Father John, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, professed vows as a Divine Word Missionary in 1990 and was ordained a Priest in 1997. He has served as a missionary in urban Mexico City, rural Paraguay, and in various Hispanic and Vietnamese parishes/ministries across the United States. Father John was appointed Secretary for the last four General Chapters of the Society of the Divine Word in Rome (2000, 2006, 2012, 2018).
B.A. – Divine Word College, Epworth, IA (Sociology and Theology)
M.Div. – Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL (Mission)
M.A. – Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL (Sacred Scripture)
Ph.D. – Catholic University of America, Washington, DC (Sacred Scripture)
Old Testament, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Johannine Literature, Catholic Epistles, Christology
New Testament, especially the Gospel of Luke, Parables, Issues of Wealth and Poverty, and Socio-Narratological Criticism
Tormented in Hades: The Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31) and Other Lucan Parables for Persuading the Rich to Repentance. (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2013).
Catholic Biblical Association
Catholic Biblical Federation
Spanish, Vietnamese, Biblical Greek