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!”
The JPII Commons is a physical and spiritual home for college students in Kansas City.
We want to inspire students to know and love Christ with their whole mind, heart, body, and soul.
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.
Campus Minister: Dain Finney
Dain was born and raised in St. Joseph, MO. She went to Benedictine College to play volleyball, make new friends, and get an education... but beyond her plans, she met the Lord. Dain encountered a missionary in love with Jesus Christ who accompanied her through everyday life yet brought His love along. Having experienced His transformational love in the sacraments and in her daily life, she eagerly looks for opportunities to deepen her intimacy with God.
She is honored to be selected as the campus minister at the JPII Commons and thrilled to hit the ground running this school year!
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.