We are committed to welcoming everyone who enters the Catholic Student Center with hospitality. Our staff and student leaders excel at this. Our building does not. It’s cold, dark, damp, outdated and not ADA accessible.



Since the Catholic Student Center building opened in 1965, countless college students have walked through our doors. Between 2000-2018 alone, over 20,000 students, have come to the Catholic Student Center for Mass, Wednesday Night Dinner, retreats, bible studies, service projects, spiritual direction and more.

The New Catholic Student Center will finally deliver suitable space designed with our students spiritual, service and social needs in mind. Students will be comfortable in new climate-controlled rooms, filled with natural light and improved ADA accessibility will allow differently-abled students to freely maneuver throughout the building. The expansion will accommodate 300+ students in the Barney Room, doubling the current seating for our popular Wednesday Night Mass and Dinner, plus provide convenient overflow space for 100+ more students.

In the vision of Fr. Rob, Catholic students remain “Centered on Christ.” The hallmark of this project is a Eucharistic Adoration chapel in the center of the new building. As students enter the building, their eyes will be drawn toward the Eucharistic Adoration chapel – a place of intimate personal encounter with Jesus Christ to experience God’s grace and love.

The Catholic Student Center stands on the frontline in ministering to students who face a gauntlet of life challenges today.



A goal of $5 million has been established to help secure the critical day to day campus ministry and provide new funds to boldly expand the ministry. Once fully funded, the endowment will generate $200,000 to staff, counsel, gather, build up and equip University of Maryland Students for leadership in their faith, in their families, in their communities, and in their world. The collective impact will be immeasurable.


  • Increase outreach to all campus students, including those in programs such as athletics, Greek life, and graduate studies
  • Increase Catholic counseling availability to support rising numbers of students struggling with mental health issues
  • Expand our social justice outreach
  • Offer more retreats and mission trips
  • Increase campus ministry staff – adding campus ministers, FOCUS missionaries and counselors to best support our growing student ministries



  • Increase outreach, mentorship and programs offered to alumni, UMD faculty and staff
  • Expand opportunities for Alumni/UMD Staff to connect with Catholic Terps
  • Increase sustainable donor support, building relationships with all donors
  • Increase our development staff – adding support staff for development and advancement, including an alumni coordinator to support our growingAlumni, UMD faculty and staff ministries


Frequently Asked Questions

• Since 2010 we have seen a significant increase in our student population as well as increased need for faith community provided at the CSC. • Our facility is outdated, has inefficient HVAC and bathrooms, is non-compliant for ADA or fire safety and ultimately has insufficient space to accommodate the ever growing the student community.
• Phase 1 will be to update HVAC, plumbing/electrical systems, install fire suppression, as well as enclose the center courtyard for expanded internal spaces. ($1.5 Million) • Phase 2 will be to add the Barney room extension, continue to renovate and update existing interior spaces, entryway, hallways, the addition of adoration chapel and complete the update. ($1.5 Million) • We intend to remain operational throughout both phases, to the best of our ability, with safety and efficiency as our guide. • The Archdiocese of Washington policy requires 75% of the budget pledged before ground-breaking may occur. • Our estimate is 12-18 months before we break ground.
• Alumni, parents of alumni and current students, faculty, staff, community members and friends of Catholic Terps are invited to participate. • Everyone will be sent the same campaign information and everyone will be invited to participate to give through their preferred means of transaction: cash, check, ACH, credit card. • Gifts may be made anonymously however, we also have naming opportunities for gifts.
• Gifts may be pledged over a 5 year period, and our development office will insure reminders are sent as each donors’ prefer: letter, email, phone calls etc.
• Yes. As we will remain operational throughout the campaign and building phases, our annual expenses will still need to be supported during this time. • Funding for programmatic, facility and payroll expenses are raised through our offertory, Parent Fund, Alumni Project, monthly sustainable donors, and our Annual Appeal.
• Our primary goal is to raise the funds to update the facility. Our long term goal is to provide sustainable support for the facility, programs and sacramental life for future generations.
• First with Prayer –Centered on Christ will only work if we remain centered on Christ! • Participate. Even if you cannot give much, give something. Every gift matters.



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For more information contact

Ann Gradowski


301-864-6223 ext. 15