The Groundbreaking Ceremony for the St. Paul Newman Center was held on Monday, June 24. Over 125 people were in attendance to celebrate this momentous occasion as the long awaited project begins. Special guests in attendance included Rev. James Cheney, Newman Center Pastor & Director; Dean Bresciani, NDSU President; Tim Mahoney, Fargo Mayor, Most Rev. John Folda, Bishop of the Fargo Diocese; Jim Roers, CEO of Roers and Larry Nygard, President of Roers Development.
In 1928, the first religious organization of the campus of North Dakota State University was established. The current facility was constructed in 1958, and has grown to serve thousands of students. With the growth of the NDSU campus and the thriving campus ministry of St. Paul’s Newman Center, there is a need to build a new facility to better serve the community. The groundbreaking of the new chapel and the student housing project, to begin at a later date, will serve the campus with the ever growing needs and continue to serve the community in a great capacity.