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Through Your Support...

Growing in Faith & Leadership


hen I came to college, I wanted to have fun, go to parties, and have the typical college life. I was also interested in my faith.” Chris Jansson, a now senior computer science major from St. Louis, Missouri, describes himself as the pretty typical Catholic. He attended Catholic high school and came to Mizzou knowing he wanted live the full college experience. Maintaining a relationship with God was also on Chris’ radar. “I came to Newman for church on Sundays. I also wanted to check out E3 [Ephesians 3 weekly fellowship] because I like praise and worship music.” More than attending Mass, Newman became a home away from home for Chris. “By the second week of classes, I had joined music ministry and began playing the guitar at mass. The people won me over. I met so many people that became my role models and then my friends. I saw a different way to live my life and it was really attractive.” It was through his new friendships that Chris began attending other ministry events. “At first, I was asked to do things. Friends invited me to go on the Awakenings Retreat. Other friends asked me to join a small group. I said yes to

those things because of the people. As I became more and more invested, I began stepping up and doing things on my own.” Since his freshman year, Chris has joined a bible study, attended several FOCUS conferences, served on the Catholic Student Association Executive Board, and has planned E3 both on the leadership team and by directing the E3 band. Chris has also attended eight Awakenings Retreats. After attending as a retreatant, Chris has worked on staff as music director, tech director, small group leader, and Assistant Rector. In his senior year, Chris serves as the E3 coordinator, directing the planning team and facilitating the weekly gathering of 100+ students. “I never thought I’d be leading E3. But when leadership applications came out last year, I felt like that was what God was calling me to do.” Also this spring, Chris is serving as the Awakenings tech director for a second time. This retreat, he will be training the leaders that will fill his place once he graduates. Chris has chosen to step into leadership roles because he wants to give back. “I have been impacted by my experiences at Newman and I want to share that with other people.” Chris knows that the people of the Newman community are what have made his experience special. “My friendships and

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Above: Chris leading worship at the Awakenings Retreat. (Also pictured, Anna Krause, MU’17) Left: Chris (in the red sweater) and the E3 band sporting “ugly Christmas sweaters” before winter break.


Welcome Bishop McKnight

ishop W. Shawn McKnight was ordained and installed as the fourth bishop in the Diocese of Jefferson City on Tuesday, February 6. Previously a priest in the Diocese of Witicha, Kansas, Bishop McKnight has served in a variety of roles, including Chaplain at Newman University. Taylor Downey, MU senior and President of the Mizzou Catholic Student Association, had the opportunity to attend the ordination as one of the Newman Center attendees. “The ordination ceremony was the most beautiful mass that I have been a part of,” Taylor shares. She was particularly impressed with Bishop McKnight’s energy and enthusiasm for his new position: “He spoke of the call he received from the Papal Nuncio and how he knew his life was about to change. It was beautiful to hear how Bishop McKnight so willingly went where he was called. I have confidence that Bishop McKnight will bring a refreshed vision and passion for his new home in our diocese.” In his first week “on the job,” he visited the Student Mass at the Newman Center. “It’s special for me to spend


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relationships with the people at Newman are so grounded in love and faith. Nothing can replace that. I still like to have fun with my friends. But once I saw that there’s a better way to live life, the ‘old college life’ I thought I wanted didn’t seem that attractive. When you make God the focus of your schedule, your priorities, and your life, there’s nothing good enough to tempt you back.” Chris is grateful for the Newman community, and for all those who have made his experience possible. “Newman has become a home for so many people on campus. It has made a huge difference for me and has changed the lives of so many of my friends. My time at Newman has changed how I’m going to live once I graduate and move back to St. Louis. It has changed how I’m going to raise my family. It will change how I live the rest of my life. I’m speaking for myself obviously, but I know it’s true for so many of my friends. I want to say thank you to everyone who supports Newman. You have changed my life.” Below: Catholic Student Association Executive Board 2016-17

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight during the recessional after presiding at the 8 p.m. Student Mass on February 11.

this time with you, here at Mizzou,” he shared, joking about his ties to Kansas, “regardless, we share one Faith.” Like Jesus with the leper, Bishop McKnight challenged the students to use this Lent as a time to remind us of our connection to humanity. “Begin the season of Lent as a time of restoring your bond of community.” Welcome, Bishop McKnight!


angellehall One of the great gifts of #sls18 so far is seeing so many of our #comonewman alumni living their yes to the ways the Lord calls them. #coradcorloquitur In photo: Angelle Hall, Director of Campus Ministry with Sr. Agnes Mary Graves (formerly Sarah), Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan, MU’08.

