Our tiny Newman Center at the University of Minnesota Duluth amazingly reaches hundreds of students, faculty, and more – both on campus and the surrounding colleges and communities – all while housed in a 1950s, split-level home. But the space is so small there are times we literally have to turn people away, like for Sunday Mass, where we can’t fit more than 60 people in the converted garage that serves as our chapel.
Blessed to have Fr. Mike Schmitz on staff, the videos and podcasts he creates have nearly 700 million views and downloads from around the world! But all his work is produced in our “chapel,” a small office, or our kitchen.
Despite the limitations of our facilities, bulldogCatholic has made a meaningful difference in so many lives in our local community, across the nation, and around the world (see below). But we know we could be reaching so many more to help inspire and form our next generation of Catholic leaders!
Please, help us grow, to become a “city upon a hill” – a beacon that will illuminate the hearts and minds of those on campus and beyond, bringing them closer to Christ, to build up His Church.
bulldogCatholic Quick Facts
- Over 77 million views of Father Mike’s Ascensions Presents videos
- Over 580 million downloads of The Bible in a Year podcast
- Over 65 million downloads of The Catechism in a Year podcast
- 22 Catholic sons and daughters have chosen to enter religious life
- 62 people have entered the Church through the UMD Newman Center’s RCIA (18 in 2022-23 alone)
- 400 couples have prepared for the sacrament of matrimony (many of whom met their spouses here)
Please give as much as you can, and know that if everyone we reach out to gave just $30 we’d reach our goal!
Outgrowing your facilities can be a “good problem” … until it isn’t.
We cannot complain one iota about how our community has responded to our mission. But we’ll also never know if our limitations meant a young man who was at the end of his rope and wanted to meet Jesus turned away because we ran out of room.
We’ll never know if a young woman seeking answers to life’s biggest questions was forced to seek them somewhere else.
We’ll never know the true cost of losing another opportunity to speak compassion and truth to millions online because our “studio” wasn’t available for lack of space for hospitality or adoration.