Catholic Campus

Celebrating 100 Years of Catholic Hokies

Celebrating 100 Years of Catholic Hokies 1924-2024

Event Details

In 1924, the Catholic Campus Ministry at Virginia Tech was founded as a campus club under the name Newman Community, with the support of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The Newman Club and St. Mary’s served the needs of Catholic Tech students until 1963, when Father Paul Gallagher established the Newman House thanks to a generous home donation from Ms. Ella Russell. Sunday Masses moved to War Memorial Chapel in 1966 where they are still offered today. For the past 100 years, CCM@VT has expanded upon the University’s moto, Ut Prosim (That I may serve), by revealing the role of our Master: Ut Deus Prosim (That I may serve God). The ministry has continued to grow year after year and now ministers to the spiritual, social, and formation needs of over 550 college students.

We welcome all alumni, parents, and community members to join us in celebrating 100 years of faith, community, and service on the Virginia Tech campus. Join us for one of our centennial events to reconnect with your fellow Catholic Hokie alumni, share memories of your time in community, and learn more about the plans for the next 100 years of the CCM@VT.

Alumni Weekend Centennial Kickoff: June 6-9, 2024

We are excited to kickoff our year-long 100th Anniversary Celebration during Virginia Tech’s Alumni Weekend. Registration for the weekend is all inclusive of food, drinks, and events. The ministry will be hosting a centennial reception on Friday evening, June 7 from 6:30-8:30. Childcare will be provided. Our ministry will also have exclusive seating at the Virginia Beer, Wine and Food Festival and the Dinner and Party on the Drillfield. Join us for Mass on Sunday at War Memorial Chapel at 11am. Please see the university website to register and for a full schedule of events and lodging options. You do not have to register for the full Alumni Weekend experience to attend our reception. All alumni, parents, community members and friends are welcome.

Centennial Mass with Bishop Knestout: October 20, 2024

Enjoy a Fall weekend at Virginia Tech and celebrate 100 years of Catholic Hokies. Bishop Knestout will be celebrating a special Centennial Mass at 10am on Sunday morning at War Memorial Chapel followed by a light reception at the Newman House.

Regional Receptions: Stay Tuned

Our ministry will also be hosting several regional celebrations for those who cannot make it back to Blacksburg for our 100th Anniversary. More details to come soon.

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RSVP to our Centennial celebrations so we can plan for food and beverages.

Share your updated contact information so we can keep you in the loop for all the 100th Anniversary festivities and CCM@VT news. 

Volunteer to help us spread the word to more Catholic Hokies and rally your friends together for a joyful reunion. We are also looking for volunteers to assist with event planning for regional celebrations. Email [email protected] for more information.

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Share photo memories from your time in the ministry! Email [email protected] to add photos to our 100th Anniversary photo wall.

Share prayers for Hokie family and friends. Intentions will be offered at our centennial Mass. Email Fr. Tom at [email protected] to organize a Mass intention.