John McGuire, O.P., the Pastor, is a member of the Dominican Order and a native New Yorker. After attending Providence College, he spent five years as a Trappist monk but then felt he was called to a ministry more directly involved with people. Following ordination and the completion of a Master of Divinity and a Master of Philosophy, he did his doctoral work in Ecumenical Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome (The Angelicum).
Father John's ministries have included being Director of the International Ecumenical Center at Coventry Cathedral in England. In this capacity, he was the first Roman Catholic priest employed by the Anglican Church. While a research fellow at Yale's Divinity School, he was pastor of St. Mary's Church at Yale and remains a fellow of the University's Jonathan Edwards College. He was then elected Vice-Rector of the Angelicum, a position he held for ten years.
Father John accepted the position of Director of NYU's campus ministry in 1995 as an opportunity to engage again in direct ministry to students. NYU's 18,000 Catholic students present him with this possibility. Fr. McGuire has also led numerous retreats for students, laity, and clergy (Catholic, Anglican and Protestant) in the United States, Italy, England and Ireland. He is also the author of numerous articles on ecumenical and spirituality topics.