He was professed in 1996 and ordained to the priesthood in 2004. He has served the community in the garden, as coordinator of the liturgy, and through spirituality ministry in the monastery guesthouse. Fr John has extensive experience as a retreat master both locally and nationally. He has held the offices of Prior, Novice-Master and Parish Priest, and was elected the seventh Abbot of New Norcia in 2009. He has a bachelor degree in theology (Sydney) and a graduate certificate in counselling (Melbourne). After a major corporate restructure, he is now Managing Director of ‘Monochorum Ltd’, the company responsible for all monastic and business activities at New Norcia.