Campus Ministry

Welcome to UB Campus Ministry!

Hello all! Welcome to the UB Newman Center, part of UB Catholic!

We are very excited to accompany you during your time at UB and beyond! Take a look at what we have planned for this year and make sure to keep checking our Instagram for updates and reminders. Click the button below to sign up for our student email list. Can’t wait for you to join our Newman family!

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Mission Statement

Our vision is to prepare UB students to transform their families, professions, churches, and communities through their faith in Jesus and their love for God and all other persons.

Our mission is to listen, teach, support, and challenge as students become persons of transformative faith and love.

We value welcome, presence, exploration, growth, and love.

Student Lounge

The Student Lounge is available for students to come study, grab a quick coffee or snack, or to just rest from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. M-F. There will be extended and weekend hours during finals week and upon request.

Campus Ministry Office Hours

Come see our campus ministry team at Newman! You can stop by any time to visit, and you’re always welcome to see Fr. Paul, Leah, Josh, or Dcn. Mike when they’re in their offices. You can also set up an appointment with any of us by email or by phone.

Leah's office hours: Tuesdays in the Student Union from 11am-2pm and by appointment.

Josh’s office hours: Thursdays in Lockwood Library (4th floor) from 3-5pm and by appointment.


How to Find Us

Facebook: ubnewman
Instagram: ubnewman
495 Skinnersville Rd., Buffalo, NY 14228


Josh Merlo

Pastoral Associate

Josh, the previous campus minister at the Newman Center, is now the pastoral associate. In his new role, he’ll still be involved with ministering to you, our students. Josh’s passion is for helping students – especially those marginalized by or excluded by the Church – explore their beliefs and mature through the struggles that come with young adult life.

Josh is a doctoral student in philosophy at UB.. He’s excited for UB basketball to make another tournament run; thinks Dylan Cozens and Peyton Krebs will be excellent NHL’ers and will always go to a Sabres game; doesn’t like Buffalo-style pizza but enjoys Ted’s and Anderson’s; and can be persuaded that Josh Allen might be a top-10 quarterback … maybe.

Leah Merlo

Campus & Young Adult Minister

Leah Merlo is the Campus & Young Adult Minister at the Newman Center. As a minister, Leah is dedicated to helping students, young professionals, and new parents grow closer to God through taking advantage of all the little moments each day brings and working towards making the world a little brighter through all we do. She is a Florida native and an ocean girl through and through, so she is grateful for all the beautiful water escapes Buffalo has to offer!”

Vicki Loniewski

Social Media Intern

Victoria (Vicki) Loniewski is a student intern at the Newman Center while studying communications at the University at Buffalo. She is excited to run the Newman Center’s social media pages to reach fellow students who may be interested in joining us for our student parish shenanigans. Before entering the life of a UB college student, Vicki has a history of volunteering in various Catholic parishes in WNY, including altar serving, lectoring, helping lead youth ministry, and teaching faith formation. Vicki wants to make sure all feel unconditionally welcome in our community, no matter how far along you are on your faith journey (even if you don’t have one!)

When Vicki is not busy with Newman activities or schoolwork, she enjoys watching movies and shows, playing Rock Band with friends, and exploring various clubs on the UB campus. She wants everyone to know that she loves meeting new people and does not want anyone to be too afraid to say hi!