Anniversary festival set

PNT staff

The St. Thomas More Newman Center in Portales will be celebrating its 75th anniversary with Eastern New Mexico University’s homecoming. The center is one of ENMU’s oldest organizations.

The Catholic-based organization will be celebrating from today until Sunday.

With the opening of Eastern New Mexico Junior College in 1934, there was a need for Catholic services for students, according to a press release from the center. On April 6, 1938, an archbishop of Santa Fe granted permission for Mass to be celebrated during Holy Week in one of the classrooms at the college.

A Newman Club was organized on the campus through the efforts of Fr. Raymond Soper of Sacred Heart of Clovis and Louise Boillin, a Catholic ENMU faculty member.


  • Enchilada Dinner and entertainment — 6 p.m-8 p.m., Parish Hall. The dinner is $8 per person. The entertainment begins at 7 p.m., and will feature Carlos Medina y Trio De Los Gallos from Las Vegas, N.M. Silent auction bidding will also begin at this event.



  • Food and game booths open — 9 a.m., St. Helen Catholic Church
  • Mass (Spanish) — 5:30 p.m., St. Helen Catholic Church.
  • Fiesta Dance — 8 p.m. to midnight, St. Helen Catholic Church. The dance costs $5 per person.



  • Mass (English) — 9 a.m., St. Helen Catholic Church.
  • Food and game booths open — 10 a.m., St. Helen Catholic Church.
  • Presentation of the St. Thomas More Utopia Award — 11 a.m., St. Thomas More Newman Center.
  • The Fiesta ends at 5 p.m.


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