Recent News

Walk for Life 2017

Posted Monday, January 23rd, 2017

On Saturday January 21, JPCatholic students joined pro-lifers in both the San Diego and San Francisco for their respective 2017 Annual Walk for Life events. Read More about the conference

JPCatholic President Named Business Leader of the Year

Posted Thursday, Aug 10th, 2017

After the university moved to Escondido in 2013 under the leadership of Dr. Derry Connolly, the founder and president of the school, JPCatholic has made a noticeable impact on the city of Escondido itself. It is because of this impact that Dr. Connolly received the Business Leader of the Year award from the Escondido Chamber of Commerce for 2017. Read More

Fr Richard Huston, first chaplain, dies

Posted Monday, May 15th, 2017

Fr. Richard Huston passed away on May 14th, aged 91. He was a priest of the Diocese of San Diego and served as JPCatholic's Chaplain for our first decade. He considered his ministry to our students as one of the major blessings of his priesthood. Read More

Graduating Students Tackle Final Projects

Posted Monday, May 1st, 2017

Pre-production and fundraising is underway for this year's Senior Projects and MBA Thesis films! The range of genres this year include quirky comedy, documentary, psychological thriller, and post-apocalyptic sci-fi. Click to learn more and donate! Read More

Impacting Culture Blog Relaunch

Posted Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Our newly redesigned blog features original content from our faculty and community examining issues of media, culture, and theology. Read More

Immediate and Long Term Campus Expansion

Posted Monday, March 14th, 2017

Our campus continues to expand to enable our bold vision to nurture the creativity and cultivate the imagination of our students within the Creative Arts, the Humanities, and Business, while deeply immersing them in the Catholic Intellectual tradition. Support our campus and program expansion now. Read More

Walk for Life 2017

Posted Monday, January 23rd, 2017

On Saturday January 21, JPCatholic students joined pro-lifers in both the San Diego and San Francisco for their respective 2017 Annual Walk for Life events. Read More about the conference

New Student Life Center Opened

Posted Thursday, Nov 30th, 2016

We celebrate the grand opening of our new Student Life Center - our campus living room, which provides a large space for students to socialize along with the offices of student support services. Read More

JPCatholic's Largest Incoming Class

Posted Thursday, Nov 1st, 2016

JPCatholic added 103 new undergraduate and 60 graduate students this academic year. This represents an impressive growth of 13% in our freshman class size. Read More about the incoming class

BA in Humanities Degree Approved

Posted Wednesday, Sept 15th, 2016

Our new BA in Humanities degree has received WASC Senior College and University Commission approval. Students may now apply for the inaugural class in Fall 2017. The broadly interdisciplinary degree program has three areas of emphasis. Read More

Biblical Studies Conference 2017

Posted Thursday, Sept 14th, 2016

The 14th Annual West Coast Biblical Studies Conference, entitled The Book of Acts: How the Holy Spirit leads the Church through Hard Times will be held on January 27th and 28th, 2017. Tickets now on sale. Read More about the incoming class

University Day - Nov 12

Posted Tuesday, Sept 6th, 2016

University Day, on Saturday Nov 12th, is open to undergraduate prospective students and their families with an exciting lineup of presentations from faculty, a campus tour, and breakout sessions to give insights into academics, student life, and financial aid. Read More

2016 Graduation

Posted Friday, Sept 2nd, 2016

JPCatholic held its 8th annual commencement on Friday, September 2, 2016, graduating Undergraduate BS degrees and graduate MA and MBA degrees. Read More about the property and the opportunity

Student Capstone Projects Screening

Posted Thursday, Sept 1st, 2016

Our senior undergraduate Film and our MBA in Film Producing students screened their capstone projects at Regal Cinema, Escondido on Sept 1 to a standing-room only crowd and a few ranked as the best films yet made at JPCatholic Read More about the capstone projects and how you can support them

Campus Expansion Continues

Posted Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Our campus has again increased in size with the purchase of our chapel building. It more than doubled in size this March with the purchase of 1.6 acres thanks to an extraordinarily generous $1.5M donation by Terry and Barbara Caster. Praise God! Read More about the property and the opportunity

New JPCatholic Overview Video

Posted Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Please check out our new 'Put Out into the Deep' institutional overview video on our Youtube Channel. View Here our video.

