Author Archives: Fr John Pietropaoli LC

About Fr John Pietropaoli LC

Fr. John Pietropaoli was born in Malone, New York. He entered the Novitiate of the Legionaries of Christ in Cheshire, Connecticut, in September of 2000. Following his religious profession in August of 2002, he studied Classical Humanities in Cheshire and Philosophy in Rome, Italy. He subsequently spent several years in Thornwood, New York, in a ministry internship and began his theology studies there in 2009. In 2011, he returned to Rome to finish his studies and was ordained a priest on December 15, 2012. In 2014 he completed a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Theology at Rome’s Regina Apostolorum University and is currently serving as the chaplain at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Arlington, Virginia.


Silence isn’t always golden. We expect silence from certain people and in certain situations. Mimes, for example, are generally silent. But God isn’t supposed to be silent; his apparent silence is the source of suffering. When we cry out to … Continue reading

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I recently saw this statue of St Francis of Assisi (outside the Santa Barbara Mission Church in California). It made me think think about how on the Cross, Jesus offers himself to each one of us. He invites each one … Continue reading

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Listen to Mercy

This post originally appeared in the IPS Virtual Chapel Several weeks ago I did a 7 day silent retreat, and the silence was sweet indeed. But maybe silence isn’t even the right word since, to be honest, it wasn’t actually … Continue reading

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Lessons from St Paul

Anyone approaching Rome’s magnificent basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls through the front courtyard comes face to face with an extraordinary statue of the basilica’s namesake. Cloaked, hooded, and wielding a massive sword, this particular representation of St Paul … Continue reading

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