About Us

Welcome to the Saint John Henry Newman Chapel and Catholic Student Center, of the Diocese of Colorado Springs.

Our Mission

Forming lifelong missionary disciples in Truth, Beauty, and Goodness.

What’s a Newman Center?

Newman Centers are facilities located on or near secular college and university campuses throughout the United States, helping young adults come to and remain in the Catholic faith.

Who is St. John Henry Newman?

St. John Henry Newman (1801-1890) was an English theologian and a leader of the Oxford Movement, which encouraged the Church of England to restore many Catholic doctrines and liturgical practices abandoned during the English Protestant Reformation. Newman, an Anglican, converted to the Catholic faith at age 44, and subsequently became a priest and a cardinal. He is renowned for his work as a religious leader and a rector of the Catholic University of Ireland. During this time, he authored his seminal work, Idea of a University, a persuasive defense of liberal education for its own sake.

Meet the Team

Read about our staff and partners here.

Rev. Kyle T. Ingels

Director of Campus Ministry
Director of Vocations

A native of Colorado Springs, Fr Kyle Ingels serves as the Director of Campus Ministry and Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Colorado Springs. He has served as Chaplain for the Catholic Student Center at the University of Maryland and as Pastor of Ascension Parish in Bowie, Maryland. Fr Kyle graduated from The Catholic University of America and Mount St. Mary's Seminary and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Washington, DC in 2005. Fr Kyle is a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a past member of the Alumni Board of Governors for The Catholic University of America, and serves as the proud chaplain for the Diocesan Serra Club.

After moving back to Colorado in late 2013 to serve as the first full time priest for Campus Ministry, he formally joined the Diocese of Colorado Springs in 2016.

Deacon Chris Phelps

Deacon assigned to Campus Ministry

I am Deacon Chris Phelps. I have been ordained since June 2011. Since my ordination, I have spent a considerable amount of time teaching – adults, college students, high school students, middle school students, and those preparing to receive their sacraments. There are two areas that I have spent a lot of time studying and teaching: St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and the Sacred Liturgy.

I have been married to my wife, Becki, for more than 30 years. We have three sons and seven grandchildren. We have lived in Colorado Springs over 25 years and it is truly our home.

Professionally, I am a Project Manager for a small company specializing in providing ground control systems for satellite manufacturers throughout the world.

Kate Johnson

Musician

In addition to playing for Mass at the Newman Center, Kate Johnson is the Catholic Music Director of the Cadet Chapel at the United States Air Force Academy, where she conducts the Cadet Catholic Choir and the Catholic Cadet Schola. She also performs opera and oratorio, and is the wife of Ken and mother of Lance and Ian.

Eva Warren

Campus Ministry Assistant

I am the mother of three beautiful girls and the lucky wife of a Navy veteran. We were fortunate enough to live in Hawaii for two years, and though I miss it greatly, I’m glad to be back home. I grew up in a small farm town two hours north of Colorado Springs. There I was a catechism teacher and the youth director for 11 years. I love crafting, reading, and designing. I am an interior designer by trade, but love being able to work for St. Mary’s Cathedral and here at the Newman Center. My office door is open for you to come chat with me or just to say “Hi!”

Felipe Morales

Campus Ministry Assistant

Hailing from New York, Felipe Morales retired after 26 years of service as a military officer, and remained with his family in Colorado Springs. He completed RCIA in 2012 and is now answering the call to continue his service, this time to the Church. Among other activities, he has been a servant leader for the Altar Server Ministry at his home parish, Our Lady of the Pines, and is excited to “graduate” to work with college students and young adults in Campus Ministry!

FOCUS Missionaries

The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) is a campus outreach that pursues college students with intentionality and love. We invite them into a growing relationship with Jesus and the Catholic faith, inspiring and equipping them for a lifetime of Christ-centered evangelization, discipleship and friendships in which they lead others to do the same.

Benjamin Acosta

Team Director
FOCUS Missionary

A Colorado Springs local, I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley before becoming a FOCUS missionary. After years of mission in varying states, I am back in Colorado Springs to serve the student population as a missionary. I have a passion for adventure and for accompanying men into the greatest adventure—into the Heart of Christ. Whether you’re eager to connect or just curious, please reach out! Bring your story, I’ll do the same.

Natalie Van Horn

FOCUS Missionary

Hi! My name is Natalie. I am a campus missionary who works with Mountain Lion Catholic here in Colorado Springs alongside my husband Nick, who is also a missionary here. I grew up in Denver, Colorado and was raised in the faith, but it wasn’t until I was in college at Colorado State University that I began to take my faith more seriously as I learned more fully through Bible studies and community what it meant to live a Catholic lifestyle. I love chatting over a nice cup of coffee, baking chocolate chip cookies, and talking about clothes (I studied fashion design in college)! Please reach out for anything, I’d love to meet with you and walk with you in your faith journey!

Nick Van Horn

FOCUS Missionary

Hey friends! I’m Nick from Evergreen, Colorado! I spent my first two years of college at the University of Missouri and finished at Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business and Farm & Ranch Management. I love everything outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. I also dabble in spikeball and throw-throw burrito. During college, Jesus rocked my socks off and completely changed my life. I would love to tell you more about my testimony, so let’s grab a coffee or beer sometime!

Madison Richter-Egger

FOCUS Missionary

Hi! My name is Madison and I’m a missionary here at UCCS! I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated from UNO with a degree in communications. I was raised Catholic, but didn’t take my faith seriously until a friend challenged me to dive in deep, and I couldn’t be more grateful! I’m pumped to be serving here in Colorado Springs.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am coming down for a campus visit...can I visit the Newman Center while I am there?

Absolutely! We are at 4785 Stanton Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80918. If you have trouble finding us, call (719) 434-3019 or email us.

Do I have to be a college student to be a part of the Newman Center?

Our Newman Center is a resource primarily for all young adults in the Diocese of Colorado Springs, ages 18-23, whether enrolled in college or not. However, everybody is welcome to celebrate Mass with us, and some events are open to the public.

Do I have to be Catholic to participate in Newman Center activities?

No, but if you are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith, please contact us.

Can I reserve the Newman Center for an event?

Due to our busy schedule, the Newman Center is not normally available for use outside of our community. If you are a regular member, please contact us about your proposed event.

Can I make a confession at the Newman Center? What if it’s been a really long time since my last confession...?

Yes. Typically, confessions are offered right before daily Mass, or by appointment. If you don't remember how to do it, that's okay--our priest will walk you through the process.

How can I contribute to the Newman Center?

Thank you for asking! Please go to Support Our Mission on our website to make a tax-deductible donation, online or by mail.

What sacraments can I receive at the Newman Center?

The Holy Eucharist is available whenever we celebrate Mass, and confessions are taken thirty minutes before daily Mass or by appointment.

For Catholics who have not been confirmed, or for anybody who wishes to be baptized into the Catholic church, please contact us about our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program.

For current members or alumni who wish to be married at the Newman Center, for infant baptism, or if you are discerning a call to the vocation of the priesthood, please contact Fr. Kyle for details. If you are not a member of our community, please contact your parish priest regarding the Sacrament of Marriage.

For sacramental emergencies, including Baptism and Anointing of the Sick, please call Fr. Kyle at (202) 270-3519.

“The Newman Center is so welcoming—it’s like a home away from home for me, and all the activities are fun! It’s good to have a place I can go to away from campus, where I don’t feel like I have to hide my faith.”

-Roby-

Contact Us

We would love to hear from you!

Email us at info@NewmanCOS.org

Call us at (719) 434-3019

Come see us in person at
4785 Stanton Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

We look forward to seeing you here!

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