ABOUT US

The JP2 Commons, located in the heart of Kansas City between the UMKC and Rockhurst University campuses, is the home of a dynamic student community. On the ground floor, the Newman Center provides a place for all students, both residents and non-residents, to come to events, to meet friends, or to study. Modern housing, a Christ-centered atmosphere, and bright spaces for study and prayer are some of the highlights of the JP2 Commons. The center is dedicated to St. John Paul the Great, who had a heart for young people, to whom he boldly declared “open wide the doors to Christ!”

 
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OUR WHAT

The JPII Commons is a physical and spiritual home for college students in Kansas City.

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OUR WHY

We want to inspire students to know and love Christ with their whole mind, heart, body, and soul.

 
 

OUR VISION

At JPII Commons, we strive to be a dynamically Catholic community where students encounter Jesus Christ, build authentic friendships, and are then sent out to be missionaries in the midst of the world.


THE TEAM

 
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Campus Minister: Katie Huber

Katie was born and raised in Iowa but went to school at Mizzou. It was here where she met the Lord in a deep way during the end of her Sophomore year. She was searching for her worth in every way minus a relationship with Christ. Then through grieving the loss of a friend who truly knew God paired with meeting a FOCUS missionary, she met Christ for herself. She later went on to become a FOCUS missionary in Louisiana for 2 years. She never thought her career would be centered around Christ, but now she can’t imagine doing anything else!

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Chaplain: Fr. Andrew Mattingly

Father Mattingly is a priest for the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph. Currently, he is an associate pastor at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Kansas City, Missouri while also serving as diocesan director for young adults and campus ministry. Although a lifelong Catholic, Fr. Mattingly went through a period of personal conversion during his last couple years of high school, particularly due to two things: the personal witness of a teacher on fire for love of God and the Church, as well as truly discovering the reality of the Holy Eucharist for the first time.