The Catholic Newman Center serves the campus community at U.M.-St. Louis through liturgy, fellowship, prayer, and education. As a welcoming faith community, we offer service and leadership experiences, spiritual guidance and faith development, and recreational and social opportunities, forming people for their active roles in the church and the world.



Fr. Bill Kempf, Director

Fr. Bill Kempf is a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Ordained in
1984, he has served as a full time associate pastor at Epiphany of Our Lord
parish, teacher and campus minister at St. Francis Borgia Regional High
School, Director of the Vocation Office, and roaming Campus Minister at 6
colleges. He has been the Director of the UMSL Newman Center since June of 2000. While continuing as Director, he is also the pastor of St. Ann's
Parish in Normandy.
Fr. Bill may be reached at frbill@cncumsl.org.

Liz Detwiler, Campus Minister

Liz comes to us from Saint Xavier University in Chicago with a Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Studies. Though she enjoyed Chicago (minus the Cubs and WhiteSox), Missouri is her home and also where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Communications from Mizzou. She is the oldest of seven, (yes, seven) with two sisters and four brothers. She is very excited about her dream job here at UMSL and looks forward to having loads of fun with all the students. Liz may be reached at liz@cncumsl.org.

Kay Dieckmann, Development Director and Staff Assistant

Kay was born and raised in St. Louis.  She and her husband, Steve, call St. Ann Church and School (just down the street from UMSL) their “home away from home” along with their 4 children: Ellen, Claire, John, and Lydia. Kay is a graduate from UMSL with a degree in Business Management and minor in Communications.  Kay is new to the CNC staff and will be directing annual giving, special fund raising events, major gifts, and the endowment.  Before coming to the CNC, Kay worked in hotel sales and marketing.  When she is not working, you will find her coaching her children’s soccer teams, jogging, hanging out with family and friends, & being a full time chauffer for the kids. Kay is most excited about meeting and getting to know the students at the CNC.

Mike Ruzycki, House Manager

See Mike's bio on the Officer's page...he's also our SGA Representative!




Mary Weir, President
Cheri Smith, Secretary
Meg Bugg, Development and Database
Pat Boul, Facilities and Maintenance
Dr. Blanche Touhill, Member at Large
Maggie Bauer, Member at Large
Allison Rockamann, Member at Large
Cathy Deneault, Member at Large

JoAnne Tinsley, Student Representative