Name of Church John Paul the Great Catholic University chapel

Address 155 W. Grand Avenue in downtown Escondido

Phone number (858) 653-6740


Mass times Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. during the 40 weeks of the year when classes are in session.  The public is welcome to attend. The Mass draws some Chaldean rite seminarians, hence Friday’s Mass is a Chaldean rite liturgy.

Confessions Confession available after Mass.

Names of priests Different priests from the diocese come and celebrate Mass on a rotating basis.

Special events One way for the public to experience the school is to participate in the senior film screenings in early September. See the school website for details.

Fellow parishioners Mass is currently held in a classroom which seats about 80. Most who attend are JP Catholic students and staff. The school’s president, Derry Connolly, said he enjoyed going to Mass at the school because “I love being surrounded by 18 to 22-year-olds who are on fire with love for Jesus.”

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Additional observations John Paul the Great Catholic University (or “JP Catholic”) was founded as New Catholic University in 2003, and opened its doors to students in 2006. It was renamed for the late pontiff after his death in 2005. The school offers bachelor’s degrees in communications, business and humanities, and an MBA in film producing. The university is pleased to share with visitors its mission: Impact Culture for Christ. The school is orthodox and prides itself on its Catholic identity. It serves nearly 300 students.

St. Teresa of Calcutta Chapel – In 2020 or 2021, the school hopes to open its first campus chapel, St. Teresa of Calcutta Chapel. The chapel is a 1925 structure located across the street from the school. The new chapel is currently in the design phase; work on the structure may begin in January 2019. Donations are being sought to help fund the chapel; visit

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