Our 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 WINTER!!   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 is coming up Saturday, March 23rd at 2pm.  Volunteers can help make chili, sandwiches, and coffee and the give away will be in the Dorothy Day parking lot from 4-5pm.  

Sessions/Retreats

Our joint SPRING RETREAT with Kent State Newman Center is tentatively slated for Friday, April 12th and Saturday, April 13th, at Villa Marie.  Are you interested?  Stop by the Center for more details or call us at 330-747-9202.  The Fall Retreat was a great success and we are looking forward to seeing you all come back!!

Table Of Plenty

We are continuing  our TABLE OF PLENTY dinners (totally free!) every Wednesday night at 6pm. It has been comfort food and plenty of it!! Join us every Wednesday for a meal and fellowship.

LENT-SEASON OF TRANSFORMATION Study Series will be starting Wed. March 20th and be a 3 week study series after dinner.......COME JOIN US!

DOROTHY DAY HOUSE Dinner Project Feb 20

Thank you to all the students who came to help on Wednesday, February 20th when we prepared a great meal and fed 73 people at the Dorothy Day House.  The cooking, serving, and cleaning up was fun and everyone was so appreciative and thankful.  We will be planning another meal soon so stop by on a Wednesday Table of Plenty night for details!

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