Student Services

The Pontifical John Paul II Institute offers a breadth of services for the student body.

Identification Cards

Student identification cards are available through the Catholic University Office of Public Safety in Leahy Hall. These cards allow John Paul II Institute students to gain access to the John K. Mullen Memorial Library at The Catholic University of America, as well as entrance to some theaters and other events at a student rate. To receive a card, students must have a picture taken in Pryzbyla University Center, Room 242.


Dining services are also available at the Pryzbyla Center on The Catholic University of America campus. The student restaurant on the third floor offers a buffet for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and brunch and dinner on the weekend. The food court on the second floor offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Friday, with limited weekend hours. Additionally, there is a convenience store located on the first floor of the Pryzbyla Center.  The cafeteria at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is open for breakfast and lunch.

Parking Permits

Parking permits are available to students for the Saint John Paul II Shrine at 3900 Harewood Road, NE. These parking permits are made available to full-time students first and may be obtained free of charge from Room 312. The permits allow for parking at the Shrine Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and during some evening and weekend events sponsored by the Institute.

Students may also choose to purchase a parking permit to park on campus at The Catholic University of America. Individuals may purchase only one vehicle hangtag permit. Permits are not transferable.

Post Office

A contract postal station is operated by CUA—identified as Cardinal Station—on the ground floor of McMahon Hall.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday (202-319-5225).  The Brookland Station Post Office is also available to students at 3401 12th Street NE, Washington, D.C.  20017.