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St. Thomas More is a university parish of 900 families and provides sacramental and spiritual ministry to the thousands of students of the University of Missouri, Stephens College and Columbia College.
We are a vibrant Catholic faith community where students and faculty join together with resident parishioners to sacramentally celebrate and live the Catholic faith. Join us for worship and browse our website to see the many programs and activities we provide.
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What is a Newman Center?
Since the beginning of the 1900s, special parishes and centers have set up to serve the spiritual needs of Catholic students at universities and colleges. These centers were named after Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, and English educator and churchman from the 19th century. Newman Centers are established as part of a university community, working alongside the university staff and faculty to offer students a more complete education. The Catholic Student Association is the student group at Newman and is a registered organization at the University of Missouri and Stephens College. The Newman Center provides all the services of a traditional Catholic Parish and has a large campus ministry component as well.
What is a Dominican?
“Dominican” is a nickname for the Order of Preachers, a Roman Catholic religious order founded by St. Dominic de Guzman in 1216. Men and women of the Dominican Order commit themselves to a life of community, prayer, study, and preaching. Since the High Middle Ages, Dominican priests have ministered in the context of universities in Europe and have continued that tradition in the United States. The St. Thomas More Newman is served by the Dominican Friars of the Central Province in Chicago, and the Dominican Sisters of Springfield Illinois. The Dominicans who minister in Columbia bring the Order’s traditions of study, prayer, preaching, community, and service to life in the vibrant context of Columbia’s collegiate community!
Who is St. Thomas More?
The patron saint of the Newman Center is St. Thomas More, a great English thinker, writer, statesman, and martyr of the Reformation period. St. Thomas More lost his life when he chose to side with the Bishop of Rome in the 16th century dispute which split the Church of England from the Catholic Church. This martyr to Church unity and justice is an example to contemporary American Catholics who must learn to live their Catholic values more completely in the midst of a very secular society. St. Thomas More’s feast day is June 22nd.