Greetings from the Newman Center!

It's definitely Autumn, which (as we all know) means lots of changes--changes in the weather, changing leaves...and changes at the Newman Center too!  My name is Cindy Cheshire and I am the new Campus Minister at  the Newman Center.  I come to you most recently from Juneau, Alaska but before that I studied Biblical and Theological Studies at North Park University in Chicago, IL and I've been blessed to have had some pretty amazing experiences serving at missions in Chile and Bolivia, studying at Oxford University and Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, and traveling as much as possible.   I am so pleased to be serving the young adults of Keene, and I can already see God doing big things this year!  My goal is to provide as diverse an offering as possible at the Newman Center so that every young adult (it's not just for students!) finds something to help them reinvigorate and deepen their faith.  Here are a few offerings:

Weekly Brunch--Join us every week on the steps outside St. Bernard's after the 11:15 am Mass and we'll walk over to the Newman Center together for fellowship and food!  

Small Groups--Dive into your faith, make some close friendships and learn more about yourself through our Small Groups!  This year, the Newman Center is pleased to offer two groups:  one for young men, led by Antioch graduate student Matt Young; and one for young women, led by Campus Minister Cindy Cheshire.  We'll be reading "Wild at Heart" for the guys and "Captivating" for the ladies, two relatively short and incredibly easy-to-read books that inspire us to unleash our truest selves as men and women of Christ.

Theology on Tap--Join us each month at a local bar or pub to enjoy a pint and lively conversation about a theological topic!  Our first gathering is coming up, so keep your eyes peeled for announcements and posters! (Obviously, these events are only for young adults aged 21 and older)

Special Events--Feast days, symposiums on hot topics, movie nights, and community events are planned throughout the year.  Stay tuned for more information!

If you are interested in any of the opportunities above, or want to learn more about me or the Newman Center, feel free to contact me via email at or just drop by my office--it's located in the basement of the Clairvaux Center, in the first room to the right.  Or, you can also check out our new and improved blog at  I'm looking forward to seeing you this year at the Newman Center!

Pax Christi,

Cindy Cheshire


The Newman Center for Keene State College

newman.jpg The Newman Center for Keene State College ministers to all college students and young adults in the area. The Newman Center is named for Blessed John Henry Newman, who in his writings encouraged the creation of societies for Catholic students at secular universities, in order that they may have a place to gather to encourage and support each other in the faith. Although The Newman Center is a ministry of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester, we minister to all students and young adults, regardless of their religious affiliation or lack thereof. Our primary ministry is to Keene State College students, but we also welcome Antioch University and River Valley Community College students, as well as young adults in their twenties. All are welcome. Catholic Campus Ministry and Young Adult Ministry at The Newman Center also is blessed to be able to participate in the sacramental and parish life of St. Bernard Church, which is part of the Parish of the Holy Spirit, together with the St. Margaret Mary in West Keene and Immaculate Conception in Troy. The Newman Center is located off Main Street one block north of the Keene State College campus in the Clairvaux Center, on the campus of St. Bernard Church. Located on the lower floor, our facilities include a meeting room with comfortable couches, a pool table, a piano and a full kitchen. Upstairs from The Newman Center is the Adoration Chapel as well as the lending library of the Catholic Faith Formation Center.  


The Newman Student Organization


img2013.jpg The Newman Student Organization (NSO) is the Keene State College Student Organization which meets at the Newman Center to socialize and explore student life, culture, prayer and community from a Catholic perspective. All students are welcome, regardless of religious affiliation or lack thereof. The NSO depends in the participation and input of the students to plan and organize social events, opportunities for communal prayer, retreats, service projects in the community and beyond, as well as bible studies, and opportunities to learn about our faith.
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Newman Center Cooperators

Newman Cooperators are parishioners or Catholic KSC faculty or staff members who would you like get involved with campus ministry at the Newman Center. What we have found over the years is that many of our college students, many of whom worship with us every Sunday for nine months out of the year continue to feel like they are just visitors to our parish who are just passing through. You can make a difference by assisting our college students to find their spiritual home-away-from-home in our parish while they are at College at Keene State. If you are a parishioner or staff/faculty member who would like to assist, go to the COOPERATOR  page for more info.

Contact Information:

Cindy Cheshire, Director of the Newman Center
Clairvaux Center, 1st floor
161 Main Street
Keene, NH 03431
Tel: 603-357-1444

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