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: 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!
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.