so I returned to the Order and was ordained in 1994. I have served the Lord at our high school, Fenwick, in Oak Park, IL, Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI, Purdue in Indiana, and for five years as pastor in Albuquerque, NM, at the Catholic Center at UNM. What a wonderful journey it had been. It just keeps getting better. Ours is a time of division, between the so called left and right. It is clear that at the Newman Center we are committed to open dialogue between these poles so Christ’s call to unity can be achieved. This is not an easy task for any of us, but we are Catholic... that says it all.



Barbara Bauman shows Sr. Karen photos from her 1964 wedding, one of the first to be held at the Newman Center. Like Newman, Barbara and John recently celebrated their 50th Anniversary.

Many Parts, One Body


ifty years ago St. Thomas More Newman Center was a very different place. Its main focus was serving students and staff connected with the university. Today, we are a much more diverse parish community with lots of babies, students from pre-Kindergarten to grad school, and members at every stage of their lifelong faith journey. Our ministry extends from womb to tomb. We celebrate and support one another in prayer, study and service. One group that can easily be overlooked in this mix is the homebound. How do we keep them connected and enlist their wisdom, experience and prayer for the work of our hands? John and Barbara Bauman are longtime parishioners who find themselves no longer able to come to church for worship. Recently they answered a question posed by the 50th Anniversary Committee about memories and involvement over the past years. Here is John’s reply: I came to Columbia 53 years ago as an assistant professor of Chemistry. I participated in the opening of the Newman Center on December 8, 1963. In 1964 my wife Barbara and I were married at the Newman Center. We participated in the vibrant new liturgy, the Bible discussion groups, faculty lunches, visiting lecturers, and the raising of our three children in Newman CCD classes. I especially loved the library and developed an extensive list of vital texts. Now I am confined to my home in slow recovery from a fall a year ago. The highlight of every week is Sister Karen’s visit with the Eucharist. We discuss our current reading, exchange prayer requests, and go over the Liturgy for the following Sunday. I appreciate news from Newman and the membership photo directory which she brought us. I don’t think I will ever recover my strength enough to return to the Center, but I do feel very much a part of you after all these years. — John Bauman If a member of your family is homebound and in need of a parish visitor, please contact Sr. Karen at the Newman Center at or 573-449-5424.

Awakenings, a History

Fall 2013 Awakenings was held at Lake Doniphan in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. The retreat theme was “Live Like That,” based off of Romans 12:1-2, which encourages Christians to be transformed by God’s grace and to follow His will.

Help us fill in the blanks! If you or someone you know was rector of Awakenings between 1994 and 2000 or have group photos of the retreat from the same time period, please let us know! Email campus. with any information you may have, including rector names, photos, and any other historical facts! Fall 2001 Awakenings was held in Laurie, Missouri at the National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church. This is our oldest photograph of a Mizzou Awakenings retreat.


hough the school year has just ended, the staff for Awakenings No. 28 is already well under way for the planning of this fall’s retreat! With the exception of the student Mass, Awakenings is likely the longest running event in Campus Ministry at Mizzou and has a rich history – both at Mizzou and nationally – in the faith formation of college students. The Awakenings Retreat program began at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana in 1965. Though McNeese State as well as Louisiana State University (LSU) both had early Awakenings retreats, St. Mary’s at Texas A&M University – which hosted their 100th Awakenings this past spring – has the longest running Awakenings retreat program, which started in 1983. In the past five decades, the Awakenings retreat has expanded into a national retreat model with over 40 schools hosting a retreat each year. Mizzou adopted the retreat in the spring of 1994 and, to date, has hosted 27 Awakenings retreats. The Awakenings retreat for college students is based on the Cursillo retreat model. Other retreat programs like TEC (Teens Encounter Christ), Luke 18 (for 7th and 8th graders), and Kairos (high school) are similarly based off of the Cursillo model. In short, the purpose of Awakenings is to share with the “Awakeners” God’s unconditional agape love throughout the weekend through individual and small group reflection as well as sacraments, talks, prayer activities and community formation. For the first seven years of the retreat at Mizzou, Campus Ministry hosted Awakenings each semester. In the fall of 2000, this switched to one a year. Soon after, a spring/Lenten retreat took the place of the spring Awakenings retreat. However, this coming school year, Campus Ministry will once again host two Awakenings retreats per academic year at Lake Doniphan Conference Center in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, a new location in 2013 to accommodate larger retreat numbers. Campus Ministry is excited for this renewed endeavor and looks forward to seeing how the overall retreat program will grow in the next few years. They ask for your continued prayers, especially Awakenings alumni, as Awakenings continues to touch the hearts of dozens of college students each year.

