John was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was trained at Archbishop Ryan High School (staffed by the Franciscans of the Assumption BVM Province), Marquette University, LaSalle University, Aquinas Institute, Catholic University of America and the Pontifico Atheo Antonianum (Rome). He holds advanced degrees in Business Administration, Theology and Canon Law. He made solemn vows in 1977 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1978. John has taught at Christ the King Seminary (East Aurora, NY), St. Bonaventure University (Alleghany, NY) and Mundelein Seminary (Chicago, IL); he was Vicar for Religious in Chicago; he was the Director of Development for the Franciscan Order in Rome, and served on various Archdiocesan Tribunals over the years. John was also Treasurer of the Assumption Province for five years. He assumed the duties of Director of Franciscan Pilgrimages in January of 2005.
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