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St. Thomas Aquinas Colonel Catholics

Nicholls State University

204 Madewood Dr./NSU
Thibodaux, LA 70301
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Phone: 985-446-6201

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Welcome to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and Student Center at Nicholls State University! Campus ministry has existed at Nicholls since the founding in 1948. Our campus ministry team includes Fr. Mitch Semar, pastor and chaplain, Fr. Patrick, associate pastor; Cissy Atzenhoffer, director of campus ministry and a dynamic group of FOCUS Missionaries.  

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Colonel Cathoic Apperal:

The pastors and campus ministers continue to make our student center a place where the Catholic faith is lived in radical and vibrant ways daily. We are very blessed with our community here at St. Thomas. 

Two Hearts Perpetual Adoration Chapel is now open!!!!

Almost a year ago, the Lord began a might work at St. Thomas, as He asked us to build a chapel where He could be adored 24 hours per day, 7 days a week!  The community responded with great generosity and the vision became a reality!! Within 5 months, from May 13, 2019 - October 13, 2019, a beautiful chapel has been built. 

All the Glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary!


Our student center is grounded in the life of the Church: 

- Daily Mass
- Two Hearts Perpetual Adoration Chapel 
- Confession
- Eucharistic processions
- Bible Studies
- Formation groups

We have several retreats/experiences that allow students to encounter Christ and grow in their faith:

- Awakening
- Spiritual Impact Bootcamp
- The Father’s House Retreat
- SEEK conference                                                                                                                              - Student Leadership Summitt                                                                                                               -Mission Trips                                                                                                                                

St. Thomas is a family and Christ is at our center! Pray about whether God is calling you to be a Colonel Catholic! Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have! God Bless & Geaux Colonels!




Mass Times

Monday - Friday 12:15pm

Saturday – 5pm Vigil Mass (First Saturday – 8:00am)

Sunday – 10:30am, 7:00pm & 9:00pm(Student Mass)


Adoration Times

Two Hearts Perpetual Adoration Chapel 

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 






Confession Times

Monday - Friday 11:30-12:00

Wednesday 6:00-7:00  Before Adoremus during the semester.

Weekend Confession Time 

Saturday 3:30-4:30



Newman Connection members associated with this campus



Every Tuesday-Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena after 12:15p mass 

Spring Retreats:                                                                                                                           

Colonel Awakening Retreat #48
TBA (Due to Covid 19)
Cost $35

FIRE Retreat
A student lead retreat every Spring semester intended to be a continuation of the Awakening experience centered on prayer and the Eucharist.


Formation Programs:

ADOREMUS: Every Wednesday night come and spend some much needed time with our Lord.  The whole altar is drapped in candlelights.  Confessions begin at 6:00pm & Praise and Worship with Adoration will be from 7:30-8:30 September 16, 2020  October 14, 2020  November 11, 2020


TEACHABLE TUESDAY    We will have two sessions starting October 20, 2020 @ 7pm and also October 27, 2020.  Invite your friends for this teaching series.   Topic to be announced.


FOCUS Bible Studies
Join our New FOCUS missionaries (Garrett, Lexi, Emma-Kate and Peter) as they
dive into the Word of God. The purpose of FOCUS Bible Study is to invite participants to make Jesus Christ the center of their lives. We follow the example of St. Paul, “to preach Christ crucified” so that others may come to know the love that God has for us (1 Corinthians 1:23).  We want Bible study to be an experience where the participants can gaze upon the cross of Jesus Christ and come to a decision about Him in their own lives.

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Mass on the Grass -  Celebrate Mass outside in the yard.  

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Tabling in the Union - Every Wednesday from 10-11:30 the Colonel Catholics have a table in the Union to evangalize and give updated information on the upcoming events.                                                                                                                      


Missionaries of Charity - Spend a few Saturday mornings this semester and minister to the homeless at the Soup Kitchen in Baton Rouge.  The sisters always enjoy the help that we give in their ministry. Meet at St. Thomas at 6:30am to carpool. TBA

St. Joseph Manor - It is so beautiful to be able to spend time at the St. Joseph Manor and visit with the sweet residents that love to share their stories with the younger generation. Meet at St. Thomas at 5:45 to carpool. (Due to Covid 19, this will not happen this weekend, but keep everyone in your prayers.)

Food for the Spirit - Once a month students gather with members of the Houma/Thibodaux diocese to prepare a meal for the homeless in our area. We meet the second Saturday of each month at 9am in Houma at Bella Cosa Catering.  


Social Nights:

Versa Alto-  Monday's from 7-8  Focus Sports Outreach                                        

Not On Breakfast Alone - Monday's from 7am-9am.  Come to St. Thomas and get some breakfast and a fresh hot cup of coffee. Only $1.00

Walking Rosary  Monday - Thursday at 2:15pm.  Meet in the Cafe






Special Events:

Due to Covid 19, we have had to suspend social events.  

Baccalurate Mass and Reception 



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