Joe MacDonald( Co-Founder )
Joe and his wife Corinne founded the John Paul II Project in 2016, as a response to a call to dedicate their lives to help young people become saints and deeply impact the culture for the good. After living in Poland to set up and launch the first programs in Krakow, Joe is now dedicated to launching our development program, relationships with our mission partners, and managing various operations in the Project, with a strong focus on our internal systems, financial and legal dimensions. Joe also travels to universities or other institutions for speaking engagements related to the JP2 Project, which often involve our program alumni. He continues to shape the JP Project style and approach to the holistic formation through key decision making regarding program development and staff and volunteer training.
Prior to co-founding the JP2 Project, Joe served as Residence Director for men’s dormitories at the university and high school level, and has engaged in rugby coaching, youth ministry, and leadership positions for international pilgrimages and missions through Spain, France, Italy, Poland, and Uganda. After years of owning and operating a small cabinet-installation business in Florida, the JP2 Project has been a great fulfillment. Joe still loves to roll up his sleeves when he gets the chance and take his three girls on adventures in the Michigan outdoors.