Freshman Spotlight: Annika Meyer


ver the past six months, Annika Meyer has found a home-away-from-home at Mizzou and a special faith community at the Newman Center. Annika, a freshman from St. Charles, Missouri, loves Mizzou. She grew up cheering for the Tigers and is excited to carry on her family’s legacy and finally be a Tiger herself. After arriving on campus, Annika followed in her brothers’ footsteps (Drake ‘17 and Chanse ‘18) and made the bold decision to pursue her faith in college. Annika attended both a Catholic grade school and high school, where she was a member of the peer ministry team. Her involvement on the team taught her how to be a leader in her faith and inspired her to put her relationship with God at the center of her life. Annika has carried that same passion and desire with her to Mizzou and her eagerness to be involved at Newman. “My involvement at Newman has continued to greatly impact my faith life,” says Annika. “Being involved makes it easier to stay strong and committed to my

faith and gives me more courage to share it with others.” Annika’s favorite Newman memory so far is attending the fall Awakenings Retreat. She enjoyed building relationships with other students, especially the other freshmen in her class. “My favorite part of the weekend was desert time when we were able to sit with Jesus in adoration,” exclaims Annika. “It was really powerful for everyone to Annika at House Decs during be there together.” MU Homecoming 2017.

You Made One Huge Impact. This past November, you responded in force to our #GivingTuesday challenge! We presented three projects in need of support - and you fully funded all three projects, with room to spare! Left & Below: Marian image and staint wall. Below, to right: Volunteers serving & cleaning at the December Loaves & Fishes meal prepared by Newman.

Goal Updates

Transportation to SLS - $6,577

This fully funded the bus! Extra funds sent four students to the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering.

Loaves & Fishes Meals - $1,819

Instead of funding just 6 meals at the soup kitchen, you’ve funded at least 10 meals for 100+ guests!

Saint Wall - $490

You’ve added 10 saints this year and funded enough for 10 more next school year! Saints surround the commissioned work of Mary, painted by Clayton Jezewak, MU’17 and donated by the Knipp family.

Where It’s Most Needed - $715

Your gift will support our spring Awakenings Retreat!

What about the bus?

Turn the page for a recap of the FOCUS Student Leadership Summit in Chicago!

