The Newman Center is a Catholic church and a gathering place for the Catholic community at the University of Maine in Orono. The Newman Center, also known as Our Lady of Wisdom Church, is part of the Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord, with three additional churches in Old Town, Bradley, and the Penobscot Nation. As a parish , we welcome all members of the University community, including students, faculty, staff, administrators, and their families. Visitors and residents of our parish communities are always welcome!
As a campus ministry center , we have a unique ministry to University students. We welcome Catholics, those interested in knowing more about the Catholic faith or who want to become Catholic. Students gather for liturgy, prayer, retreats, outreach to those in need, social events, Bible study, and sacrament preparation.
The chapel is always available for prayer! Students are encouraged to study at the center. Free WiFi and printing are offered. There is a kitchen available for cooking, a collection of board games, various outdoor games for temperate weather fun, and a vast array of religious books to form and inspire a life of holiness and love.
Father Kyle L. Doustou
Father Kyle L. Doustou is the pastor of the Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord, the chaplain at the Newman Center, and the Director of Campus Ministry for the Diocese of Portland. A native Mainer born in Lewiston, Father Kyle graduated from Saint Dominic Regional High School in 2005. He received a full scholarship from and entered into the Basselin Scholars Program, an honors philosophy program at Theological College, the national seminary of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 2009 and a licentiate master’s degree in philosophy in 2010.
He continued his theological studies in Washington, D.C. He earned his master’s degree in theology in 2013. After a year’s worth of canon law studies, Father Kyle completed his seminary formation.
He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Robert P. Deeley at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Lewiston May 30, 2014. His first priestly assignment was as parochial vicar of the Parish of the Precious Blood, a cluster of ten churches in central Aroostook County, where he served from 2014 – 2016. In August 2016, he was named the parochial vicar of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and the Portland Peninsula and Island Parishes, where he served until 2019. In July 2019, Bishop Deeley appointed him to his current assignment.
Black Bear Catholic
Black Bear Catholic is a recognized student government organization at the University of Maine. This organization’s purposes are to offer a space for students to go to Mass on Sunday, create a fun, loving community that hosts events, dinners, service opportunities, celebrations, and more. Black Bear Catholic is open to any student, whether Catholic or not.
Students are invited to grow closer to God. They are introduced to a community of fellow students and mentors who will likely become lifelong friends! To stay connected on social media, like our Facebook page Black Bear Catholic or follow us on Instagram @blackbearcatholic