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Fr. John Mitchell

Fr. John Mitchell

Associate Pastor

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I grew up in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, the fourth of five children. After graduating from Brookfield Academy in 2002, I went to the Catholic University of America to study architecture and civil engineering. I soon caught the philosophy bug, however, and ended up changing majors accordingly. Truth be told, Ultimate Frisbee was the real bug I caught at CUA, along with dating the woman of my dreams . . . and the first inklings of a vocation to the priesthood. After college, I headed to the Big Apple to test my salt as a journalist at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. God knew what He was doing and lined up several things that year that made my path to the seminary clear.

I entered the seminary in 2007 – which turned out to be the same year the woman of my dreams entered the Sisters of Life to become a religious sister. God has a sense of humor and is orchestrating our lives and relationships in all kinds of hidden ways! I was sent to Rome in 2010 to complete my seminary training at the Pontifical North American College. In July of 2011, I attended a three-week intensive stuttering clinic at the Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research in Alberta, Canada. Having stuttered all my life, this program was a sea change for me and opened the final doors of my path towards the priesthood.

I was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Listecki at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on May 18, 2013 – the Vigil of Pentecost. Come Holy Spirit! After spending two glorious months at Holy Family in Fond du Lac, I returned to Rome for two more years to complete a licentiate (like a masters degree) in biblical theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. On April 29, 2015, the feast of St. Catherine of Siena, Archbishop Listecki appointed me as an Associate Pastor at Holy Family in Fond du Lac, where I look forward to laboring in the vineyard!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, […] and he will make straight your paths.” (Prov 3:5-6)