Inspired & Equipped

Your support sent students to be formed in leadership, faith


ith your support, over 70 Newman students rang in the New Year at FOCUS’s Student Leadership Summit. Students gathered early on January 1 day to load the bus - funded by your generosity - to travel to Chicago. As a host campus, our students arrived at SLS a day early to welcome 8,000+ conference participants. Katelyn Rice, a senior nursing student at Central Methodist University, describes her experience at SLS as both incredible and challenging. “This is the second FOCUS conference I have been to and I loved SLS,” says Katelyn. “It was a good time for me to sit and focus on my relationship with God and reconnect with my faith.” On the last day of the Student Leadership Summit, the Mizzou group At the conference, our students learned how gathered for photos before boarding the bus. to evangelize on campus. The days began with a lot of the people who came with us to SLS. The conference Mass. After being fed by Christ, students attended breakout helped strengthen those relationships with the people who sessions. These sessions taught practical tips for living out are supporting me in my faith,” says the call of the Great Commission “I learned how to not only Katelyn. “It has been really cool to (Matthew 28:16). After lunch, challenge myself, but challenge see the people I care about taking participants gathered again the people around me so that we initiative to deepen their faith. I in small groups to share what can all get each other to heaven.” learned how to not only challenge they learned. In their groups, myself, but challenge the people our students created a plan of around me so that we can all get each other to heaven.” how to implement these ideas once they returned home. Your generous support allowed many students to attend The evenings brought much anticipated keynote speakers SLS who may not have otherwise been able to attend due by “Catholic celebrities,” such as Fr. Mike Schmitz, Sarah to financial constraints. Your investment is helping to Swafford, Jason Evert and Sister Bethany Madonna S.V. Katelyn’s experience at SLS allowed her to grow in new ways. change the lives of our students, many of whom had similar “I have led a Bible study before, but I have never been confident experiences to Katelyn’s. At the conference Katelyn realized that life can be crazy in my ability to lead and challenge the girls in my small group,” and hectic but that, through God, she can accomplish recounts Katelyn. However, after her experience at SLS, she feels better equipped and empowered to share her faith. “It was everything He asks of her. Since returning to Columbia, Katelyn has reaffirmed her commitment to daily prayer: “I good to learn how to dive deep into leading a bible study and realized God works in everything I am doing. SLS inspired have more of an effective small group for everyone involved.” me to seek encounters with Jesus daily because that is how Katelyn was impacted through the relationships she built true leaders and Christians are formed.” with other Newman students while at SLS. “I actually knew

Left: (left to right) Troy D’Souza, Charlie Eversman, Josh Fajardo, Josh Smith Right: (left to right)Alex Weibel, Alyssa Norberg, Colleen O’Brien, (front row) Katherine Lane, Haley Sammis

(Photo Credit: Colleen O’Brien, MU Senior)

From left to right: Isaac Gillen, Candice Mohapp, Clayton Jezewak, Hannah Dustman, and Ric Dickens gather at the FOCUS SLS conference. All five will attend new missionary training this summer and be assigned to a campus for the fall.

Students on Mission

Newman Graduates Dedicate 2 Years to Serve


eciding what to do after graduation can be a scary endeavor for any college student - finding a job, where to live, paying off student loans - all intimidating tasks standing alone, muchless together. For some students, another option surfaces - becoming a missionary. Thanks to your generous and consistent support, Campus Ministry began its partnership with FOCUS in 2014. Four missionaries came to campus ready to fill a much needed gap in our ministry - bible studies and evangelization on campus. 300+ students now attend bible studies - a huge blessing! The missionaries help to train students to lead their own bible studies. For some students, this becomes the beginning of a call to a missionary life post-graduation. Ric Dickens, MU journalism student from Coppell, Texas, began discerning his call to the missionary life just 18 short months after becoming Catholic. “Back in Texas, a friend had invited me to mass. At mass was the first time at a church service that I saw something purposeful and meaningful was happening. I didn’t understand, but I knew it was beautiful. When I came to Mizzou, I fell in love with the faith and the faith community at the Newman Center.” After attending Newman’s RCIA classes, Ric entered the Church at the Easter Vigil mass in 2016. Missionary life didn’t enter the picture until recently when he decided to attend an interview weekend to see what FOCUS was all about. “I had no intention on becoming a missionary. However, on the last day, a priest

gave a homily and said, ‘In your life, you’re giving your ‘yes’ to something that affects more people than yourself.’” It was in that moment that Ric seriously began to think about how his life would affect others. Currently, three Newman graduates are serving with FOCUS. Jake Huber (University of Colorado - Boulder) and Katie Rinehart (University of Louisiana - Lafayette) are finishing their first year on campus. Maggie Paulter is in her second year and is also serving on the Boulder campus. This summer, Ric and four other Newman graduates (pictured above) will begin their two year commitment at FOCUS with summer training. It is there that they will find out where they will be serving in the fall. Ric is confident that his ‘yes’ is thanks to many that journeyed with him in his faith journey: “One of the things that made my decision to be a missionary easier was seeing others do something radical with their life first. I want to be a missionary ultimately because I want to affect others and their relationship with Jesus.”

