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Building Fund | St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Newman Community serving UNLV

Building Fund


While we have the spirit of a Catholic identity resonating with the students at our Newman Center, we are missing the one thing that distinguishes us as a place of Catholic worship: a chapel.




What we currently have is a multi-purpose room that functions as a temporary chapel on Sundays and a gathering space for our student activities during the week.  Furthermore, our current building lacks any features distinguishing it as a place of worship.


Our lack of a permanent and prominent sacred Catholic space is a deterrent for many students looking to experience their faith in a traditional setting.


A 2005 Georgetown University affiliated study found that students who participate in campus ministry are 82% more likely to attend Mass after they graduate. *

While we do attract some students, our Newman Center staff is unable to reach many other Catholics on the UNLV campus.

We would be in a stronger position to reach those students with a Catholic chapel.


Our plan is to raise $1.9 million to construct a 4,500 square foot chapel addition to our current building.  That breaks down to $422 per square foot.

AS OF MAY 7, 2014, WE HAVE RAISED $804,843.81! 


Monthly payments over the course of one year come out to $35.17.

Is this a commitment you can make?




Thank you so much for your dedication to the Newman Center.  With your help, one day, we will see the cross standing high on top of our chapel.  Standing in witness to the University.

If you would like to make a pledge towards the capital campaign larger or smaller than a square foot, please contact Rhoel Ternate, Development Director, by calling him at 702-767-4357 or emailing him at ternate@unlvnewman.com

Final Note:  The Newman Center believes strongly in transparency.  If you would like to look at any of our budgets or income projections, all you have to do is ask.

*According to a report entitled, “The Impact of Catholic Campus Ministry on the Beliefs and Worship Practices of U.S. Catholic,” published by the Center for the Applied Research of the Apostolate in Fall of 2005


Lat Edited on 5.25.14 by Brittany