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Fr. John Paul Mary, MFVA was born and raised in New Freedom, Pennsylvania. While growing up he enjoyed skateboarding and rollerblading. After high school he worked full-time for a hardware store and devoted much time and attention to his fixing and modifying his show car. He went back to school in the late 1990’s and earned an associate’s 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. Fr. John Paul completed his theological studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in May 2012, earning a Masters in Divinity. He was ordained in June 2013.

"For me, it is a great joy to be together with priests." -Pope Benedict XVI