1983: Campus Ministry Begins


Under the direction of Bishop Rene Gracida, the Diocese of Corpus Christi builds a center for campus ministry at Corpus Christi State University (CCSU).

Sr. Ella Rosas, CCVI and Sr. Mary Lucy Garcia, IWBS oversee activities on campus and at Del Mar College.






1989: The First Mass


Kathryn Steele oversees campus ministry. Rev. Lawrence Rupel is the first to celebrate mass on campus.

Corpus Christi State University joins the Texas A&M system, enrolling roughly 2,000 students.






1993: New Names


The center officially becomes the Cardinal John Henry Newman Catholic Student Center. 

Rev. Paul Hesse enters his fourth year as director and chaplain of campus ministry.

CCSU changes its name to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. It becomes a four-year comprehensive university and enrollment increases to 5,000 students.






1994-2011: Islander Catholic


Fr. B. Michael Wood serves as chaplain from 1994-95.

The Newman Center grows slowly. With roughly 20 members, the group remains the only Catholic organization on campus.

The name “Islander Catholic” is coined, and the group becomes an officially recognized campus student organization.






2011: Legacy of Faith


The Legacy of Faith: Future of Hope Capital & Endowment campaign is initiated in the Diocese of Corpus Christi.

It plans to raise funds for several diocesan ministries, including college campus ministry at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Texas A&M University-Kingsville is the first to benefit from the campaign, obtaining new facilities and Catholic dorms.






2014: Deacon Alfonso Ramirez


Deacon Alfonso Ramirez is assigned to Youth Ministry in the Diocese. Despite being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he focuses on the students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and puts the ministry into overdrive.

Interest and activities surge, and increased mass attendance causes a second mass to be added to the Sunday schedule.






2014: Changed Forever


On November 2, 2014, Deacon Alfonso Ramirez passes away. Transformed and inspired by his example, several students set out to continue his mission: to spread the love of Jesus Christ all over campus.

Amy Barragree is assigned as full-time campus minister and the student body continues to grow.






2015: Big Plans


This website is created to reach out to current and prospective students.

Islander Catholic student officers begin writing the first weekly blog posts.

In light of the 2011 Legacy of Faith campaign, planning for construction of new facilities at the Newman Center grounds is begun.

The first ever Islander+Javelina Awakening retreat is held February 20-22.

Islander Catholic performs a Passion Play for the first time, at the Hector P. Garcia plaza on April 1st.