Life: Fr. John Paul Crispin was born on August 12. He is the second born in a family of three children. He is the son of Late Mr. S. Crispin and Mrs. Louisa Mary Crispin. He is from the Archdiocese of Bangalore, India. His home parish church is Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Bangalore, India. His older brother Fr. Amal Raj Crispin is also a Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Bangalore, India.
Religious Community: Fr. John Paul Crispin is the member of Franciscan Missionaries of Hope. The religious community founded in Kenya, Africa. Franciscan Missionaries of Hope, (The Lyke Community), is a catholic congregation of priests and brothers inspired by the Holy Spirit to live together and observe the Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ following the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi in witnessing to the life of evangelical counsels while committed to their mission and ministry of hope to God’s people. Their religious community charisms are pastoral counselling and hospitality. He has been a missionary in East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania)
Formation, Ordination and Ministry: He graduated the Master of Divinity in 2014 from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, LA. He was ordained on June 21, 2014 at St. Mary of the Pines Catholic Church, Shreveport, Louisiana by Bishop Michael G. Duca. His first appointment as the Parochial Vicar was also at St. Mary of the Pines Catholic Church and it’s mission Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Shreveport, LA. After completing his five years as the Parochial Vicar, he has been assigned as the Pastor of St. Joseph, Mansfield and it’s mission St. Ann, Stonewall, LA. He faithfully ministered all age groups in his previous parish. He has a great zeal for ministry to children, homebound, and family.
Favorite Saints: St. Anthony of Padua, St. Mother Theresa of Calcutta, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Thomas the Apostle, St. Francis Xavier and his patron Saint St. John Paul II. He was inspired to be missionary by reading the lives of the missionary religious men and women. His mother used to tell the lives of the saints and reading and explain to him the valuable teachings of the church. When he was growing up his mother often reads the Bible before he goes to bed. The Word of God was a great foundation for him to be rooted in his pastoral approach to the people of God.
Favorite Quotation: “Christ speaks to all through the priest’s lips, Christ sees all through the priest’s eyes, Christ loves all through the priest’s heart, Christ helps all through the priest’s hands, Christ teaches all through the priest’s mind, without Priestly ministry there would be no Eucharist, no mission and even no Church.” (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI). This very quote he put in his souvenir card on his first mass. Even the words of St. John Paull II (his patron saint) inspired him, “Priesthood is not a profession but a vocation.”
Favorite Bible Verse: “Simon, son of John, do you love me?… and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.” (John 21:17). The Lord Jesus invited Simon Peter for a mission to serve and to love. Fr. John Paul’s role model Mother Teresa said, “God has not called me to be successful. He called me to be faithful.” With this inspiration he tries to be faithful in his pastoral ministry to serve the least, the lost, and the last. He has zeal to serve God and His people without any boundaries and differences. Service to many is his goal and mission. He has to go through a lot of hardship in his vocation because he was rejected many times but God had a great plan for him to serve his people. “God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong” (1 Corinthians 1:27). God has led him to the altar because of his trust and faithfulness.
Favorite Words of St. Francis of Assisi: “…the Lord gave me, and gives me still, such faith in priests who live according to the rite of the Holy Roman Church because of their orders that were they to persecute me; I would still want to have recourse to them… And I act in this way because, in this world, I see nothing physically of the Most High Son of God except His Most Holy Body and Blood which they receive and they alone administer to others. I want to have these Most Holy Mysteries honored and venerated above all things and I want to reserve them in precious places.” (From the Testament of St. Francis of Assisi)
Favorite Food: Gumbo, Jambalaya, boudin, salads, Ice cream, vanilla cake, spicy Indian food, seafood and other international food.
Favorite Sports: Volley Ball, Ping Pong, Cricket, Soccer, Football (Saints is his favorite NFL team).
Adventures: Zip lining, Go-Kart, Maid of the Mist boat ride in Niagara falls, and many other adventures in East coast.
New Assignment: He is happy and excited to minister the parishioners of St. Joseph and St. Ann. He is available for them. He is ready to begin his new chapter with the wonderful and prayerful parishioners. This is his first assignment as a pastor at St. Joseph and St. Ann. May the Lord bless him and his parishioners as he begins his new assignment. He requests his parishioners to pray for him and he assures his prayers and love to the people of God. God is Good All the Time, All the Time God is Good. All praise and Glory to God.