The heart of the JPII Commons is the Catholic Newman Center that it offers. The Newman Center, located in the sprawling bottom floor, forms an integral part of the JPII Commons. JPII Commons is a place in the heart of KC for college students to call home.

The 3 Pillars of the JPII Commons are community, friendship, and mission.

Support your mind, body, heart and soul at JPII. The Newman Center will offer frequent sacraments, events, study spaces, student lounge + kitchen, movie theater, 24/7 Eucharistic adoration chapel, and a gym with exercise equipment.

Community: The JP2 Commons strives to foster authentic community among all students who cross our threshold.  Social events: barbecues, dinners, movie nights, sports watch parties, and perhaps even a dance or two in our incredible outdoor courtyard space.

Friendship: The JP2 Commons is committed to providing students with opportunities to grow in authentic friendship. In the first place, this means a friendship with Jesus Christ, followed by Christ-rooted friendships with others.

Mission: The Great Commission of Jesus Christ, to “go and make disciples of all nations,” is at the heart of the JPII Commons. We seek to form students to be bold and passionate about spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world. There will be formation opportunities for learning about the Catholic faith, mission trips, and service opportunities.


MASS: Thursdays at 5:30 pm (free meal offered afterwards)

CONFESSION: Offered 30 minutes prior to Mass within the office- beginning at 5 pm on Thursdays.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: Our small chapel has the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the tabernacle for private prayer at any time. A goal for the near future is to develop and sustain perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in this space. We will offer Eucharistic Adoration on Thursdays from 2:00 - 5:30 pm.

PRAISE and WORSHIP: Thursdays from 4:30 - 5:30 pm in the chapel

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION: Our chaplain will be available for any student seeking spiritual direction. You may email him directly at mattingly@diocesekcsj.org.

SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDIES: We offer various small group bible studies for all students. You may email our campus minister directly at finney@diocesekcsj.org.

OPEN OFFICE HOURS: Come and study in our incredible lounge space, pray in the chapel or stop by and chat with our campus minister.

Tuesdays 1:00- 5:00 pm and Thursdays 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

FORMATION NIGHTS: The first session in 2019 will be about temperaments on January 24th. Don’t miss it!