About Our Parish Priest, Fr. JP Ezeonyido
Fr. JohnPaul hails from Akukwa village, Ngo, Igbo-Ukwu in Anambra State, Nigeria, where he spent most of his childhood and adolescence years before migrating to the USA in 1999 as a young adult. Fr. JohnPaul attended St. Dominic Savior Seminary, Akpu, Nigeria, St. John Bosco Seminary, Isuaniocha, Nigeria, Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu, Nigeria, Mt. St. Mary's University, Emmitsburg, Maryland, USA, the University of Georgia, Athens, USA and Walden University, MN, USA. He was ordained a Catholic priest on June 7, 2003 at the Cathedral of Christ the King, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He holds undergraduate degree in Philosophy; graduate degrees in Theology, Scripture and Social Work; and a doctoral degree in Human Services with specialization in Public Health.
For the past 9 years, Fr. JohnPaul has served as a vicar at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Atlanta, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Peachtree City, and St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, Lilburn. He has also served as hospital chaplain at St. Joseph's Hospital, Atlanta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. Fr. JohnPaul comes from a large family of 8 and has 29 nieces and nephews.
Fr. JohnPaul currently serves as the pastor of Christ Our Hope Catholic Church in Lithonia since July 2012 and the chaplain of the Nigerian Igbo Catholic Community of Atlanta for the past 12 years. He enjoys traveling, playing lawn tennis, working out and preaching.
Ask the Pastor
If you have a question you would like to ask Father JohnPaul, you may just call him anytime. You are also provided with the opportunity to send a question to him online. Father JohnPaul will tell you that his door is always open and his ears make a very willing listener. Please don't hesitate to speak to Father JohnPaul personally and often.