Fr. Justin grew up in Richmond, BC, the third of three brothers. Though not raised Catholic, he started going to Mass when he was 13. After a powerful experience of God’s love through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, he felt called to the Holy priesthood at the age of 16.
He entered Seminary of Christ the King in Mission, BC, where he completed his BA in liberal arts. He then studied theology at St. Joseph’s seminary in New York, where he obtained a M.Div/S.T.B (Summa cum laude) and a MA in Moral Theology, writing his thesis on homosexual acts.
He was ordained a priest in 2006, happily served as an assistant in St. Mary’s, Chilliwack and St. Paul’s, Richmond, and then was asked to study for the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See in Rome. After completing three years of study at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome, where he learned Italian, and completed his J.C.L. (Licentiate in Canon Law) with a thesis on the rights and duties surrounding dialogue in the Church, he returned to Vancouver, and served as assistant pastor at Our Lady of the Assumption parish, Port Coquitlam, while being the part-time chaplain at our highly-rated local Catholic college, Redeemer Pacific College. He is thrilled to be now appointed pastor of St. Anthony’s and is very thankful to God to be here.
Fr. Justin loves God and the Church with all his heart and tries his best to give God’s love and truth to others! He also loves prayer, discussions about anything serious, and loves sports, especially tennis, hockey, Wushu and Volleyball. Because he wrote a thesis on dialogue, he loves asking and answering questions, so that we can know the truth better. If there’s anything he can do for you, just ask! He’ll do his best to help.
His blog is: thejustmeasure.ca