NEW EVANGELIZATION PROGRAM

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overview

Our new millennium has ushered in an explosion of new media and channels in which to spread the Good News of Christ; Pope Saint John Paul II called us to embrace these new forms of communications to impact the culture in which we live. John Paul the Great Catholic University's New Evangelization emphasis, the unique blend of media, business, and theology will equip you with the tools to make that impact. This program is often called a “practical theology degree,” because students are given not only a formation in theology, but also a practical skill set with which to make a living.

core curriculum

In the New Evangelization program, you will also receive a solid foundation in business, including classes in accounting, marketing, and project management. These are incredibly crucial skills for any Catholic leader running an apostolate or working for the Church, and too often they are overlooked until they are needed. Our foundation in business prepares you with the skills to be good stewards of not only your own gifts, but also those of the various ministries you have the chance to be a part of down the road.

The Church is in great need of passionate Catholics who can bring their gifts of creativity and media competence to building up the Church. At JPCatholic, you will receive a solid education in media, taking classes in the fundamentals of production, post-production, and the nuts and bolts of filmmaking. You will receive the real skills necessary to not only make a living, but also respond to John Paul II’s call for a New Evangelization.

At JPCatholic, our students are given a rigorous education in theology and philosophy. In approaching the study of Scripture and theology, you are guided by an in-depth study of the writings of the fathers and doctors of the Church, in particular St. Thomas Aquinas. While the practical curriculum can prepare you to work for the Church right away, the solid academic foundation also prepares students who wish to pursue further education after graduation.

what makes us different?

our authentically catholic community

Our campus is a place where students can grow both professionally and spiritually. We’re a unique community of artists and innovators, centered around our faith in Jesus Christ and the beauty of the Catholic faith. Immerse yourself in an abundance of opportunities for spiritual growth, including Daily Mass, Confession, Adoration, Rosary, Retreats, and Service Projects.

graduate in 3 years

Our unique academic model prepares students for the real-world pace of professional life in the industry, with a focus on hands-on projects, internships, and portfolio preparation. The program is structured on a year-round quarter system, and you graduate with your Bachelors Degree in just 12 quarters. Each quarter is 10 weeks long, with about 3 weeks of break between each quarter.

quarter in LA

Summer of senior year, media students have the opportunity to study at a satellite campus in Burbank, located right up the street from the Warner Bros. studio lot. These 10 weeks open up a host of new opportunities for internships, networking, and experiencing life in the entertainment capital of the world.

located in san diego county

John Paul the Great Catholic University is centered in north county San Diego, just a 35-minute drive from downtown in America's Finest City. Southern California is famous for its fantastic weather, beautiful beaches and mountains, and bustling metropolitan areas. Our campus is just 15 miles from the beach, a short trip by car or train. And with Los Angeles and Hollywood within striking distance, students have even more opportunities for internships and networking.

our small campus environment

With a total student body under 300, JPCatholic offers a warm, tight-knit campus community. Foster lifelong friendships, form creative partnerships, and surround yourself with a supportive environment that encourages your growth in both virtue and artistic excellence

Our small classroom sizes offer the chance for one-on-one mentorship from industry professionals who have worked at Pixar, Warner Bros., Disney, and Hanna-Barbera Studio

Meet the Faculty

  • An expert on the Apostle Paul.
  • The co-author with Scott Hahn of an article entitled, 'The Multiple Literal Sense in Thomas Aquinas's Commentary on Romans and Modern Pauline Hermeneutics,' which was published in 2012 by CUA Press in Reading Romans with St. Thomas Aquinas, edited by Matthew Levering and Michael Dauphinais.
  • Received his PhD from Ave Maria University, studying under Prof. Michael Waldstein.
  • Received a Th.M. from Duke Divinity School and a M.A. in Theology (MA) from Covenant Theological Seminary.
  • Granted the mandatum by Cirilio Flores, the late bishop of San Diego.
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  • Received an MA (2007) and PhD (2012) in Theology from Ave Maria University in Naples, FL and a BA in Philosophy (2003) from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.
  • The author of 16 scholarly articles, book chapters, and reviews and is the editor of Wisdom and the Renewal of Catholic Theology - Essays in Honor of Matthew L. Lamb with Roger W. Nutt (Pickwick Press, 2016), for which he also wrote the introduction.
  • His research focuses on the theology of St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas, the theologico-political problem, faith and reason, and the relationship of philosophy and theology with literature and film.

JOHN KINCAID

THOMAS HARMON

Professor of Theology and Scripture

Professor of Theology and Culture

  • Began his professional career over 20 years ago on the Paramount Studios lot working for Entertainment Tonight in the post-production department.
  • Produced, directed, wrote and edited hundreds of television commercials, documentaries, sports and entertainment programs and news stories.
  • The recipient of numerous national and regional awards for television production, including 4 Telly Awards and a Cable ACE Award.
  • Served for 2 years as vice-president of the Orange County Chapter of the Media Communications Association International.
  • Received his BA in Television, Radio and Film Production from California State University, Long Beach.
  • Served as the Rector of the Seminary of Mar Abba the Great until 2016.
  • Granted the mandatum by Robert Brom, as an ecclesial recognition of Fr Andy's posture and commitment to teach always in communion with the Church.
  • An avid translator of Aramaic, and is the translator/editor of the Emmanuel prayer book.
  • The co-author of Introductory Chaldean and Chaldean Grammar, and the author of Perpetual Jubilee: Meditations on the Chaldean Liturgical Year.
  • Received MA in Philosophy and Theology in 2004 from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, with honors for his thesis: 'The Mesopotamian School and Theodore of Mopsuestia.'
  • Received his BA in Philosophy from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit in 2001.

TOM DUNN

FR. ANDY YOUNAN

Professor of Film Producing and Distribution

Professor of Philosophy and Biblical Language

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  • theology, philosophy, and liberal arts

    At JPCatholic, our students are given a rigorous education in theology and philosophy. In approaching the study of Scripture and theology, you are guided by an in-depth study of the writings of the fathers and doctors of the Church, in particular St. Thomas Aquinas. While the practical curriculum can prepare you to work for the Church right away, the solid academic foundation also prepares students who wish to pursue further education after graduation.

  • leadership

    In the New Evangelization program, you will also receive a solid foundation in business, including classes in accounting, marketing, and project management. These are incredibly crucial skills for any Catholic leader running an apostolate or working for the Church, and too often they are overlooked until they are needed. Our foundation in business prepares you with the skills to be good stewards of not only your own gifts, but also those of the various ministries you have the chance to be a part of down the road.

  • communications

    The Church is in great need of passionate Catholics who can bring their gifts of creativity and media competence to building up the Church. At JPCatholic, you will receive a solid education in media, taking classes in the fundamentals of production, post-production, and the nuts and bolts of filmmaking. You will receive the real skills necessary to not only make a living, but also respond to John Paul II’s call for a New Evangelization.