John Petrikovic, OFM Cap., is a Capuchin Franciscan friar priest in the full-time Ministry of Preaching, offering workshops on Franciscan topics, mission formation for Franciscan Health Systems, retreats to Religious Men and Women in the English-speaking world and parish missions throughout the United States.
John holds a BA in Counseling Psychology (1975), an MA in Liturgical Theology (1980), an MA in Franciscan Studies (1986) and an STL from Rome’s Antonianum University in Spirituality. John served his Province in initial formation of friars from 1981-1995, teaching in the Religious Studies Department of Borromeo Seminary of the Cleveland Diocese from 1982-1990 and on the staff of his Province’s novitiate from 1990-1995. He served as the Provincial Spiritual Assistant to the Secular Franciscans during the important time of Regionalization for the Order. His most recent assignment was as Vice Rector, Prefect of Studies and Liturgical Director of the Collegio San Lorenzo, the International House of Graduate Studies for the Capuchin Franciscan Order in Rome (2004-2010). His doctoral studies at the Gregorian University in Rome focused on pre-Reformation Italy and the emerging roots of the Capuchin-Franciscan reform.
John, an avid musician who plays keyboards and has animated Liturgies for both National and International gatherings of friars, is also a regular contributor to Weekday Homily Helps (since 1983) for St. Anthony Messenger Press and serves on the staff of the Franciscan Pilgrimage Program, Milwaukee, WI, which provides pilgrimage and study opportunities in Assisi, Rome, the Holy Land, and the Franciscan Missions of California.