Still the One Gala to celebrate couples who met through ASU Newman Center

Mark and Cami Dhaenens were married at the All Saints Catholic Newman Center on May 15, 1982. Fr. Albert Felice-Pace, OP, witnessed their vows and will attend the April 29 gala. (Photo courtesy of Mark and Cami Dhaenens)
Still the One Gala

For married couples who met and/or got married at the ASU Newman Center

Date: Saturday, April 29

Time: 4 p.m. Mass / 5:30-8 p.m. Celebration

Location: 230 E. University Dr., Tempe

Click here to RSVP or for more information, or call (480) 967-7823.

For decades, the All Saints Newman Center’s campus ministry at Arizona State University has reached into the throngs of college students and held out the Gospel message, the sacraments and a good dose of social interaction.

Many students come for Mass and wind up finding the love of their lives.

That’s what happened to Nan and Paul Hillebrand who met there in the early 1980s. The Hillebrands’ daughter, Mary Claire, carried on the tradition and married at the Tempe church this month. In April, Paul will direct the music at “Still the One,” a marriage gala that invites couples whose lives were in some way touched by the Newman Center over the years.

Sharon Phelan, who met her husband Mike at the Newman Center, is the parish’s marriage preparation coordinator. She’s a busy lady, and not just because she and Mike have six children. Last year Fr. Rob Clements, Newman Center pastor, witnessed the wedding vows of 62 couples, she said.

John and Petra Jakubczyk at their wedding 32 years ago. The two have 11 children. John is a prominent pro-life attorney and former president of Arizona Right to Life. (Photo courtesy of John and Petra Jakubczyk)

“The Newman Center is such a hub of vibrancy and youth,” Sharon said. “In a culture that isn’t so supportive of marriage these days, the gala will be a great opportunity to get together to celebrate.” It will also offer younger couples the opportunity to witness the long-lasting love of couples celebrating marriage milestones.

Mike and Cindy Leonard were married through the Newan Center on Aug. 18, 1978. Cindy currently serves as the Natural Family Planning coordinator for the Diocese of Phoenix. (Photo courtesy of Mike and Cindy Leonard)

Like Geoff Zwemke. He was working in campus ministry at ASU in the late 1980s when he met his wife, Marie, a nursing student who also worked at the Newman Center’s front desk. The couple married in 1994 in the center’s gothic-style “Old Church” that was built in 1903. Geoff, who will be the master of ceremonies at the Still the One marriage event, said he and his family returned to worshipping at the Newman Center recently. “Our roots are there and our friends go there,” Geoff said.

“Because of the bonds young adult Catholics form while at ASU, tons of them look to get married here,” Fr. Clements noted. “I thought that it would be so great to have a spring event and invite couples who met or got married here at Newman — just to celebrate heritage and to allow our Newman alumni to re-connect with a special place to them.”

The April 29 gala will bring together couples from across the decades as well as some of the priests who served there in the past, such as Dominican Father Albert Felice-Pace and Fr. Tom DeMann. The evening begins with 4 p.m. Mass followed by a blessing of marriages and a 5:30-8 p.m. Jazz Reception.

Couples are encouraged to submit a wedding photo as well as a current photo of themselves or their family to be used for a slideshow that evening.