From left: Jake Huber, Katie Rinehart, Maggie Paulter

WHY I GIVE Why Jessica supports Campus Ministry


ewman led me to a pivotal point of my life. Sophomore year, God became the center of my life because of one of the many opportunities Newman offered. Campus Ministry helped me grow spiritually, but also challenged me to grow as a leader. I’ve been able to pull ministry experiences into my current job, and I will be forever grateful for the challenges and successes I experienced as a student leader. Throughout my time at Mizzou, I’ve witnessed the beauty of community, friendship, and authentic leadership. In all honesty... the workplace needs the same.

I know my gift to Campus Ministry is forming equipped disciples for the present and future. This is why I give to Newman.”

Jess Le (MU’17) graduated with a degree in Health Science. She now works as a consulting analyst at Cerner Corporation in Kansas City. As a student, was involved in many ministries, including leading a bible study, serving on staff for several Awakenings Retreats, participating in the Greek ministry, and serving as President of the Catholic Student Association her senior year.

Then & Now - Awakenings

The first Awakenings in Columbia was held in the spring of 1994 with Steve Allgeyer (MU’95) as Rector. Awakenings has moved locations over the years, including: • National Shire of Mary, Laurie, MO • St. Joseph’s Church & School, Edina, MO • Lake Doniphan, Excelsior Springs, MO • Cross Pointe Camp, Lake of the Ozarks (current) Though some records were lost prior to 2000, we can estimate that well over 1,100 students have made their Awakenings at Mizzou. Many have come back - often more than once - to serve on staff and provide their peers with the opportunity to experience God’s agape love. This spring, students will attend Awakenings #35! Alyssa Norberg, MU juinor from St. Louis, Missouri, will be serving as rector. With 135 students working on staff for the spring, we are preparing to take 200 students on retreat! Did you attend Awakenings at Newman? Share your stories with us! Contact with your stories - and photos! In particular, we’re missing records and photos from 2000 or earlier.

Awakenings #15. Held in Fall 2001 in Laurie, MO. Ricky Willmann (MU’01) served as rector.

Awakenings #34: Known. Held in Fall 2017 at Cross Pointe Camp at the Lake of the Ozarks. Allie Crank (MU’17) served as rector.

What is your impact? Your choice to support Campus Ministry makes a tangible, life-long difference for our students. How and when you choose to give is entirely dependent on how you wish to make an impact! Monthly Giving Your monthly pledge is a great way to help you budget and also allows us to anticipate available funds for our programming. You can do so online via credit or debit card at You can also have your gift withdrawn directly from your checking account. The EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) form is available on that same page to print and mail in with a voided check. Matching Gifts We are searching for matching gifts for our Family Weekend and Homecoming collections at Mass. This is an excellent opportunity if you feel called to help grow the mission of Campus Ministry by encouraging others to give! Stock Gifts & Planned Giving Campus Ministry has the capactity to accept gifts of stock, IRA rollovers, bequests, and many other non-cash gifts. Sometimes, these options can be of great benefit to the giver, specifically in regard to taxes and capital gains. Talk with your accountant or financial planer to see if this option is right for you.


Thank you to our ‘17-’18 business sponsors Knights of Columbus Council #7231 Peckham Architecture Stringcreek Lawn & Landscape Asbestos Removal Services, Inc. Central Missouri Auto Body Rolling Hills Veterinary Clinic

Accepting 2018-19 Business Sponsorships Your annual business sponsorship of Campus Ministry at the St. Thomas More Newman Center will serve a vital role for our growing ministry. As a thank you for your support, we recognize all of our sponsors in our newsletters, parish magazine, social media, and website. Several gift levels allow you to pick a sponsorship that works for you! Red & Gold Mission Circle— $1,500 Partner in Ministry — $1,000 Advocate in Ministry — $500 Friend in Ministry — $250 We are now accepting sponorships for the next school year. Contact JoAnn (email/phone below) or visit for information.

If you wish to speak with someone about any of these opportunities, contact JoAnn Shull, Development Director, at or 573.449.5424 x205.


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