Saint John Paul II House Intro

House Chairs:

Andrew Kocmoud

Howdy! My name is Andrew Kocmoud and I am a junior Management Information Systems major from College Station, Texas. I was raised in a large, homeschooled, and Catholic family. Some of my favorite hobbies include: ping pong, guitar, cajon (box drum), card tricks, and building/fixing things. I have been involved in several organizations at St. Mary’s such as St. Mary’s Youth Retreat Team (SMYRT), John 15, Prayer Bench, and Aggie Awakening. A fun fact about me is that I could survive on nothing but Ritz Bits and chocolate milk.

Esther Knodell

Howdy! My name is Esther Knodell. I am a junior Education Major from San Antonio, Texas. I am so excited to be serving as one of the House Chairs for Connect 2019! I love singing and am a part of the Texas A&M Women’s Chorus. I have been involved in choir ministry and John15 for two years. My hobbies include playing basketball, having dance parties, and making corny jokes. I can’t wait to meet you!

About St. John Paul II:

Pope Saint John Paul II (JP2 a.k.a. the coolest person ever) was born on May 18th, 1920 in Wadowice, Poland. Growing up, JP2 enjoyed theater, poetry, skiing, and swimming. In the year 1978 he became the first non-Italian pope in more than 400 years. JP2 traveled the world during his papacy, visiting more than 100 countries to spread his message of faith and peace. In 1981, an assassin shot JP2 twice, but fortunately he was able to recover and later forgave his attacker. JP2 died on April 2, 2005 at the age of 84 and was canonized a saint nine years later on April 27, 2014. Some fun facts about JP2 is that he published the first official Catholic catechism since the Council of Trent, he was seen by more people than any other person in history, and his CD of him simply praying the rosary went “platinum” (over 1 million sold).

Lauren Gulde