Next 50 Years
The overarching goal of the Newman Center's Next 50 Years initiative is to set this ministry up for success and growth for the immediate and far-reaching future so that St. Thomas More Newman Center can be nationally recognized as an excellent model of campus ministry in a state-of-the-art facility.
Dream big with us!
We want to hear from you - what are your hopes and visions of the Newman Center of the future? Share your thoughts with our online survey (only four questions!) These are the same questions we asked in the focus groups last fall, so if you have already participated you do not have to fill out this survey.
Next 50 Years Prayer
Almighty and gracious God,
We give thanks for the many gifts that you have given us,
And you have invited us to share our gifts and to spread your Kingdom here at The Ohio State University.
We ask that you send forth your Holy Spirit upon all of us,
To lead us and guide us as we plan for the future of this community through the Next 50 Years.
Open the hearts and minds of each person who participates in this process,
To see the broadness of your horizons in our midst,
So that our plan reflects your intentions.
May the seeds we plant here today
Prosper holiness in others for the sake of your Kingdom.
We ask all this through the intercession of St. Paul the Apostle, St. Mary Magdalene, and St. Thomas More,
Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Quarterly Report - May 2022
Next quarterly report will be Aug. 2022
Feb. 2022 report
Feb. 2022 report
Next 50 Years FAQs
The History & the Future of the Newman Center
What are the Next 50 Years Teams doing now?
The Next 50 Years teams are in the process of collecting information and defining goals which will help determine future plans for the Newman Center. Volunteer leaders are currently analyzing feedback from all the Newman Center's ministries, interviewing representatives from other Newman Centers, taking stock of our building's maintenance needs, and reviewing financial records. They are conducting thorough research before any concrete plans are developed. Those plans might require investment in people, programs, and physical facilities.
How long will this process take?
We are at the early stages of a years-long process. Updates will be posted at BuckeyeCatholic.com/next50.
Do we have to get approval from the Diocese of Columbus for any building modifications or construction planning?
Yes, the Newman Center will communicate directly with the Diocese during these study efforts, and work to prepare information according to the Diocesan Planning/Construction and Finance Policy Guide for any formal submittals.
Is the NEwman Center currently conducting a fundraising campaign for the NExt 50 Years initiative?
No, there is no active campaign currently. We anticipate a campaign as our needs and plans are defined.
Will alternative worship space need to be considered during either a remodel or rebuild?
Yes. While we are still in the early stages, the committee has begun discussing options for alternative worship and storage space, along with associated costs.
Can I be part of the faith life / architectural design / campaign fundraising / finance / communications subcommittee?
Yes! If you are interested in generously volunteering your time and talents, please contact one of the team chairs. We are particularly looking for undergraduate or graduate student participation.
besides participating in one of the Volunteer teams, how can i share my thoughts and feedback about the past, present, and future of the newman center?
The Faith Life team has developed a survey where community members can share their insights. The survey is available at BuckeyeCatholic.com/next50.
I have a question that is not answered here. Whom should I ask?
Please submit your question using the form at BuckeyeCatholic.com/next50. This FAQ section will be updated as the process continues, and we would be happy to answer your question and add it here!
How can I get the latest news about the Next 50 Years initiative?
Quarterly reports with the latest updates will be posted to BuckeyeCatholic.com/next50. If you would like additional information, we invite you to reach out to a volunteer team chair, or reach out to us using the form for questions and comments above.
If you have additional questions, please fill out the Question/Comment form above. Thank you!
October 2021 Townhall
The Newman Center hosted a townhall meeting on Oct. 6, 2021 to discuss the Next 50 Years initiative. This informative townhall meeting covered the goal of the Next 50 Years team, reviewed a summary of our recent Focus Group conversations, and provided information on how we plan to move forward. Check out the video of the townhall meeting. You can also fill out this quick form to Get Involved!