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Fr. Peter Junipero, O.P., was born in Temple, Texas to a military father and a teacher mother. He grew up in Monterey, California after his family moved there when he was still young. Through high school and college, he developed a passion for the game of golf, among other sports, and played on the golf team in high school and at the University of California, San Diego. After falling prey to many of the wayward – so to speak – adventures that commonly attend university life at American universities, he experienced a conversion back to the childhood Presbyterian faith in which he was raised during his senior year. Out of college, after a brief stint in high school youth ministry at his Presbyterian church, he ventured to St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, to pursue a deeper life of prayer, and intellectual and spiritual searching. In 2003 he entered the Catholic Church, and in 2006 entered the novitiate of the Dominican Friars of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus (U.S Western Province). He was ordained to the priesthood on the Feast of the Visitation, May, 31st, 2014. He still retains a passion for sports – golf, basketball, hiking, backpacking – but most of his time now is consumed with ministry at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Newman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. His probable plans are to go on for a higher degree in Sacred Scripture, and pursue a life of teaching and preaching in service of the Church.

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