Christopher P. Johnson, SJ
Christopher P. Johnson, SJ

Christopher P. Johnson, SJ, 50, was born in Minneapolis and raised in the St. Paul suburbs. Following high school, he studied politics and economics, earning a bachelor’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C., in 1986. Johnson entered the Jesuit novitiate in St. Paul in August 2004 after a 13-year career in the executive search industry and other professional experience that included service on the executive staff of the Boy Scouts of America and work for a national trade association. After completing the novitiate and taking vows in August 2006, Johnson studied philosophy, spiritual direction and theology at Fordham University in New York, earning a master’s degree in philosophy and an advanced certificate in spiritual direction in 2009. He was then missioned to teach philosophy and religion at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Nebraska, for the 2009-2010 school year, and in 2010 he was missioned for one year to teach religion — both Christian and Lakota sacred stories — at Red Cloud High School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. In 2011, Johnson began studies at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. While completing a Master of Divinity degree, he helped lead retreats for people experiencing homelessness and supported the faith formation programs at St. Mary the Assumption Parish in Revere, Massachusetts. Following ordination as a deacon in the fall of 2013, Johnson served in preaching and sacramental ministries at St. Mary of the Assumption in Revere and also at Our Lady of Grace Parish in Chelsea-Everett, Massachusetts. Other experiences during his formation have included living as an assistant at L’Arche Daybreak, working in hospital chaplaincy, serving on a mission in northeast India, engaging in language studies in Ecuador, serving on the board of Gesu Housing and working in spiritual and retreat direction. Following ordination, Johnson will serve in pastoral ministry at St. Francis Mission on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. (Wisconsin Province) 

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