Jacob Francois is a graduate student of Philosophy and Theology at the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow, Poland. He is the oldest of six (with his twin brother) from Cedar Rapids, IA, and is a dual national of Luxembourg. Jacob received his B.A. while studying philosophy and theology at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. He has participated in many academic seminars both in the US and abroad which have given Jacob the opportunity to see the wide breadth of Catholicism around the world both academically and culturally through his love of travel. Jacob is an avid lover of the outdoors, fine wine, and likes to combine the two with good conversations, particularly next to a campfire. 

Jacob’s love for Polish Catholicism began at World Youth Day in 2016 in Krakow, Poland. He decided to pursue his love of St. John Paul II by studying in Krakow with the JPII Project’s inaugural class in the summer of 2018. He has taught high school theology and worked with young people at his home parish as the director of youth and young adults. We are so grateful to have Jacob join the team in serving all of our programs abroad in Krakow as he continues his graduate studies and completes his thesis on Wojtyla’s philosophical anthropology.