Staff Member: Fr. John K. Sheaffer
Fr. John K. Sheaffer
Fr. John K. Sheaffer was born in Springfield in November of 1963 to the late E.J. "Butch" Sheaffer, Jr. and Marie Sheaffer. He grew up as a member of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish in the Pine Point section of Springfield. He attended Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School, graduating in 1977 and graduated from the former Cathedral High School in 1981. He took a "gap year" of sorts, working as a short order cook, and then entered St. John's Seminary College in Boston, graduating in 1986 with a BA in Philosophy, with an area of concentration in Psychology. Fr. Jack worked for a Boston bank until he entered Mundelein Seminary at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1989. He was ordained to the Transitional Diaconate by the late Archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, on December 12, 1992 and was ordained to the priesthood by late Springfield Bishop John Marshall at St. Michael's Cathedral on June 5, 1993.
Fr. Jack has served in a number of parishes throughout the Diocese, as well as Chaplain to the former Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic High Schools (2002-2003), and in Middleburg, VA. He was the Chaplain for the Springfield Police Department for many years, retiring in 2015. Fr. Jack is the Dean of the Hampden East Deanery and serves on the Bishop's Commission for the Clergy. He is a 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and serves as Chaplain to the Belchertown Knights of Columbus Council 10698. He is also a Knight in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
In addition to his mother, Fr. Jack has a brother, Scott (Brianne), and two sisters, Kelly (Geoff), and Tracey (Gary), six nephews, Sean, Owen, Mark, Isaac, David, and Paul, two nieces, Erin (Joe) and Holly, and his two grandnephews, Ryan and Coltan, the beginning of the newest generation in his family.
Fr. Jack is an avid Boston Red Sox fan, as well as a lifelong fan of most forms of motor racing, especially NASCAR Modifieds and MotoGP. In his free time, Fr. Jack enjoys tinkering with and driving his 1967 VW Beetle, cooking, photography, writing poetry, making stained glass windows, and beekeeping.