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Recent news and musings by the Catholic Center


Heupel OConnor Wedding Homily

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 at 10:28 pm
Homily preached for John Heupel and Shannon O’Connor (SDSU alumna 2016) at their wedding Mass at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, June 1, 2018. God bless them both!



Trinity Sunday Homily 2018

Posted by on May 30, 2018 at 4:28 pm

Why would God care about us?

Homily for Trinity Sunday, 2018. Readings found here.



Job Opening for Secretary/Bookkeeper

Posted by on Apr 7, 2018 at 7:31 pm
  • Secretary/Bookkeeper position at Pius XII Catholic Newman Center.

    Pius XII Catholic Newman Center invites applications for the position of Secretary and Bookkeeper. The successful candidate will possess skills in data management, bookkeeping, organization, scheduling, and word processing. They will also have a friendly disposition for first contact with students, parents, and alumni, whether on the phone or walking in the door. This full time position includes benefits. Interested applicants can send a cover letter and resume to Fr. Andrew Dickinson at 1321 8th St., Brookings, SD 57006 or by email, frandrewdickinson [at]



Palm Sunday Homily 2018

Posted by on Mar 26, 2018 at 4:54 pm
In the person of St. Dismas, we see how the “Yes” of Jesus on the Cross of Calvary can still strengthen our own “yes” to the Father, so that what we say of St. Dismas may be said of us. “Every saint has a past and every sinner a future.”


Readings taken from Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, 2018.



2nd Sunday of Lent 2018 Homily

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 at 9:16 pm

Who are we and why do we do what we do?

As Catholics, we do things not JUST to be good, but because we are beloved children of our Heavenly Father.

Readings from the 2nd Sunday of Lent, find them here.



1st Sunday of Lent 2018 Homily

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 at 9:38 pm

There is no cheat code for holiness and salvation.

Good. Let us begin!



Ash Wednesday Homily 2018

Posted by on at 9:34 pm

What is wrong with the world?

The Christian answers, “I am.”





Repay to Caesar…homily 10/22/2017

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 at 6:40 pm

Jesus tells us to “repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” How do we understand this famous passage?


Homily from 6:30pm Mass on 10/22/2017. Readings taken from the 29th Sunday in Ordinary time- find them here.



New Hire at Pius XII Newman Center

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 at 3:01 pm
Pius XII Newman Center is pleased to announce the creation of an Alumni Relations Director. Julie Lambert, of Madison, SD, begins this new chapter in the Catholic mission to SDSU.
Julie is a wife and mother with many years experience in sales, journalism, and business. She comes to this position with a desire to put her gifts and talents at the service of the Catholic Church. Having sent four children through college, including two Jackrabbits, she is sensitive to the need to provide dynamic and powerful campus ministry.
The Alumni Relations Director that Julie fills was created to empower our Catholic Jacks alumni to develop our Newman Center ministry. We know what motivated alumni can do for a university, but we’ve never harnessed our alumni in this way. Through Julie’s work of motivating and engaging our alumni, Pius XII Newman Center will be able to better fulfill its mission to bring the Catholic faith to SDSU.
If you’d like to visit with Julie, contact her by phone: 605-270-9877 or email: CatholicJacksAlumni [at]



Cling to goodness, beauty, and truth.

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 at 3:01 pm

Why does it seem like things that we should obviously hold on to are actually HARD to recognize and keep when they cross our path? Lord, give us the grace to discover the SPLENDOR of truth!



Homily preached at Pius XII Newman Center, 6:30pm Mass on 9/17/17. Readings for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time.


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