Father John was ordained in 1978 and has served in a number of parishes in the Diocese. 

He has been a member of the National and Diocesan Liturgy Commissions. 

He first came to Wanganui in 1959 to attend secondary school, and returned in 1992 as Parish Priest of the newly built Holy Family Parish.

He returned again to serve in St. Mary's and St. Anne's Parishes.

He is currently the Priest in solidum of The Catholic Parish of Whanganui, with particular responsibility for rest homes and hosptial care.