Our History

The mission of the Catholic Newman Center is to bring students and faculty of Black Hills State University to Jesus Christ through the Gospel and full participation in the life of the Church, challenging them to be faithful disciples and preparing them for their Christian mission in the world.


The Newman Club offers an opportunity for great fellowship, prayer, spiritual growth, service, fun activities and a family atmosphere while attending school. Msgr. Woster, and Fr. Mark Horn will help our group find room for Christ in a busy campus life.  The Club meets every second Tuesday and fourth Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:00 pm on campus in the Student Union.

  • The Saint Joseph Newman Center in Spearfish became reality in 2004
  • The Newman Club, which is a recognized student organization of Black Hills State University, has existed on and off since the early 1950’s.
  • BHSU campus is the third largest public university in South Dakota
  • Enrollment of approximately 4500 students.
  • It is estimated that 15 percent, or nearly 700 students are Catholic

The Newman leadership’s objective is to build a Newman Center that is more accessible and visible to the students and faculty at the Black Hills State University campus, and to support and strengthen the faith of the Catholic students and young adults during a critical transitional time of their lives. It is our hope that the students will take the spiritual gifts they have received through their ministries and share those gifts with others wherever their careers and vocations lead them. We are committed to serving the spiritual needs of all students and faculty who choose to be part of the Newman Center family.


Newman Club Members

Student Officers

Jack Nelson

Tourism and Hospitality
Junior from
Omaha, NE

Krista Steinbeisser

Exercise Science PT
and Psychology
Junior from
Sidney. MT

Jessica Kirby

Sophomore from
Newell, SD

Shannon Maher

Promotions Officer
Mass Communication
Senior from
Rapid City, SD

Marisa Sokoloski

Exercise science
Junior from
Wibaux, MT




Newman Center Staff

Msgr. Woster

Msgr. Woster

Newman Center Chaplain

Taylor Lynn

Newman Center Director
Kristin Thompson

Kristin Thompson

Development Director



Newman Center Advisory Board

Walt & Ramona Saubers
Bill & Linda Hughes
Ken Barker
Mitch Chapel
Dick Grady
Susan Hupp




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