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Mission & History


We're a Christ-centered community dedicated to the growth and development of each student for the good of the Church and society.


To pursue building a vibrant & welcoming campus culture that can transform college students into intentional faith disciples who provide credible witness and life-giving service to the communities in which they live. 


 1. Catholic Liturgy 

 2. Faith Formation 

 3. Hospitality & Community 

 4. Service & Justice 


We strive to embody these values in our programing and how we connect with and form students. 

Our Story

Est. 1946

In 1946, a group of college students from SMSU got together and, with the help of Fr. William Rochford from St. Agnes Church (which is currently St Agnes Cathedral), established the first Springfield Chapter of the Newman Club. Drury University formed their own chapter one year later. Approximately 51 students joined these first two Chapters and formed the beginning of a vibrant ministry serving the students of the two campuses.



The ministry has evolved through many different locations over the past 77 years, beginning in a house near St. Agnes Church in 1946. The students went from house to house including the “Newman Hall” at 821 S. Kings and 648-662 S. Florence. In 1966 The Ecumenical Center was built on the MSSU campus (680 S Florence Ave), which was where the ministry held Mass.

The Diocese of Springfield - Cape Girardeau invited the Claretian Missionaries to develop the ministry and their presence appeared on campus in 1979 with Fr. Dan Drinan and later was followed by Fr. Len Brown, Fr. Ron Stua, Fr. Eddie De Leon (who led the construction of the current building), Fr. Tom McGann, Fr. Fco. Javier Reyes and currently Fr Bibin Mathew. Other Claretians, as well, have come for shorter ministerial terms.


In 1989, CCM moved to the Nancy McGregor House (847 S. Holland), where it remained until 2001. Due to the growth CCM experienced, in 2000-2001, The O’Reilly Catholic Student Center was built.

In 77 years CCM has gone from bi-monthly discussions, picnics, and dances to an Awakening Retreat in the fall, Hosea Retreat in the spring, formal dances each semester, small groups, mission trips, daily Mass and 2 Sunday Masses, adoration and more. CCM was then and will always be a “home away from home.” You will love it. 

Moving forward


Who We've Been Serving

Throughout our history, we've been serving students at Missouri State University, Drury University, and Ozark Technical Community College. Now, we believe that God is calling us to expand our mission to serve all college-aged young adults in the Springfield area. 

Voted by MSU Students

Winner: Best place to worship

Finalist: Best student organization

Finalist: Best campus or student ministry

Help us grow in our mission!

We want to invite you in partnering with us to continue the mission God has set before us to serve and help nourish the spiritual lives of college students.

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