REV. JOHN T. CATOIR, J.C.D.
Father Catoir is the founder and current president of the St. Jude Media Ministry, a national apostolate which uses Radio and TV to reach out to the millions of unchurched people in America.
Born and raised in New York City, he graduated from Fordham University School of Business in 1953. After two years in the U.S. Army, he entered Immaculate Conception Seminary in Darlington, New Jersey at age 25. He was ordained a priest in 1960.
Father Catoir earned his Doctorate of Canon Law from Catholic University in Washington, DC in 1964. He holds honorary doctorates from four universities. He ran the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal for ten years, and in 1973, he was elected to the office of Clergy Personnel Director by the priests of the diocese.
He was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of The Christophers, a multimedia, nonprofit corporation based in Manhattan from 1978 to 1995. In that capacity, he hosted the nationally syndicated weekly television series “Christopher Closeup”, for over 17 years. The show was seen on 60 commercial stations and 400 cable systems worldwide.
From 1995 to 1997, he was Director of Communications for the Diocese of Paterson.
From 1997 to 2000, he was the Executive Director of Eva’s Village, New Jersey’s largest comprehensive poverty program, and one of the largest emergency shelters in the nation.
Father Catoir was also president of three national organizations: The Catholic Press Association (1988-1990), The Association of Catholic TV and Radio Syndicators (1983-1985), and the National Association of Church Personnel Administrators (1975-1977).
He has written fifteen books including the best sellers, Enjoy The Lord, World Religions, and most recently, God Delights In You: An Introduction to Gospel Spirituality. He is also a syndicated columnist for Catholic News Service reaching a worldwide readership.
In 1993, Father Catoir received the St. Francis de Sales Award for outstanding contributions to Catholic journalism, the highest award conferred by the Catholic Press Association. The Daniel J. Kane Award for Religious Communication was awarded to him by the University of Dayton in 1993, and the Catholic Actors Guild gave him their St. Genesius Award for his outstanding spiritual service to the entertainment industry in 1990.