Alum chosen for American Film Institute Conservatory Directing Workshop

Posted Friday, April 15th, 2016

Alum Maggie Mart has been chosen as one of eight women to participate in the American Film Institute Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women. AFI churns out Oscar winning filmmakers - Maggie will find herself among an elite group. Read More about the film she wrote and will be directing as part of the program.

Opposition to Senate Bill 1146

Posted Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

JPCatholic strongly opposes California SB 1146, which would limit the free exercise of religion and disadvantages low-income students who want to attend religious colleges. Proposed to eliminate discrimination, SB 1146 produces a new discrimination by stigmatizing and coercively punishing believing Christians. Read Letter our video.

Mother Dolores Hart Letter

Posted Monday, March 2nd, 2016

Mother Dolores Hart, Hollywood actress and contemplative nun writes of JPCatholic as an answer to prayer in her heart to St Pope John Paul II to Impact the Culture for Christ through media. Read More about the Power of Story Essay Contest

Student short film a multiple winner at 2016 San Diego Student Film Awards

Posted Friday, April 7th, 2016

Delivery - a short film project about a lonely housekeeper who tries to escape the life she was born into, earned Aaron Fitzgerald MBA (’14) Best Short Film Direction and Editing awards, while Andrew Rieger MBA (’14) won Best Short Film Editing and Cinematography awards. Read More about the short film on Facebook.

JPCatholic's Largest Incoming Class

Posted Thursday, Oct 1st, 2015

JPCatholic adds 91 new undergraduate and 83 graduate students as it begins Year 10. Our MA in Biblical Theology is now one of the largest Theology graduate programs in California. Read More about the incoming class

JPCatholic's 7th annual commencement

Posted Monday, Sept 14th, 2015

JPCatholic held its 7th annual commencement on Friday, September 11, 2015, graduating Undergraduate BS degrees and graduate MA and MBA degrees. Read More about the graduation

Interview with Producer Karen Covell: Founder of the Hollywood Prayer Network

Posted Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

What does it look like to be a missionary in the “City of Angels”? Producer Karen Covell, founder of the Hollywood Prayer Network, chats about her experiences as a Christian in Hollywood, her interview with Hugh Hefner, and her advice for aspiring filmmakers who want to make a difference in the industry. Read More about the interview

Production complete on another feature film

Posted Monday, June 15, 2015

Rogue Arts have completed production of the family adventure film “Army Dog”! Starring Casper Van Dien, it tells the story of an Army Sergeant and his bomb-sniffing dog who return from a long deployment in Afghanistan. Prof. Vernon Mortensen was producer and many MBA students were involved. US release is slated through Lionsgate. Read More about Army Dog

Featured: JPCatholic is now accredited

Posted Tuesday, March 6, 2015

The University is excited to announce it has received accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Read More » about our accreditation through WASC

Student film “Fairytale” takes home award

Posted Mar 16, 2015

A JPCatholic class project won the award for Best Soundtrack at the San Diego Student Film Awards! Read More about “Fairytale” winning an award

Documentary shows “another side” of Honduras

Posted Mar 5, 2015

Brian Olson talks about his ambitious documentary project, his time at JPCatholic, and his advice for film students! Read More about Brian Olson‘s Honduras Documentary La Otra Cara

A Study in Ephesians CD Box Set

Posted Feb 4, 2015

Dr. Brant Pitre, Dr. Michael Barber, and Prof. John Kincaid reveal The Mystery of Christ in the Church in this CD box set. Buy A Study in Ephesians

JPCatholic hosts Biblical Conference on Ephesians

Posted Jan 15, 2015

On Jan. 9-10, the University hosted the 12th Annual West Coast Biblical Studies Conference, drawing over 900 participants to deepen their knowledge of Sacred Scripture. Read More about this year's Biblical Studies Conference on Ephesians

The Bible and the Virgin Mary

Posted Jan 14, 2015

Join JPCatholic for a free Bible Study this winter focusing on Scripture and the Virgin Mary. The study uses resources from the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and will take place over six weeks on campus. Read More about The Bible and the Virgin Mary bible study

