Our 2020 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 Criminal Justice.  She enjoys volunteering and was re-elected  President of the Catholic Student Association last month.

Joao Garretto

Vice President, 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. 

Leslie Mashonga

Social Chair, CSA

Leslie Mashonga is from Youngstown and is majoring in Civil Engineering. He has offered to assist the Newman Center with with Outreach Projects, Mass duties and Bible Studies.

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.

Timothy McClelland

Spiritual Chair, CSA

Tim is a regular at our Newman Center Masses helping out with serving and acting as Eucharistic Minister.

He is a Civil Engineering Major and will graduate in 2023.

How can YSU students get involved?

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

Outreach Projects

Continuing this Spring!!   We are always looking for volunteers for the YSU PROJECT OUTREACH 2020. 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!!


Our joint FALL RETREAT with Kent State Newman Center was Friday through Sunday, November 8th, 9th, and 10th. We had a great time with our break out sessions, prayers, card games, gourmet meals and free time!  Check out the pictures in our Gallery!  Thank you to all who came and we are really looking forward to next year! Thank you to the staff and students at Kent State Newman Center!

Table Of Plenty

We will be continuing  our TABLE OF PLENTY dinners (totally free!) every Wednesday night at 6pm. when Spring semester begins in January. Join us every Wednesday for a hot meal and fellowship resuming on January 15th.  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 Spring 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