His message has borne lasting fruit in our time and his message will continue to have resounding impact in the decades to come.
The St. John Paul II Foundation is but one fruit of the life, teaching, and personal witness of St. John Paul II. Like our patron, our unique mission is a breath of fresh air in a culture seemingly defined by conflict.
We are humbled to accompany and inspire the three audiences our initiatives serve as we offer education and formation that is authentic, relevant, and inspired.
Prayer and sacrifice have brought us to where we are today; prayer and sacrifice will carry us into the future. I invite you to share in my confidence and excitement by joining this apostolate that honors the legacy of St. John Paul II and extends his beautiful teaching to new generations of Catholics.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Arland K. Nichols, President
A national Catholic apostolate proclaiming the Good News about life and family through education and formation.
O Blessed Trinity, we thank you for having blessed the Church with St. John Paul II. Trusting fully in your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession of Mary, he has given us a living image of Jesus the Good Shepherd. He has shown us that holiness is the necessary measure of ordinary Christian life and is the way of achieving eternal communion with you. Grant us, by his intercession, and according to your will, the graces we implore for the St. John Paul II Foundation. We specifically pray for the success of the Foundation’s mission to inspire and equip spouses, clergy, and medical professionals. We give you thanks for the generous benefactors, dedicated employees, and selfless volunteers who make this labor in Your vineyard possible. Bless all those involved in this work and allow the St. John Paul II Foundation to flourish throughout our nation. We ask these things through Christ our Lord. Amen.
St. John Paul II, pray for us.
St. John Paul II’s message to recognize the “urgency of the task” in proclaiming the Gospel of life and love spoke to co-founders Arland Nichols and Chris Stravitsch, who had been friends since their days at Texas A&M University in the early 2000s. While in Rome in 2013, and after many conversations and a great deal of preparatory work, Arland discerned the name, mission, and charism of a new organization that would be devoted to perpetuating St. John Paul’s legacy and passion for human life and for families.
Support from Church leaders came quickly as Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller and Archbishop José Gomez became Episcopal Advisors and Daniel Cardinal DiNardo formally recognized the St. John Paul II Foundation as “Catholic”. This was followed by the generous gift of a first class relic of the saint’s blood given by his personal secretary of 40 years, Stanislaw Cardinal Dziwisz. When outreach to friends yielded openness to spiritual and financial support, the founders were confirmed in their mission and “put out into the deep”.
The first initiative of the new Foundation was “Converging Roads”, which was based on an earlier program that focused on equipping Catholic medical professionals to practice the highest ethical and medical standards. In 2013, Archbishop García-Siller requested a conference modeled upon Converging Roads, but tailored for the priests of the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Thus, the Shepherd’s Heart initiative was created. The Together in Holiness initiative was launched with a conference in 2014 in the Diocese of Orlando, as a response to a great need for marriage enrichment and support for young families.
The Foundation was officially launched in May of 2014 as the Church celebrated the canonization of St. John Paul II. From our founding, it has been our goal to grow a world-class Catholic organization rooted in the life and teaching of St. John Paul II. By God’s grace, and with the support of many incredible friends, the St. John Paul II Foundation will continue to grow and serve life and family.