August 12, 2018
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Happy 30th Anniversary, Father John!
Father John was born on February 23, 1947 in Tucson and attended Saints Peter & Paul School through middle school. He then attended Salpointe Catholic High School, receiving his diploma in 1965. Always a Wildcat, Father John attended the University of Arizona and received a Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1969, a Master of Art in 1971 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1975. In October 1975, Father John was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona and practiced law as a commercial litigator. Father John had given up on the idea of the priesthood until he saw a 1983 Diocesan newspaper article about an older priest’s ordination. After exploring his options, including discussions with Bishop Green, Bishop Moreno and his law partners, he entered the Sacred Heart School of Theology in January 1985. In May 1988, he received his Master’s degree in Divinity and was ordained at Saint Augustine Cathedral on August 15, 1988. In February 1996, Father John received his Licentiate in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America.
Father John’s first assignment was at Immaculate Heart Parish (Yuma), first as the Transitory Deacon and then as the Parochial Vicar until January 1994. At that time, he was appointed Chancellor for the Diocese, a position he held until January 1999. In February of that year, he became the Pastor at Saints Peter & Paul Parish until his assignment at Saint Thomas the Apostle in July 2010.