The Ryan Foundation donated nearly $500,000 to the St. John Paul II Newman Center of Omaha, Nebraska in February and March of 2022.
The JPII Newman Center in Omaha was a $25.6M project built in 2016 in response to a need to grow campus Catholic ministry housed at St. Margaret Mary and a need for quality student housing in Omaha. The JPII Newman Center was a dream made possible through the work of a few and financial support of many. The Organization actively serves 160 students housed in Newman Hall, and over 200+ community members who call the center their home away from home. Additionally, the center has hundreds of students involved in peer-led small groups, community events, and service projects.
To meet the growing needs of the center, the organization is planning to refinish the basement of the JPII Newman Center. The remodeled basement layout will consist of four small group meeting spaces, two larger offices, and a large classroom with a divider. The nearly $500,000 donation will go towards the construction costs, furnishings, and IT expenses associated with the project.
Eileen and Wayne Ryan believed in Catholic education and the need for a connection to the Church as a strength when faced with life’s challenges. The JPII Newman Center provides that connection for students.
To learn more about the St. John Paul II Newman Center, please visit their website.