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about

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

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.

Details : 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 JP2 COMMONS TEAM


Chaplain: Fr. Andrew Mattingly
Campus Minister: Dain Finney

 
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.

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.

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!

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!

 
 
 
 

“Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” jpii

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COMMUNITY

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.

THURSDAY EVENTS:

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!

 
 
 
 

“It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.” jpii

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ContacT

Thank you for your interest in the JPII Commons. Have any questions regarding the Newman Center or Housing?

 
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Newman Center:

Contact the Chaplain, Father Andrew Mattingly at the address below.

mattingly@diocesekcsj.org

Contact the Campus Minister, Dain Finney at the address below.

finney@diocesekcsj.org

PHONE: 816-535-0677

ADDRESS: 5220 Troost Ave.

Kansas City, MO 64110

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jpii student suites housing office:

Contact Horacio at the following email or phone number:

jpiicommons@gmail.com

PHONE: 816-905-7237

ADDRESS: 5220 Troost Ave.

Kansas City, MO 64110