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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).

Michael 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.


       Fr. Michael J. Martin, C.S.P. is originally from Chicago, the eldest of four boys given to Jack and Marge Martin.  As Fr. Martin as often said:  “I’m 6’9” tall and I don’t play basketball,” is usually how I introduce myself”. 
      His family faithfully attended St. Mary of the Woods Parish, and he attended parochial schools until college.  When he was two, he (and his mother) had polio, which has affected his balance and walking.  He attended Knox College, always interested in spirituality, minoring in Religion.   Upon graduation from college, to quote Robert Frost, “two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I chose the one less travelled, and that has made all the difference.”  He chose to attend the seminary, and learned about the Paulist Fathers, the first religious community of men founded in the United States.  They sought “the Conversion of America” and worked on college campuses and with “searchers.”  He earned a Master’s degree from The Catholic University of America and was ordained a Priest in 1977 at St. Paul the Apostle Church in New York City.  He served the first five years, of his priesthood, at West Virginia University, then went on to the University of Colorado (Boulder) for another five.  While there he received a second Masters in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University.  Having done some work as a seminarian and deacon in Alaska, he accepted the call to be Pastor of St. Nicholas Church in North Pole, Alaska, where he served from 1987 to 1994.  “I volunteered! 

       He then accepted a Paulist invitation to work in Pope John Paul II’s New Evangelization, preparing dioceses and parishes for the 2000th anniversary of the faith.  He continued this ministry based in Grand Rapids, MI until moving to Vero Beach, Florida in 2007.  He met the new pastor of St. John of the Cross, Fr. John Pasquini, his first Sunday in town and has been serving the parish ever since.  He also works part time at St. Sebastian Church in nearby Sebastian FL.  On May 14th, 2017, Fr. Martin celebrated his 40th Anniversary to the Priesthood.



Administrator of Deacons 

      Born and raised in a small “Mill Town” in Northeastern Connecticut, Deacon Dennis graduated from Killingly High School, in June of 1976.  Approx. a year later, he met Susan, who would later become his wife.  It is much to Susan's credit, that Deacon Dennis returned to school, in an effort, to continue his education.  In the Fall of 1978, he enrolled in the Travel and Tourism Management Program at Becker Junior College, in Leicester, Mass. and in May of 1980 he graduated Summa Magna Cum Laude with a Degree in that field. 
        It was while he was attending college, that Deacon Dennis and Susan were married on August 4th, 1979, by Rev. Fr. Gerald J. Boulanger, MS, at Our Lady of La Salette Catholic Church, in Brooklyn, Connecticut.  Throughout his formative years, Deacon Dennis attended St. James Catholic Church, located in Danielson, Ct., which was also an Our Lady of La Salette Parish.  Within a few years of getting married, Deacon Dennis began his career in Hotel Management, initially managing a property in Mystic, Ct., along with Susan, then he went on to manage other properties on Cape Cod, where eventually he and Susan owned and operated their own Motel for several years.  While living on Cape Cod, he and Susan attended Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church and Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, both of which, were Our Lady of La Salette Parishes. 
       In the Spring of 2003, following his retirement, Deacon Dennis and Susan moved to Vero Beach and found their way to the Carmelite Parish of St. John of the Cross – a Parish, in its own right, that had a very special relationship with Blessed Mother.  Not only was the Parish Founded and Established on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, but the new Church, once built, was Consecrated on the Solemnity of the Annunciation.  (Upon the Parish being Founded, the Founding Pastor, the Late Fr. John A. Crowley, Consecrated the New Parish to the Protective Care of Our Blessed Mother, making the promise that a Rosary would always be said prior to each Mass, a tradition that continues to this day, nearly 30 years later).
       16 years would pass, from the time Deacon Dennis received that initial nudge towards the Diaconate, standing in Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, on Cape Cod, in 1992.  Following the installation of Fr. John J. Pasquini, as the Pastor of St. John of the Cross, on August 4th, 2008, initial talks began, about Deacon Dennis entering the Permanent Diaconate Formation Program.  In the Fall of 2009, Deacon Dennis officially began his academic journey, by enrolling at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary, in Boynton Beach, and he completed his Philosophical and Theological Studies in May of 2013.  He was Ordained 4 months later as a Permanent Deacon, by the Most Reverend Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito, Bishop of the Diocese of Palm Beach, on September 7th, 2013,  coincidentally the 92nd Anniversary, of the Founding of the Legion of Mary. His Ordination took place at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius of Loyola in Palm Beach. Deacon Dennis is the first Deacon, to be Ordained to the Permanent Diaconate, from the Parish of St. John of the Cross.  Ironically, Deacon Dennis'  "Mass of Thanksgiving", was celebrated on Sunday, September 8th, 2013.  In the Catholic Church, when September 8th falls on any day, other than Sunday, it is observed as the "Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary".  Another very special tie to our Beloved Blessed Mother, is that - the Parish is named after the Founder of the Discalced Carmelites, St. John of the Cross. The Patroness of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites, is none other than, Our Lady of Carmel.  Shortly after his Ordination, Deacon Dennis was appointed as the Director of Religious Education for the Parish and in 2015 he was appointed as the "Administrator of Deacons".
       Among his many duties, having studied Canon Law, while in Formation, he facilitates all of the Annulments for the Parish.  He serves as Chaplain for the Women’s Guild, Disciples of the Word, and Joy of the Family. He will also serve as Chaplain for G.I.F.T.S. - God Is First To See - the Parish Bereavement Group, which will soon be available.  He is Coordinator for the Altar Servers, Eucharistic Ministers of Communion, Lectors, the Ushers, and he oversees the Sacristans, who with each of these various Ministries, serve a vital role within each Liturgy.  Deacon Dennis is the Founder and Creator of several Ministries within the Parish; Adopt a Soul Ministries, A.L.E.R.T. Ministries - Special Notice, Cards of Faith, Gifts of Grace Thrift Shop, and N.O.E.L. Ministries (Notice Of Eternal Life).  Since his Ordination, Deacon Dennis has hosted talks on Our Blessed Mother, St. Anthony of Padua, The Angels and has been an invited Guest Speaker for the Ministry of Respect Life.  Deacon Dennis serves on the Parish Council and is a 3rd Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 13153 - Our Lady of the Rosary. Susan is also very involved in the Parish - she serves as the Parish Secretary in the Parish Office, Susan also manages and oversees "Gifts of Grace Religious Articles" and serves on the Parish Council, as well. Deacon Dennis and his wife Susan have been married for 38 years, they have one Son - Christopher and two Grandsons - Liam and Lucas, who live in their home on Cape Cod.


