University of Rochester's Catholic Newman Community

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Special Masses

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

12/8 | 12:30pm | Sanctuary

Day of Penance

12/8 | 2-4pm | River Level

12/8 | 6-9pm | River Level

Our Lady of Guadalupe

12/12 | 2pm | Sanctuary

Mass will be celebrated in Spanish with Fr. Carlos Sanchez

Newman Celebrates Christmas

12/13 | 6-9pm | River Level

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Confirmation / Becoming Catholic:

Want to be Confirmed? Become Catholic? Know someone who does? Do you know someone who has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic? Not been confirmed? Wants to learn more about the Catholic faith? Newman offers an opportunity to come together in a small group to learn more about our faith and prepare for these Sacraments. For information please contact the campus minister, Anne Thomas, at athomas1@ur.rochester.edu.


Please e-mail Fr. Cool (bcool@admin.rochester.edu) to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession so that you can arrange a personal time around your schedule to celebrate this beautiful Sacrament.

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2015 Bulletins

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Mass Schedule


10:30am River Level, Interfaith Chapel

7:00pm River Level, Interfaith Chapel


10:00pm at Susan B. Anthony Dorm, Friel Lounge

We keep all of the supplies together, and we supply the priest... all we need to add is YOU and we've got a community to celebrate Mass together! Free pizza follows Mass. Come join us!

Special Masses:

Special masses are held for Holy days of obligation and at other times throughout the year. Please see the Newman Calendar for mass times and locations.


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“What you are is God's gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.”― Hans Urs von Balthasar

  • About Us

    For more than 80 years, the Catholic Newman Community has ministered to the University of Rochester and has strengthened Catholic life for over 7500 students. We are a close-knit family comprising 5 staff members and many student leaders who welcome all individuals interested in balancing faith and reason through a relationship with Christ.


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The People Behind Newman

  • Team Member

    Fr. Brian C. Cool

    Fr. Cool has served at Rochester since 1999 and currently chairs the Diocese of Rochester’s Public Policy Committee and serves on the New York State Bishop’s Public Policy Committee. An avid Syracuse University sports fan, Fr. Cool is a high school and collegiate lacrosse referee. He has degrees from Nazareth College, St. Mary’s Seminary and the University of Rochester.

    Team Member

    Anne Thomas

    After a brief career in education, Anne followed a call to Church lay ministry starting in 2011. Most recently, she enjoyed time as a young adult minister at St. Christopher’s Church with special outreach to students at Roberts Wesleyan College in Chili, New York. Pleased to join Newman staff she is not a newcomer to the Newman Community at the University of Rochester. Away from campus, Anne can found studying at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry where she is pursuing a Master’s of Pastoral Studies, or watching science fiction television and movies with her husband.

    Team Member

    Karen Anvelt

    After thirteen years as administrative assistant to the Dean of the Medical Center, Karen began work at Newman in 2000. A very talented administrator, her responsibilities include managing our budget, annual appeals, database and student workers. Karen and her husband live in Pittsford where they have raised three wonderful children; Her daughter, a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, now a NYC schoolteacher. Her son who attends Canisius College, and her youngest daughter, who will be a senior in high school.

  • Team Member

    Chris Doser

    Chris Doser is a fifth-year student at the University of Rochester, pursuing music performance, music education, and applied mathematics. He is an aspiring music teacher and administrator. He was a competitive swimmer at the University of Rochester where he served as captain for two years. Chris has been involved with the St. Sebastian’s Society for three years, two of which he was a participating captain for the club. He continues his involvement with St. Sebastian’s society as their Program Coordinator.

    Team Member

    Deacon Craig

    A graduate of St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry, Craig was ordained in 2009. Joining Craig in his ministry is his wife Shirley of almost 40 years. They have one son who is a ESM Graduate and musician living in Dallas, TX. Craig is a retired educator and holds a Doctorate in Education from the University at Buffalo. Craig provides pastoral care for patients at the UR Medical Center and outreach to graduate and medical students. In his spare time, he enjoys boating, hiking, and time spent at the family cottage.

    Team Member

    Taylor Watson

    Taylor is a senior working towards a double degree in Economics and US Military Policy and Culture. A military brat, the unique challenges and experiences the lifestyle brought contributed much to her faith. Newman has become her adopted home while at Rochester. In addition to her involvement at Newman, Taylor serves on the Student Leadership Institute committee and is the Public Affairs Chair on Judicial Council. When she's not studying or having conversations with people, she can be found with a book, baking pie or running along the Genesee.

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