About Us

Pius XII Newman Center is the Catholic mission to South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. Founded in 1960 under Bishop Lambert Hoch and with the direction of Father, now Monsignor Richard Mahowald, Pius XII Newman Center strives to provide a safe place for Catholic students at SDSU.


Located on the intersection of 14th Ave and 8th St and right across from Brown Hall, Pius XII Newman Center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week allowing students place to study, play, and pray in the midst of college life. College is increasingly difficult and challenging to students who come to campus with open hearts and minds. Pius XII Newman Center provides Catholic formation through the Sacraments, Sacred Scripture, and various educational opportunities to learn Jesus’ answers to the questions of our own day.


Faculty, staff, and other community members are welcome to join in this mission of forming and supporting the future leaders of the Church and our community. The current director is Father Andrew Dickinson. He is assisted by Michele Sage, secretary, Julie Lambert, Alumni Relations Director, and the FOCUS team under the direction of Dylan Reinhardt.


Our Mission:

Pius XII Newman Center is an embassy of the Catholic faith to the campus of South Dakota State University, providing refuge, culture, and formation for college students, faculty, and staff.


Refuge is often necessary due to the hectic demands of college life. Students are free to come to Pius XII Newman Center to play, relax, and study. The chapel is open 24/7 to provide refuge from the spiritual and emotional attacks of college life. Priest directors, missionaries, and student leaders are also available for counseling, direction, and discipleship.


Culture is how we look at the world. Pius XII Newman Center looks at the world through a Catholic lens: faithful to Sacraments, Scripture, and the Pope. Daily adoration, communal praying of the Liturgy of the Hours, daily Mass, frequent confession, FOCUS bible studies, and various education opportunities help our students to develop that Catholic vision of life.


Formation is education of the whole person beyond the preparation for a trade or craft. Through FOCUS discipleship, spiritual direction, Newman Ambassadors and other opportunities, Pius XII Newman Center wants to form future leaders for the Church. Graduates from SDSU and Pius XII Newman Center should know how to cooperate with their pastors to lead in outreach to the sick, widowed, fallen-away, and youthful members of their parishes. Pius XII Newman Center is also committed to helping men and women discern their vocation to the priesthood, religious life, or holy marriage.


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