President Connolly shares the story of founding JPCatholic and the inspiration drawn from John Paul II in shaping the University. The Story I spent November 2nd, 2000, at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio – it was a day that would change my life forever. I didn’t want to be there. My 16-year old daughter, who […]


Most of us leave after fade out and before the end credits. In the old days, credits came before the film as did other small entertainments or news. Hollywood put a big emphasis on their crews and cast, making sure that we, the paying audience, appreciated the immense effort poured into such endeavors, at least […]


[Spoilers below] When I teach classes on storytelling and faith integration, one of the most important things I can share with students is that sermons aren’t stories, and stories aren’t sermons.  They can complement each other, but the deepest power of stories is their ability to illustrate truths, to connect the storyteller and the audience […]


Recently, I watched for the first time the movie, Catch Me If You Can. This movie was not just entertaining but emotional.  While watching this movie I began to see a very important theme in this thrilling story. The story is about a young man, Frank Abagnale Jr., who runs away from his family and […]


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Striking the Balance with Noah

March 30, 2014 Joe Houde

(Full spoilers below)  So I wanted to like Noah – I really did. I saw it Thursday night with an open mind, expecting a story that strongly deviated from Scripture.  I was willing to give Aronofsky quite a bit of artistic license, and just let myself enjoy a good story loosely inspired by our Judeo-Christian […]

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What Would Noah Think of “Noah”?

March 28, 2014 Alumni Posts

Spoiler Alert – So while I will not be revealing any major plot twists in this commentary, it’s impossible to talk about the new Noah adaptation without mentioning some details.  I have a strong dislike for people when they talk about movies in too much detail, giving away everything from a character’s ending to the […]

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The HFR Medium and How It Can Survive

March 26, 2014 Chris Rodacy

When I first found out that Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit was going to be shot in 48 frames per second, my geek feelers went off. For a long time I have been what you might call a fan of “un-traditional media exposition.” So when the chance came along to watch the Hobbit in IMAX 3D […]

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Our 33 favorite JPII quotes

March 25, 2014 Joe Houde

Happy Feast of the Annunciation! If you follow John Paul the Great Catholic University on Facebook, you are well familiar with “JP2sday” when every Tuesday we post a new JPII quote.  Well… it’s officially 33 days until John Paul II’s canonization, and below are our 33 favorite quotes from this soon-to-be-saint! #1  #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 […]

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Faith in Art: Talents Invested

March 22, 2014 CJ Williams

Pasquale Talarico is unassuming – like a live wire. You don’t catch the buzz until you touch it. A month ago, sitting across a narrow table from him in a buffet grocery near Orange, CA,  I thought, so this is what impacting culture looks like. Pasquale is a father, a youth minister at Servite Catholic […]

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Glorifying in Life Makes Good Art

March 19, 2014 CJ Williams

Go forth and proclaim the good news with your lives! I used to have a friend who said, “Have a good time, give a good time.”  I think she might just as well have said, “Have a good time, make a good piece of art.” This morning, I wandered out of Mass with the priest’s […]

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