— JoAnn Shull, Assistant Director of Campus Ministry

Semester Campus Minister Spring ‘94


Anne Burkle

Fall ‘94 Spring ‘95 Fall ‘95

LuLu Deckert

Spring ‘96 Fall ‘96 Spring ‘97 Fall ‘97

Ryan O’Hara

Spring ‘98 Fall ‘98 Spring ‘99 Fall ‘99 Spring ‘00 Fall ‘00 Fall ‘01

Michelle Mirzoan Christy Hicks

Ricky Wilmann

Fall ‘02

Kelly Moore (Burns)

Fall ‘03

Mike Hanewinkel

Fall ‘04

Kelly Roth

Fall ‘05

Kristen Watkins (Meyer)

Fall ‘06

Emily Wenzlick (Shull)

Erin Bell (Toth)

Fall ‘07

Angelle Hall / Emily Shull

Maria Oehl (Allen)

Fall ‘08

Angelle Hall/JoAnn Jorgovan (Shull)

Sarah Graves

Fall ‘09

Nelson De Souza

Fall ‘10

Lisa Kendzior

Fall ‘11

Katie Miller (Garanzini)

Fall ‘12

Taylor Stevenson

Fall ‘13

Kayla Essner

Fall ‘14

Angela Chiappone

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Reflections from Alternative Spring Break trip to El Salvador

“He makes all things new” BY LAURA COLE El Salvador is a country that knows suffering. That really hit me hard in our first four days in San Salvador. Before our trip, I did a little bit of research on El Salvador’s history, so I knew there was a terrible civil war from 1980-1992. I knew a bishop named Oscar Romero was martyred. I knew some American churchwomen and Jesuit priests were killed, too. I knew El Salvador is a poor country with high rates of violent crime. But before I walked the streets of El Salvador and met its people, those facts didn’t really come alive in my mind or heart. We spent much of our time in San Salvador visiting historical sites, learning about the civil war and its effects, and speaking with members of different organizations and ministries who are working for positive change in El Salvador. We happened to be in San Salvador on the 34th anniversary of Archbishop Romero’s martyrdom, so we attended the memorial Mass celebrated at Divina Providencia, the small parish where he was shot while celebrating Mass. The Catholics


of El Salvador clearly adore Archbishop Romero; the church was literally overflowing with people. After the Mass, the congregation marched no short distance to the National Cathedral, which houses Archbishop Romero’s tomb, to continue celebrating his life. Since we participated in the march after Mass, we didn’t have time to visit Archbishop Romero’s house, so we came back to Divina Providencia the next day. He lived in a small guest house that the resident Carmelite sisters built for him, and the sisters have preserved the house as a memorial to him. A sister took us on a tour of the few rooms in the house. While it was awe-inspiring to be in the home of a martyr, it was also very, very tough, because it was very, very real. We saw the bloodstained vestments and alb he was wearing when he was shot, and read his handwritten notes on the calendar on his wall that was never turned past March 1980. Even harder were the photos on the walls. A journalist was in the congregation

on the day Archbishop Romero was shot, and he was able to document the events with his camera. The photos showed the moment after he was shot while everyone was frozen with fear, people rushing to his side as his mouth gushed blood, men carrying his body out of the church, women on their knees mopping blood off the altar steps, people standing together in shock, crying. The journalist was also recording Archbishop Romero’s homily, so he caught the moment he was shot on audio recording. At the very end of our tour, the sister played the recording for us. I braced myself, but it was still incredibly hard to listen to. I heard the last few lines of Archbishop Romero’s homily, the gunshot echo in the church, and the second of shocked silence before the screaming chaos began. Needless to say, I was shaken up. I got a small insight into the shock, horror, and helplessness the Salvadoran people felt in that church, and I spent most of the bus ride to our next destination, the

University of Central America, trying to internally process what I’d just experienced. Six Jesuit priests, as well as their housekeeper and her daughter, were murdered by the Salvadoran military at UCA. We took a tour of the museum there, which housed photos, clothing and personal items from the priests, the American churchwomen, and even a few things related to Archbishop Romero, before seeing the garden where the Jesuits were shot. Our tour guide told us more stories of the brutality of the civil war, and by the end, I was kind of an emotional wreck. How could a country that had seen so much evil and so much brutal violence ever recover? After our tour, we had some time to pray in the UCA chapel. A few of us went into a small back chapel that housed the tabernacle, and I started to pray about the helplessness and hopelessness I felt. Since it was Lent, Jesus’ suffering was in my thoughts, and a scene from “The Passion of the Christ” came to mind. In this scene, Jesus meets his mother on the way to be crucified. Jesus is obviously suffering immensely—he’s been scourged, had thorns shoved into his head, humiliated, and forced to carry a heavy wooden cross on his bruised and bloody shoulders. Mary sees Him fall, and she runs to His side. Jesus slowly climbs to His feet, tenderly touches His mother’s face, and tells her, “See, Mother, I make all things new.” That’s my favorite scene in the whole movie. It seems so contradictory; Jesus speaks of making all things new as blood drips from His face and He walks the road to His death. Unless you look at his suffering in the context of the impending Resurrection, it doesn’t make sense. And as I sat in that chapel, with Archbishop Romero’s death still playing through my mind, I knew Jesus was still saying those words today. There was a young man, an UCA student named Jorge, softly playing the guitar and singing while we were praying in the chapel. He was singing in Spanish, so I couldn’t understand the words, but I still appreciated the beauty of the music. As he strummed the opening chords to a new song, I recognized it immediately—he was playing “How

