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As you begin your college journey, you want to find community and you want to find Christ. While you’re building your career and your faith, you want to find friends that will support you along the way. And you are looking for the right home, away from home.

The JPII Newman Center provides these invaluable college experiences together in one great place:

  • Modern, apartment style housing
  • Common spaces for study, community and reflection
  • Ideal location along the scenic Keystone Trail
  • Serene space in the beautiful St. John Paul II Oratory
  • A community of students striving to live life to the fullest

Our Mission

Our patron, St. John Paul II, had a special love for young adults. He personally invested himself in their lives to foster in them a love of Christ and a life of committed discipleship.

In 1993, at World Youth Day in Denver, St. John Paul II reminded a generation of young people, many of whom have gone on to serve the Church today in the priesthood and in consecrated life, of Christ’s declaration: “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10b).

The JPII Newman Center calls young people to live the abundant life embodied by our late, beloved Pontiff by offering and promoting what was vital to him:

  • A personal relationship with Christ leading to discipleship;
  • A love of the sacraments as privileged ways to encounter God;
  • The pursuit of authentic love as the foundation of relationships and community life;
  • A solid catechetical formation flowing from Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition;
  • A deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, her spouse;
  • A life of personal, contemplative prayer, from which flows the discernment of one’s vocation, apostolic action and service to the poor; and
  • An appreciation of music, the arts and nature that opens us in wonder to the beauty of God.

Inspired by the witness of St. John Paul II, we are called to be bold, to be faithful, and to be not afraid.

Meet our Staff

Father Joe Taphorn
Pastor and Director
jctaphorn@archomaha.org

Father Andrew Roza
Associate Pastor
ajroza@archomaha.org

Katie Winkler
Coordinator of Community Life
Katie.Winkler@JPiiOmaha.org

Lauren Hankes
Resident Manager
Lauren.Hankes@JPiiOmaha.org

Renee Hendricks
Office Manager
Renee.Hendricks@JPiiOmaha.org

Deacon Jim Keating
Catechist and Spiritual Director
JamesKeating@creighton.edu

Monica Hejkal
Apostolic Oblate
monicaoblate@gmail.com

Meet our FOCUS Team

2016-2017

Alex Pandolfo
Team Director
Alexander.Pandolfo@focus.org

Brian Couri
Campus Missionary
Brian.Couri@focus.org

Dana Grenfell
Campus Missionary
Dana.Grenfell@focus.org

Kelsey McCann
Campus Missionary
Kelsey.McCann@focus.org

Elizabeth Philipps
Campus Missionary
Elizabeth.Philipps@focus.org

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Be Involved

Be choosing to be involved at the JPII Newman Center, you are welcomed into an active social, academic and spiritual family.

From intramural teams to service trips, study groups and Bible studies, the JPII Newman Center is all about opportunity.

Students have the opportunity to lead programs, recruitment efforts, liturgical ministry and much more. While building leadership skills, students also build a lifelong community with others.

Daily and weekly Mass are held on-site in our beautiful St. John Paul II Oratory. Regularly scheduled events, speakers and activities provide endless opportunities to meet new people, be inspired and grow in your faith.

Parish Information

Mass Times

Sunday: 10:30 a.m. & 8:30 p.m.

Monday: 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday: 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday: 5:30 p.m.

Thursday: 8:30 p.m.

Friday: 5:30 p.m.

Saturday: 9:30 p.m.

Reconciliation is available 30 minutes before each Mass.

A Holy Hour with Eucharistic Exposition is offered each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday for one hour before the 5:30 Mass.

Occasionally there are changes to our scheduled Mass times. View our calendar for specific daily, weekly, and special Mass times.

 

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