John became a catechist and lay minister where he grew up, Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Tujunga, CA, where he served as a junior high catechist, youth minister, and young adult minister, as well as singing with the contemporary choir and serving on the liturgy committee. After getting married and moving to Long Beach, he joined the RCIA team at Our Lady of Refuge in 1997, and was appointed director in 2007. John has regularly attended numerous catechetical and RCIA workshops over the last 35 years, including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the North American Forum on the Catechumenate, and with TeamRCIA. After 12 years of Catholic education, John earned a BS in Business Administration from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. John also owes a lot of thanks to his wife Pat, who is a Theology graduate from Loyola Marymount University and served as a parish Director of Formation for 20 years.
He is the author of Your Roadmap to a Conversion-Centered Catechumenate:
A Report from the Trenches