Update on Households at JPCatholic

Posted Dec 16, 2014

Since starting them last year, JPCatholic has grown to include seven unique households on campus. What is a household, and why do we have them on campus? Click to read more from Chris Plance, Director of Mission and Evangelization. Read More about JPCatholic's seven unique households

JPCatholic begins Year 9

Posted Oct 9, 2014

On October 1, JPCatholic began classes with a record incoming freshman class of 81, up from 62 in 2013. 54 new graduate students began studies in Biblical Theology and Film Producing. Read More about JPCatholic's 9th anniversary

+ Bishop Cirilo Flores

Posted Sep 6, 2014

Bishop Cirilo Flores, bishop of San Diego passed away today after a battle with cancer. May he rest in peace. Bishop Flores delivered our 2012 commencement address. Read More

2014 Graduation

Posted Sep 5, 2014

Degrees awarded at our 6th annual commencement included: 28 Undergraduate BS in Communications Media and Business; 22 MBA in Film Producing; and 7 MA in Biblical Theology. Read More

JPCatholic approved for VA Benefits (GI-Bill)

Posted 7.16.14

Great news for current and incoming on-campus students! Eligible on-campus students in our undergraduate, MBA, and MA programs can now use their VA benefits towards tuition expenses at JPCatholic. Read More

Movie Night: Why Media Matters

Posted 7.2.14

Introducing a free lesson plan for Catholic youth ministers and educators. Teach media literacy to your teens with a fun and interactive movie night, grounded in the Church's wisdom on media. Read More

Photo Album: JPII Canonization Events at JPCatholic

Posted 5.12.14

Check out our Facebook page for photos of the Canonization Celebration, Dedication Banquet, JPII Lecture Series, and more! View photo album

Campus Dedication and Blessing

Posted 5.4.2014

The blessing and dedication of our new Escondido campus by Bishop Emeritus Robert Brom, was attended by a large group of students, staff, faculty, regents, trustees and benefactors. The University's inaugural Impacting Culture for Christ Awards were given to Philip Rivers, Chargers Quarterback and Alan Lane, CEO of Silvergate Bank, as well as Chair of our Board of Trustees. See the program

Honor Saint John Paul the Great by supporting a JPCatholic Student

Posted 4.28.2014

Donate $26.55 to the JPCatholic student scholarship fund. That's $1 for every year John Paul the Great was Pope: 26 years, 5.5 months. Your tax-deductible donations will go directly to supporting our patron's call to the New Evangelization. Learn More

JPII Legacy Lecture Videos are available online!

Posted 4.27.2014

To celebrate the canonization of our patron, JPCatholic has recorded its lecture series on the legacy of Pope John Paul II - they are available for free. Watch now

Video: Students Read John Paul II's "Letter to Artists"

Posted 4.21.2014

JPCatholic students have created a 3-minute inspirational video to commemorate the canonization of John Paul II with something that is near and dear to our hearts, his Letter to Artists. Watch Now

Catechetical Track added to MA in Biblical Theology program

Posted 4.17.2014

A Catechetical track is now available in the Master of Arts in Biblical Theology program along with an Exegetical Track. Read More

President Connolly on Pope John Paul II's Inspiration

Posted 4.16.2014

Dr. Derry Connolly shares the story behind JPCatholic's founding, and the inspiration of Pope John Paul II in forming the identity of the University. Read More

Students' Award-winning Commercial Screened at SXSW Film Festival


What began as a project for Commercials class turned into 3rd place prize - and $2,000 - for two JPCatholic students. Read More

New Business Advisory Board supports JPCatholic's student entrepreneurs

Posted 3.13.2014

On Tuesday, March 11, business leaders from the San Diego community gathered at John Paul the Great Catholic University's campus to observe a series of entrepreneurial-minded students present their business plans. Read More

University launches collaboration with San Diego video game companies

Posted 3.5.2014

JPCatholic recently hosted a networking event designed to introduce the University to San Diego's video game industry. The event drew nearly twenty working professionals from a variety of established companies, including Sony Online Entertainment, Rockstar Games, Axis Game Factory, and Appy Entertainment. Read More

Students attend San Diego Walk for Life

Posted 1.18.2014

A large number of students participated in the 2014 San Diego Walk for Life. The theme for this year's walk was Welcoming Everyone to this World. Read More

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