No stranger to Campus Ministry or SCU, John Michael returns to the Valley of the Heart's Delight where he serves as the Campus Minister for Sacramental Preparation, walking along those who wish to share in the Catholic Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and/or Eucharist. He also gets to share in the university's liturgical life by coordinating reconciliation liturgies, seasonal devotions (e.g., Stations of the Cross during Lent) and Misas en Espanol.
A native of San Francisco, he is also a fellow Bronco (Class of 2009, Anthropology and Religious Studies, minor in Catholic Studies). During his time at SCU, JM was active in campus ministry, participated in many immersion trips (Mexico and NOLA), studied abroad in Rome Italy (JFRC!), and served on what was then known as Associated Students of SCU. As of June 2013, he holds the Master of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. (Random fact: In 2008-2009, he was the teaching assistant for Prof. Gary Macy. One of JM's major tasks was helping with the integration of JSTB and SCU, now called JST-SCU. Little did he know, JM would attend JST. It's funny how the Spirit works). He was also formed at the Franciscan School of Theology in worship and cultural studies. He owes a great deal of gratitude for the community life he experienced at FST-Berkeley.
In 2012, John Michael was awarded a Ministry Fellowship through the Fund for Theological Education, which afforded him funding for a project based on personal identity and vocational discernment.He used the fellowship to travel to the Philippines to learn about his family's background, to meet extended family, to learn about popular religiosity, and to explore the Casa Bayanihan, a study abroad program that mirrors SCU's Casa El Salvador.
He has served as a liturgist, catechumenate volunteer and cantor for the past 15 years in parish, campus, diocesan and national settings. He has also ministered in a variety of settings: liturgist for the Sisters of the Holy Names' Convent in Los Gatos, CA, retreat and camping ministry for the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of Seattle, Food Pantry and Liturgical leadership at Saint Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church and as a Hospital Chaplain at San Francisco General Hospital.
His most recent ministry was service as the Campus Minister for Liturgy and Wedding Coordination (which also entailed directing the life of the nationally acclaimed Chapel of Saint Ignatius) at Seattle University.(And yes, he did fall in love with the Sounders and the Seahawks.
When JM isn't discussing things faith-y or laughing at some Catholic Kitsch, he thrives on being with his community of friends and family, reading Buzzfeed, rummaging for [free] food, or working up a sweat at the local Orange Theory Fitness. He is excited and humbled to be in a position where he gets to share faith, discuss different signs and symbols and assist students to reflect on where the Spirit is leading their hearts.
He is also excited about the wisteria, and the sprinkling rite during the Easter Season - please, leave your poncho at home.
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