Fr. John J. Pasquini, Pastor

Curriculum Vitae 

Fr. John J. Pasquini, B.A., M.A., M.Div., D.D., Th.D.
St. John of the Cross, 7590 26th Street, Vero Beach, Fl 32966

Country  and Place of Origin

  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada (born March 19, 1964)


  • Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy), Magna cum Laude, St. John’s Seminary College, CA (1987)
  • Master of Arts in Theology, Summa cum Laude, St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary, FL (1997)
  • Master of Divinity, Magna cum Laude, St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary, FL (1998)
  • Doctor of Theology (by dissertation), Providence Theological School, PA (2013)—Accredited through the World-Wide Accreditation Commission of Christian Educational Institutions.
  • Doctor of Divinity (Honorary), St. James the Elder, FL (2115).
  • Deaconate (1997)
  • Priesthood (1998)
  • English, French.  Spanish (reading)
  • Catholic Schoolteacher (English Literature), St. Clare Catholic School, NPB, FL (1988-1993)
  • Parochial Vicar, St. Joan of Arc, Boca Raton, FL (1998-1999)
  • Spiritual Moderator, Diocesan Respect Life Office, Diocese of Palm Beach (2001-2002)
  • Spokesperson for bio-ethics issues, Diocese of Palm Beach (2001-2003)
  • Spiritual Moderator, Founder of Palm Beach Diocese’s Rachel’s Vineyard (2001-2002)
  • Spiritual Moderator, Third Order of Carmelites (1999-2003)
  • Parochial Vicar, St. Clare, North Palm Beach, FL (1999-2003)
  • Parochial Vicar, St. Juliana, WPB, FL (2003-2004)
  • Chaplain, Spiritual Director, Liturgical Committee Chairman, Adjunct, Ave Maria University, FL (2004)
  • Parochial Vicar, St. Jude’s, Tequesta, FL (2004-2007)
  • Diocesan Presbyterial Council (2004)
  • Shepherds of Christ Jesuit Publications, Editor in Chief (2006-2009)
  • Columnist, Florida Catholic (2001—2015)
  • Contributing writer in Catholic Journals and Magazines
  • Pastor, St. John of the Cross Church, Vero Beach (2008-present): Parish has grown from 1300 families to 3600 families within 8 years
  • Founding Parish of Women’s Care Center, Vero Beach; Spiritual Advisor (2013-present)
  • Divine Mercy Radio Guest, EWTN affiliate, 2014-present
  • Editor-in-chief, Founder, Catholic Post Journal (2015)
  • Diocesan Presbyterial Council (2016-)

Recent Book Publications

  • Atheism and Salvation (New York:  University Press of America, 2000)
  • Stations of the Cross, co-author (New York:  Montfort, 2000)
  • Why Catholic? (Petersham: St. Bede’s/ Fordham, 2001)
  • Early Christian Teachings (Magnificat Books, 2001)
  • Through the Night and into the Dawn (Magnificat Books, 2001)
  • Catholic (New York: Writers Press Club Publications, 2002)
  • Pro-Life: Defending the Culture of Life (Magnificat, 2003)
  • Light, Happiness, and Peace (New York: Alba House/ Society of St. Paul, 2004; reprint S of C Publications, 2007). 
  • Authenticity (China-Indiana: S of C Publications, 2006)
  • In Imitation of Two Hearts (China-Indiana: S of C Publications, 2006)
  • Medicine of Immortality, foreword from Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua (China-Indiana: S of C Publications, 2007):  Endorsements from Francis Cardinal George and the Most Reverend Fabian Bruskewitz.
  • Ecce Fides: Pillar of Truth, foreword from Paul Cardinal Poupard, former President of the Pontifical Council for Culture (China-Indiana: S of C Publications, 2007); Reprint as Catholic Answers to Protestant Questions (Vero Beach: VBP, 2011); revised and published as Ecce Fides; Pillar of Truth, Revised Edition, 2015 by Ecce Fides Publications, 2014).
  • Atheist Personality Disorder (Bloomington: Authorhouse, 2010).
  • Christian History: The First Five Hundred Years (New York:  America Star Publishers, 2011).
  • Atheist Persona: Causes and Consequences (New York: University Press of America, 2014).
  • Why Jesus? An Appeal to be Human (Charlotte: Instituti Ratione, Fides, et Cultura, 2015).
  • Popes: From Peter to Francis (Charlotte: Veritas Press, 2015).
  • Catholic Spirituality: A Grace Driven Life (Originally published by Alba House; reprinted by S of C Publications, China; reprinted by Ecce Fides Publications, Charlotte, 2015).
  • Christian Initiation of Adults (Charlotte: Ecce Fides Publications, 2015).
  • Carried by Christ: A Prayer Journal for the Critically Ill (Florida: Veritas Publications, 2015).
  • On God’s Existence: Traditional and New Arguments (Lanham: Hamilton Academic Press, 2016).


Fr. Massaro


      Father Massaro is the son of devout Italian Immigrants, from the regions of Naples and Benevento, who were blessed to meet, marry and establish their family in Waterbury, Connecticut. There, along with his five older siblings, young “Mickey” was raised with a strong devotion to his Catholic faith and, by fourth grade, dreamed of becoming a priest.

     Within two years, however, the family was rocked by the death of Mickey’s mother. Then, when his father passed away four years later, his older sister, Mary, and her husband, accepted the responsibility for raising Mickey, Helen and Pasquale. To this day, the siblings remain close, all choosing to reside in Vero Beach.

     As a boy, he had hoped to enter seminary after 8th grade, but family convinced him to wait until high school graduation. However, it was not until reaching the age of 21 that he entered the congregation of Holy Cross for his first year of brotherhood formation and study at Stonehill College.

     Soon after, he trained at the Bennington Vermont Novitiate House of Formation where he took his first vows in 1961, and final vows in 1963, to become a Holy Cross Brother. Then, “Brother Mike” returned to Stonehill College and, over the following years, worked in various capacities and completed his college degree before departing Stonehill in 1977.

     Still, Brother Mike’s dream of becoming a priest never left him. But brothers traditionally had been restricted from seeking the priesthood within the same religious community. Vatican II, however, solved that problem by lifting the ban. Eventually, his spiritual director encouraged him to pursue that goal within the Holy Cross Fathers’ Community.

     The University of Notre Dame became Brother Mike’s first stop for seminary priestly formation, followed by two years at The Sacred Heart School of Theology at Hales Corners, Wisconsin. His Diaconate Year was spent at Most Holy Trinity Church in Saco, Maine, where he was ordained on June 13, 1981.

     Over the past three decades, Fr. Massaro’s assignments have been rewarding and varied. At St. Joseph College in North Windham, Maine, he taught theology and served as chaplain. Next came his Connecticut assignments. In the diocese of Hartford, he served as Parochial Vicar at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury. In the diocese of Bridgeport, he was chaplain of Park City Hospital and Parochial Vicar at St. George’s Church. In the diocese of Norwich, he taught high school theology at the Academy of the Holy Family and served as their chaplain. Then he was assigned to the Archdiocese of New York where he was Parochial Vicar at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

     In 2000, Fr. Massaro moved to Vero Beach, where he served as Parochial Vicar, for one year at St. Helen’s Church and then twelve years at Holy Cross Church. In both parishes, he made life-long friendships which are very special to him and which he is pleased to continue.

     Today, Fr. Massaro is thankful and feels richly blessed to remain in Vero Beach, close to family, while ministering to the spiritual needs of parishioners at St. John of the Cross.