March for Life 2023

About Us

Newman Hall

“I will go peaceably and firmly to the Catholic Church: for if Faith is so important to our salvation, I will seek it where true Faith first began, seek it among those who received it from God Himself.” – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Located on the West Virginia University downtown campus, St. John University Parish was originally erected in 1925 as a chapel to support the Catholic community of WVU. In 1966, the church was raised to the status of a parish. Since our beginning, we have been seeking to grow in holiness as disciples of Jesus Christ, who in turn strive to bring others to Him and His Church.

Our parish community has been called to witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His Church at West Virginia University by serving the students, faculty, staff, and families of the greater Morgantown area. As a parish devoted to campus ministry, we provide opportunities for students and adults to participate in the sacramental life of the Church, to deepen one’s spiritual life, to serve the poor and disadvantaged, and to develop meaningful, lifelong relationships with other Catholics on campus and throughout greater Morgantown.

Mountaineer Catholic Campus Ministry

Our Newman Hall is always open for our students to spend time together, study, and grow in their faith. Our campus ministry program, Mountaineer Catholic, sponsors weekly formational and recreational events for our students such as Bible studies, Dinner for a Dollar, movie nights, prayer groups, and various socials. Students are encouraged to attend daily Mass and make frequent use of the Sacrament of Confession.  Spring and Fall semester retreats also help our students take time out of their busy school schedule to deepen their relationship with Christ. Contact our campus minister, Colleen Criste (see below), for more information on our campus ministry! Visit our campus ministry page here.

We look forward to adoring and serving our Lord with you.



Fr. Brian J. Crenwelge
Rev. Fr. Brian J. Crenwelge
Pastor, Director of Campus Ministry, Director of Vocations, Courage Chaplain
Rev. Fr. Phillip Szabo
Rev. Fr. Phillip R. Szabo
Parochial Vicar

Parish Staff

Jacqueline Mercer
Parish Secretary
Carla Comer
Parish Accountant
John Lojewski
Director of Religious Education
Ross Semler
Director of Sacred Music and Liturgy
Tom Riffon
Maintenance and Property Manager

Campus Ministry (Mountaineer Catholic)

Colleen Criste
Campus Minister, Director of Programs and Development for Campus Ministry