Deacon Charlie was born in Union City, New Jersey and was raised and educated in Pompton Plains, New Jersey.  On May 5th, 1962, he married his wife Phyllis (Princiotta).  In the early years, Deacon Charlie worked on Wall Street, in New York City - in Operation Management and System Sales, which eventually led to a Position, as a Sales and Operations Consultant, dealing with Major Corporations, based throughout the United States. Subsequently, he later had a career in Real Estate, based in New Jersey.  Deacon Charlie completed his Theological Studies in 1978 and was Ordained to the Permanent Diaconate on June 11th, 1978, at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, in Clifton, New Jersey, which is part of the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey, by the Most Reverend Bishop Frank J. Rodimer, the then Bishop of Paterson.  Following his Ordination, Deacon Charlie would serve the next 30 years, as a Deacon for the Parish of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Pompton Plains, New Jersey.  His Ministries included; C.C.D., Visiting the Sick in Hospitals, Nursing Homes and the Homebound.  Both Deacon Charlie and his wife – Phyllis were very involved in Marriage Encounter as well as the Charismatic Prayer Ministry in Wayne, New Jersey.  Also, while in New Jersey, he and Phyllis completed a Cursillo.   Upon moving to Vero Beach in October of 2008, Deacon Charlie joined the staff of St. John of the Cross, where he continues with his Ministry of Visiting the Sick, in the local Hospitals and area Nursing Homes as well as the Homebound. Deacon Charlie is a 3rd Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 13153, Our Lady of the Rosary, as well as being a 4th Degree Member, of Assembly #3297 of the Knights of Columbus.  In addition to serving our Parish, Deacon Charlie continues working as a Real Estate Agent, here in Vero Beach.  Deacon Charlie and Phyllis have been blessed with 5 Sons and 14 Grandchildren, plus one on the way.......to be continued.......


Deacon Joe was Ordained to the Permanent Diaconate on November 20, 1993 at St Patrick’s Cathedral for the Archdiocese of New York by Cardinal John Joseph O’Connor. Following his Ordination, he was assigned to his home parish of Sacred Heart Church in Suffern, New York. In 1997, Deacon Joe and his wife Audrey moved to Hewitt, in the township of West Milford, New Jersey,  where he served as Deacon, for the next 15 years, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Hewitt, New Jersey, which is part of the Diocese of Paterson. Deacon Joe continued his Diaconal Ministry at St. Christopher’s Parish in Hobe Sound, Florida during the winter months. 
       Currently Deacon Joe is assigned to the Parish of St. John of the Cross, where he continues his Diaconal Ministry during the winter months, each year that he and his wife spend, here in Vero Beach.  Married in January of 1963, Deacon Joe and his wife Audrey have five children; 4 sons and a daughter and fifteen grandchildren.  Deacon Joe is a 3rd Degree member of Council #13153 and 4th Degree member of Assembly #3297 of the Knights of Columbus, St. John of the Cross, Vero Beach, Florida.  



