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

Coming this Fall!  We are 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.  Sign up sheets are in our student lobby here at the Newman Center.


Our joint FALL RETREAT with Kent State Newman Center and Walsh University was a great success and enjoyed by all who attended!  Thank you to all who attended!  The midnight hike seemed to be everyone's favorite activity along with the sessions on Grace and Prayer.  The home-cooked meals were the BEST!!

Table Of Plenty

We are continuing  our TABLE OF PLENTY dinners (totally free!) every Wednesday night at 6pm. We have had fun cooking on the grill, making grilled cheese sandwiches and pasta & meatballs!  Join us every Wednesday for a meal and fellowship!


Join us for Adoration here at the Newman Center every Monday night beginning October 8th at 7:45 pm.  (YSU is closed Monday, November 12th, so there will not be Adoration that evening.)

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