Fr. John Celichowski, a Capuchin-Franciscan friar, is the Provincial Minister of the Province of St. Joseph, headquarter in Detroit at St. Bonaventure’s where Venerable Solanus Casey lived his last years, and where his body is entombed.
Prior to his election as Provintial, Fr. John was Pastor of St. Martin de Porres Parish, Milwaukee.
Since March 2006 Fr. John has served on the Board of Directors of Franciscans International, a nongovernmental organization that promotes peace and human rights at the United Nations. He also continues to serve on the International Justice, Peace and Ecology Commission of the Capuchins, based in Rome.
A Milwaukee native, Fr. John made his first profession as a Capuchin in July 1988, his perpetual profession in August 1992 and was ordained to serve the church as a priest in June 1993. A 1980 graduate of St. Lawrence Seminary, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree (Political Science) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1984, a Master of Divini