Great is Our God,” one of my favorite worship songs. I started singing along softly in English, and many of my friends in the room did, too. By the end, our voices were booming out English lyrics, as Jorge’s voice soared through the Spanish words. And, as we sang the last chorus, Jorge sang in English with us. It was without a doubt one of the most beautiful, powerful moments of worNewman students visited the guest house where Archbishop Romero lived. | Photo by Maria Di Bianca ship I have ever experienced. We were all sobbing, and Jorge bowed his head and stretched his open hands out toward the tabernacle. That experience really brought home to me the concept of our universal Church. Here we were, in a foreign country, singing along with a man who didn’t speak the same language. We were truly brothers and sisters in Christ in that chapel. And as we cried together, I looked towards the cross and the tabernacle, and knew it was a sure sign of hope that we sang “How Great is Our God.” After all The Spring Break trip to El Salvador coincided we experienced that morning, internaliz- with the 34th Anniversary of Archbishop Romero’s ing the suffering of the Salvadoran people, martyrdom. | Photo by Maria Di Bianca the only thing we could do was stretch out our hands to Jesus and sing His praises. is not the end. “I make all things new.” It meant so much to me that the song we El Salvador has known (and still knows) sang with a young Salvadoran man was enormous suffering. But I believe it is renot a song of suffering; it was a song of covering. Since the end of the civil war, joyful worship. they have had free and fair democratic Because as Catholics, we know the ul- elections. We met so many people dedicattimate end of the story, and it never ends ed to improving life in El Salvador through with suffering. Jesus suffered greatly and programs like microloans, women’s emdied a painful death on the cross. I’m powerment groups, and positive opporsure his disciples felt lost and hopeless, tunities for youth. The woman in charge just like the people in the congregation of SHARE, the foundation that connected of Divina Providencia after Archbishop Newman with our sister parish in La LibRomero was killed. But three days later, ertad, was a political prisoner during the Jesus rose. He won. He conquered death, civil war. Now, she has dedicated her life and He will win forevermore. to facilitating connections between SalNow, when I looked at the suffering of the vadoran groups and international groups Salvadoran people, I saw Jesus walking be- wishing to help. side them—Jesus, bruised and bloody, carryWe know the end of the story. We know ing His cross alongside His beloved children that suffering and evil will not win out in El in El Salvador. And as they gather, 34 years Salvador. Because we know that Jesus keeps later but still holding deep wounds, I know His promises, and He promised that He is He’s there, quietly reminding them that this making all things new.

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New features make it easier to listen to homilies and watch videos of classes and talks online. We hope to roll out a few blog series in the fall.





ave the date for the First Inaugural Newman Classic Golf Tournament! The tournament will take place on the Monday following the Mizzou v. Georgia football game. We especially want to encourage alumni and parents to make a weekend out of it and join us for the golf tournament. Registration will open in early July. Visit for more details. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Joe Bradley at

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ampus Ministry would not be able to provide the ministry, programs and services we offer if not for the generous resident parishioners, students, parents and alumni. In 2006 an endowment was established, the St. Thomas More Newman Center Endowment Fund specifically for this purpose. A bequest of $500,000 was matched by the parish to create a $1 million endowment. It is with great joy and thanksgiving to God that recently I received word of a commitment to our St. Thomas More Newman Center Endowment Fund for another $1 million from an anonymous donor. The interest from this money will help offset the parish portion for FOCUS, Fellowship of Catholic University Students, and provide scholarships to Awakenings Retreats and other programs. If you would like to donate to the endowment to continue the mission of Campus Ministry at Mizzou for years to come please contact Joe Bradley.


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St. Thomas More Newman Center Spring 2014 Newsletter  

A farewell to Fr. Thomas, an introduction to our three incoming Dominican priests, a history of our Awakenings retreat, a reflection on ASB...

St. Thomas More Newman Center Spring 2014 Newsletter  

A farewell to Fr. Thomas, an introduction to our three incoming Dominican priests, a history of our Awakenings retreat, a reflection on ASB...