Catholic Leadership

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Father Adam Stimpson

Fr. Joseph Assistant Chaplain 2021
Assistant Chaplain

Father Joe

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Beate Wilson

Catholic Student Leadership

St. Francis of Assisi Liturgical Student Leader

Livinus Umeaduma

Jessica 2024
St. Francis of Assisi Student Council President.

Jessica Gil Cardenas

Hi my name is Jessica Gil Cardenas I am the Newman council president and I am very excited on working with the Newman center.
As Newman council president one of the most important duties is community outreach, we have many exciting opportunities and events this semester. If you have any questions or would want to be included in these events or volunteer opportunities feel free to contact me

marietta ude
international student amabassador and Newman music coordinator

Marietta Ude

 I’m Marietta Ude, a grad student in the Department of Communication. 
I’ve always been a Catholic right from birth but as I grew older, It became harder for me to imagine my life outside from the Catholic faith. The Newman center has helped me in so many ways especially spiritually and mentally. Through my role as a liturgical leader, I want to make known the love of Christ to everyone and also emphasize on the importance of charity, kindness and empathy.
I am thrilled to work with individuals from different parts of the world as the International student ambassador. 
Although we’re all individually different, I am certain we all share a bond as Catholics!

Newman Center Students

Adam Spring 2024
Newman Student Worker


I am Adam Bowker, a senior studying Engineering Technology here at WIU. I’m originally from Rock Island, IL and was raised Catholic. The Newman Center has allowed me to continue to grow in faith and meet some fantastic people.

Annaliese FL 22
Newman student Worker and Vice President of Student council


Hello, my name is Annaliese Goc and I am a freshman at WIU majoring in Agricultural Education. Growing up Catholic, I understand the importance of my relationship with God, and the Newman Center has helped develop that relationship. I was given the opportunity to work at the Newman Center while still in high school and do not regret taking it. Throughout my time working here, I have established a healthier relationship with my faith and it has given me the opportunity to meet many great people.

Jackie Armenta
community outreach Student Leader and newman student worker


I’m Jackie Armenta, a senior undergraduate studying psychology and education here at Western Illinois University. I grew up Catholic my whole life, I come from a very religious household and understand the importance of building a closer relationship with your Catholic faith.  Since my freshman year, the St. Francis Newman Center has helped me tremendously with growing my faith, meeting new people, and understanding the importance of kindness and charity. Through my role as Vice President, I want to make certain that all are welcomed (community members and students) at the center so that our community can grow and support one another. I hope through my role to help others learn about our various volunteer opportunities, religious engagement, and social events. 

Student Employee


Keaton Fall 2023
Newman Council Secretary


 I am from Geneseo, Illinois. I just started my freshman year at Western and am currently majoring in Broadcast Production.

Andrew Dandrea
Student Employee/Sunday Tech Guy


Andrew is in his senior year at WIU completing his bachelor’s in information systems with a minor in management. Whether at home or on the road, he is your go-to guy for any tech issues at the Newman Center.

Ashleigh Lake Flyer (2)
International Student Ambassador


Ola flyer (1)
International Student Ambassador


Jincy John Flyer (3)
International Student Ambassador


Want To Join Our Team?

St. Francis Newman Center is closed for the summer. Wishing everyone a blessed summer.