About Us

Our Mission Statement

To be transformed through an encounter with the Spirit of Truth and the Love of God

Our Newman Values

  • Building Community
  • Seeking Truth Together
  • Availability / A Space to Breathe
  • Formation of Faith
  • Cultivating Gifts & Forming Leaders
  • Open Communication

2023-2024 Theme

Jesus said: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength” and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Mark 12:30-31


Our History

Welcome to the St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center, serving the University of Arizona Catholic community and surrounding Tucson area.

Our Catholic campus ministry began back in 1926 as “The Newman Club.” Our roots began with a humble house and a chapel located near 3rd Street and Cherry, now the home of the Flandrau Planetarium.

In 1951, our first chaplain, Fr. Frederic Curry, paved the way for our first expansion with support of Bishop Gerke. The 1926 Center was expanded to include a 50-seat chapel, a 300-seat hall, cafeteria, library, offices for priests and administrators, and dedicated spaces for students. In honor of Fr. Curry’s exceptional leadership, we proudly named the Curry Classroom at our current Newman Center, ensuring his legacy lives on.

In the 1960’s, the Newman Center relocated from its original spot on 3rd and Cherry, and found its current home on 2nd and Cherry. This relocation was made possible through the Diocese of Tucson’s acquisition of the land from the University of Arizona, igniting some controversy about the role of religion on public university campuses. Our present-day chapel stands on this site, as well as the adjacent cottages and adobe apartments which have served as administrative offices, a convent for the sisters, and student apartments.

On May 10, 1964, under the direction of Newman chaplain Fr. Robert Graff, our current Newman Center was blessed and dedicated by Bishop Francis Green.

In 1968, Bishop Green extended an invitation to the Dominicans of the Central Province to serve as Chaplains. The administration was transferred to the Western Dominican Province in 1980, with Fr. Tom DeMan serving as Pastor. The presence of the Domincan priests from the Western Province is a tradition that continues to this day. We have also been blessed with the presence and service of the Dominican Sisters of Oakland and, most recently, the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. The Newman center continues to be guided by The Order of Preachers’ four pillars: Prayer, Community, Service, and Preaching.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Newman Center Located?

The Newman Center is located at 2nd and Cherry. It is at the second to last stop on the Sunlink Streetcar going east. For more information about our location and parking see here.

Is there Parking at the Newman Center?

Yes, parking is available on weekends and after 5 pm on weekdays. To park at Newman during the week, we ask that you purchase a parking permit from the Newman Center. To learn more about parking, see here.

What is a Newman Center?


A Newman Center is a Catholic campus ministry at a public university, which seeks to allow Catholic students to attend a public university with an environment and community that supports their Catholic faith and encourages them to grow deeper in faith and relationship with God. Newman Centers began in 1883 when a group of students at the University of Wisconsin decided to meet regularly to discuss their faith after encountering professors who criticized the Catholic Church. These types of clubs spread to other public universities, but didn’t have the Newman name until a student club in 1893 at the University of Pennsylvania decided to name theirs after Saint John Henry Newman, who was an English Cardinal and scholar in the 1800s.

To find out more about Saint John Henry Newman, go to Saints.SQPN.com.

Who is St. Thomas More?


St. Thomas More was an English lawyer and statesman (Lord Chancellor) until he was martyred in 1535. Find out more at Saints.SQPN.com.