Newman Centers welcome new directors

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, 316 E. Kansas City Street, Rapid City, 
Hours: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Mass times: Sunday 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.; Monday-Friday Noon
Events: Small group Bible studies, formation on discipleship, Sunday suppers, and open mic night coffeehouses.

—SEEK21 will be hosted February 4-7. Local FOCUS missionaries will be putting on a local SEEK conference for students in the area. The purpose of SEEK is to help students encounter Christ, rediscover our purpose for living, grow in confidence to share the Gospel, and go deeper into amazing friendships along the way.

Meet the Director: Frank Birkholt began work as the Director for the Rapid City Newman Center on December 1. A member of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hot Springs, Birkholt serves as a lector, altar server and greeter, and is a second year master’s student in the Veritatis Splendor Institute. As an alumnus of SDSM&T, he is excited to work with the students and staff of the university.

“I hope they inspire me to faithfulness and growth as a spiritual student and mentor,” he said. “I hope to learn from observing their search for Jesus how my search continues every second of my life.

“This is a fantastic facility and the commitment from the pastoral staff to growth in personal spirituality is inspiring. I am blessed to be called to help in the continued development of RC Newman. We have much work to do to become financially autonomous and it is a challenge I look forward to.”

Black Hills State University, 814 W. King Street, Spearfish,
Hours: Every day 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Mass Times: Sunday 6 p.m.; Tuesday, 7 p.m.; Thursday 5:30 p.m. (all Masses limited to students only)
Events: Small group Bible studies and meals following liturgies on Thursday and Sundays

—Annual Spring Soiree is temporarily scheduled for April 17

Meet the Director: Hannah Lucina wanted to work in ministry because, “because I really enjoy the possibility of growing in my faith as well as helping others grow in theirs. More specifically, I wanted to work at the Newman Center because college is such an important stage in life that determines so much, and I want to help the students here truly grow into authentic men and women in their Catholic faith.”

A cradle Catholic, Lucina did not have a prayer relationship with the Lord because she didn’t understand what that looked like and, “didn’t care enough to seek that out.” Later, in high school and especially college, she learned that forming that relationship changed her life for the better. She attended a Catholic university with a chapel where she attended Mass and campus ministry programs.

“The most impactful part was that I met some amazing people who really inspired me and helped me to form my spiritual life in college.”