Rev. Br. John Paul Mary, MFVA was born and raised in New Freedom, Pennsylvania. He earned an associates degree in engineering from DeVry Institute of Technology in 2000. Feeling a call to the priesthood he became a seminarian for the Diocese of Harrisburg, PA shortly after his graduation. During his philosophical studies at the Pontifical College Josephinum, he visited the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word. Following his graduation from Seminary, he entered the MFVA community in October 2004 and he professed final vows on August 14, 2010. Br. John Paul completed his theological studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary on May 4, 2012 and earning a Masters in Divinity. He was ordained a deacon on June 2, 2012 and is now overseeing the EWTN Pilgrimage Department, helping with various community administrative duties, and assisting with the community website.