History of Our Center
The St. John Paul II Newman Center was built as a lasting memorial of the visit of his holiness, Pope (now Saint) John Paul II, to the Archdiocese of Chicago on October 4th-6th, 1979. During that visit, the Holy Father gave his consent for the center to bear his name. The dedication stone (located in the Newman Center) was used in the altar erected for the papal Mass offered in Grant Park on October 5, 1979. The Newman Center was officially dedicated on October 22, 1980.