       Deacon Rob Borchert was born in Brooklyn, NY on August 14, 1945 (the day the Japanese surrendered ending World War II).  He was raised in Ozone Park, Queens NY and attended Nativity B.V.M. Grammar School (1958) and Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School (1962).  Following High School, Deacon Rob joined the Montfort Missionaries and completed his Novitiate Training - College Education at St. Louis University in June 1967.  He joined the U.S. Army Infantry Reconnaissance and served in Viet Nam.  He received an early out for acceptance into Fordham University.  He received his Masters in Business Administration in 1971.  Deacon Rob met his wife Lorrie in New York City and they were married on July 11, 1970.  They moved to St. Louis in 1973. Deacon Rob obtained his Masters in Theology from St. Louis University in June 1981.  Deacon Rob was Ordained to the Permanent Diaconate at the St. Louis Cathedral, by the Most Reverend Archbishop John L. May on January 23, 1982 and initially served at St. Jude Parish. 
       Deacon Rob and Lorrie lived in St. Louis for 13 years and have 6 children - Christian, Donald, Timothy, Brian, Stephen and Sarah.  Deacon Rob has been privileged to witness the weddings of all of his children as well as baptize his 10 grandchildren - 5 girls and 5 boys.  In 1986, Deacon Rob was transferred to Syracuse, N.Y., where he and Lorrie lived in Skaneateles, N.Y. for 19 years.  There, he served at St. Marys of the Lake Parish.  In 1994, Deacon Rob opened his own Company in Healthcare Consulting and became successfully established in business.  In 2004, Deacon Rob and Lorrie moved to Fredericksburg, VA., as part of his Company's expansion and worked with both Commercial and Governmental Healthcare.  While in Fredericksburg, he served at the Parish of St. Jude.   In 2015, Deacon Rob officially moved to Vero Beach, FL where he serves at the Parish of St. John of the Cross.  In his many years as a Deacon, Deacon Rob has conducted Pre-Cana Classes and Retreats for 20+ years.  He has taught in CCD Programs; RCIA Programs; and Adult Education Programs.  Deacon Rob has conducted Days of Recollection, and Parish Missions and still remains very active in his Ministry.  Deacon Rob serves on the Parish Council and is also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council #13153, Our Lady of the Rosary.



       Introducing our Newest Deacon - Deacon Gary, who hails to us, from the mid-western state of Michigan.   Following an extensive 37 year career with General Motors, in July of 1998, Deacon Gary retired from General Motors and accepted the position of Pastoral Minister for the Parish of St. Pius X Catholic Church, located in Flint, MI.  As Pastoral Minister, for the Parish, he was later appointed as the Director of the R.C.I.A. Program and was involved in hosting several Bible Study’s and Bible Discussion Groups, among a host of other duties, during a span of 12 years, in which, he served the Parish in that capacity.  Just prior to accepting this position, Deacon Gary had entered the Permanent Diaconate Formation Program at Seina Heights Catholic University and in 2000, he completed his Theological Studies.  
       Deacon Gary was Ordained as a Permanent Deacon, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, in East Lansing, MI., on May 20th, 2000, by the Most Rev. Bishop Carl Frederick Mengeling, (Retired), the then Bishop, of the Diocese of Lansing.  In 2011, Deacon Gary retired from the position of Pastoral Minister, with the Parish of St. Pius X, following 13 years of service and he and his wife moved to Arizona, where they would winter for the next 7 years, during the months of November thru April.  While in Arizona, initially, Deacon Gary served at the Parish of St. Philip Benzi, in Black Canyon City and then at the Parish of St. Elizabeth Seton, in Sun City, both Parishes, which were part of the Diocese of Pheonix.  Early in 2017, Deacon Gary and his wife Lauranne, made the decision to sell their home in Arizona and spend the winter months, here in Florida, from November thru April.  So in the Fall of 2017, Deacon Gary and his wife purchased a home, here in Vero, and found their way to St. John of the Cross.  When in Michigan, during the months of May thru Oct., Deacon Gary serves the Parish of Holy Redeemer, located in Burton, MI..
       Deacon Gary and his wife Lauranne Oneil-Gallagher were married on July 29th, 1983.  Together, they have 4 children.  In coming here to our Parish, Deacon Gary hopes to assist others experience God’s Love and the tangible sense of peace and joy, that comes, from having Christ within.  We welcome both Deacon Gary and his wife - Lauranne, to our Parish.  We wish Deacon Gary a very successful and Blessed Ministry, while he is with our Parish.