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Classical Education
in the Catholic Tradition

John Paul the Great College is a tertiary institution in Benque Viejo del Carmen, Belize, offering a two-year Associate's program that engages students in a profound dialogue with the greatest thinkers in the history of Western civilization and promotes an authentic Catholic culture on and off campus.

The college began operating in 2013 as an evening program at Mount Carmel High School with 28 full-time students. The faculty members included and still include volunteer professors from the United States of America. After two years in the old BRC Printing building, the College moved over to its new campus on Chapel Hill in August 2016.

Since its founding in 2013, John Paul the Great College has provided a liberal education in line with the Catholic tradition of higher education. It offers concentrations in Business Administration, English, Classics, Theology & Catechetics, and Cybersecurity in addition to the required liberal arts core. The college hopes to expand its academic program, providing more opportunities at an affordable cost for young adults seeking to nurture servant leadership in distinct areas of professional service.

Many thanks are due to the Charles Hunter S.J. Commission for exploring the needs of the community and Meliton Auil and Salvador Habet Sr. for making the college building possible. 

Mission & Vision


Through engaging students in a profound dialogue with the greatest thinkers in the history of Western civilization and by promoting an authentic Catholic culture on campus, John Paul the Great College forms the person intellectually, spiritually, and morally. This formation produces free, virtuous, and professionally competent persons who can direct themselves to their proper end of attaining true happiness and thus contribute effectively to the authentic good of humanity.


A world transformed through education in an authentic encounter with the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

"I came that they may have life, and life to the full." (John 10:10)



John Paul the Great College is a tertiary institution under the patronage of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT), a religious community serving at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish since 1969. Rooted in the sacred mystery of the Blessed Trinity, SOLT institutions are committed to a wholesome education that leads the individual towards Trinitarian relationships to bear fruit for God’s Kingdom. 

Why the Liberal Arts?

Why the Liberal Arts?

In the Western educational tradition, there are seven foundational disciplines called the liberal arts. These are Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric (the Trivium, or the three ways), Geometry, Music, Astronomy, and Arithmetic (the Quadrivium, or the four ways). 

the seven liberal arts

They are called "liberal" because they develop free persons who are able to live well. They are called "arts" because they are things to be mastered. When we master the liberal arts, our world is unlocked before us and we can move on to higher studies and larger possibilities. By attaining a liberal education, students gain an appreciation of all that life offers and develop their physical, intellectual, and spiritual capacities.

"Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought."

~ St. John Paul II

Our Pillars

John Paul Pillars

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Following our patron, John Paul the Great, we strive to be excellent in three ways:

Intellectually - Not just doing, but knowing. Knowledge of the truth is good in itself.

Morally - Choosing and loving the good we know.

Physically - Using our bodies well; for work, play, and the refining of our senses.

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