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Welcome Fr. Chris Johnson!

Fr. ChrisWe recently welcomed Fr. Chris Johnson to the Mission!

Christopher P. Johnson, SJ, 50, was born in Minneapolis and raised in the St. Paul suburbs. Johnson entered the Jesuit novitiate in St. Paul in August 2004 after a 13-year career in the executive search industry and other professional experience that included service on the executive staff of the Boy Scouts of America and work for a national trade association.

After completing the novitiate and taking vows in August 2006, Johnson studied at Ford-ham University in New York, earning a master’s degree in philosophy and an advanced certificate in spiritual direction in 2009. He was then missioned to teach philosophy and religion at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Nebraska, for the 2009-2010 school year, and in 2010 he was missioned for one year to teach religion — both Christian and Lakota sacred stories — at Red Cloud High School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

In 2011, Johnson began studies at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. While there, he helped lead retreats for people experiencing homelessness and sup-ported the faith formation programs at St. Mary the Assumption Parish in Revere, Massachusetts. Johnson was ordained a priest on June 7 and has been missioned to serve in pastoral ministry at St. Francis Mission on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.



2 Responses to “Welcome Fr. Chris Johnson!”

  1. Pat Simonik

    I worked at the mission from 1974 to 1984. My time there was powerful. I saw incredible good in people and was moved to befriend, assist those whose lives involved great struggle.

    From a distance, welcome to the mission. I admire your connection to the homeless.

    Pat Simonik

  2. Lorette & Bill Wambach

    Welcome, Fr. Chris! I’ve known several other “late” vocation priests, 2 of them Jebbies. ALL are inspirational lovers of others. Reading your path to St Francis, I’m sure God has prepared you well.
    Fr. George Haas, SJ, one of your predecessors at St. Francis, was a classmate of mine at Marquette High in Milwaukee (class of 1943 – I’m REALLY old). When he was missioned to St. Francis, he asked many of us to support the Mission there. We’ve been regular contributors since 1975. Later, my cousin, Fr. Jack Wambach, SJ, was missioned to St. Francis.
    So, may the Holy Spirit inspire and guide you in helping the Lakota of all ages, especially those afflicted with alcoholism.


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