History At a Glance
The Catholic Campus Ministry at UB began in 1936 through the Newman Center on the South Campus as part of a national Catholic movement on secular college campuses called Newman Clubs. The community that formed in the Newman Center merged with St. Joseph Church in the 1970's to form a new community renamed St. Joseph University Parish. When undergraduate studies moved to the North Campus, Catholic Campus Ministry transitioned to accommodate students on both campuses. The Newman Center relocated to the North Campus, and St. Joseph University Parish continued to provide parish-based, nationally recognized/credited campus ministry for students on the South Campus. When the JSMBS moved from South Campus to the Downtown Medical Campus in 2018, St. Joseph University Parish recommitted itself to continue to minister to the students, faculty, and staff of both the University Heights neighborhood and JSMBS, past, present, and future.
Catholic Campus Ministry serves the University at Buffalo today as a combination of the Newman Center and St. Joseph University Parish, collectively known as UB Catholic. UB Catholic is a place to experience community, explore spirituality, and discover ways to serve others through a faith that does justice. We offer dynamic and reverent worship, compassionate pastoral care, and opportunities for transformative volunteer service, spiritual retreats, theological discussions, social justice advocacy, free meals, and more.
If you have a question or an idea of something you would like to see happen in campus ministry, please contact one of our campus ministers.