Our 2019 Catholic Student Association Officers

We Are Here To Serve You!

Kayla Phares

President, CSA

Kayla Phares is a Junior from Ashtabula, Ohio and is majoring in Forensic Science.  She enjoys volunteering and was elected  President of the Catholic Student Association last month.

Victoria Russo

Vice President, CSA

Victoria Russo comes to Youngstown State University from Hermitage, Pa.  She is a Senior majoring in Dietetics and will be assisting Kayla with Outreach Projects & Fundraising. 

Joao Garretto

Spiritual Chair, CSA

Joao Garretto comes all the way from Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  He is in his Junior year majoring in Electrical Engineering. He plays on the YSU Tennis Team and enjoys Adoration. 

Lora Latessa

Service Chair, CSA

Lora Latessa is from Youngstown, Ohio and is a Senior.  She is majoring in Early Childhood Education.

She also loves to volunteer and has assisted with many fundraising activities.

Sarah-Elizabeth Odidika

Social Chair, CSA

How can YSU students get involved?

Below are some of the events that will help you in your Faith Walk!

Outreach Projects

Continuing this Fall!!   We are always looking for volunteers for the YSU PROJECT OUTREACH 2019. This entails helping the homeless and those in need  of our area. This project will be in conjunction with other student organizations.  Our next run will be text blasted if you are interested in helping out.  To join our text blast, please email us your info at [email protected]  Thanks!!

PUMPKIN PATCH PROJECT is Wednesday, October 23rd - Thanks to those who helped out!


Our joint FALL RETREAT with Kent State Newman Center will be Friday through Sunday, November 8th, 9th, and 10th. We will leave the Newman Center on Madison Avenue Friday afternoon, and head up to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, where we will stay for three days and two nights. Meals and transportation is provided with your $40 fee.  We will return to Youngstown in time for Sunday Mass at 7 pm.  Join us and refresh your relationship with the Lord.

Table Of Plenty

We will be continuing  our TABLE OF PLENTY dinners (totally free!) every Wednesday night at 6pm. when Fall semester begins this August. Join us every Wednesday for a hot meal and fellowship beginning Wednesday, August 21, 2019.  Bring a can of food or a non-perishable for our food pantry that we are building!  These goods will be given out on PROJECT OUTREACH food runs! Thank you! 


Thank you to all the students who volunteered all last semester at Dorothy Day House!  The cooking, serving, and cleaning up was fun and everyone was so appreciative and thankful.  The outdoor events have been successful as well! We are planning meals throughout the Fall semester, so stay tuned for details, and join us for some food, fellowship and fun!

Discover What We are About!

A Message From Father Chidi

Rev. Fr. Chidi Ogbuagu has been a priest for the past 18 years and is now with the Youngstown Diocese.  He is Director of Mission and Values Integration at Mercy Health and his philosophy embodies contemporary spirituality; that God is alive in our midst and we, as members of the body of Christ, can be truly present in serving one another on our spiritual journeys.

Hear From One of Our Students

Joseph Sebest is a recent business graduate of YSU and has been involved with the Newman Center for his entire student career. He held the CSA position of social chair and was also the Administrative Assistant for the Newman Center.  His work ethic, coupled with a natural sense of citizenship, displays the honorable characteristics of a true Christian.  

The Newman Center Calendar