Staff Member: Fr. John Sheaffer
Fr. John 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 became pastor at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in West Springfield on August 31, 2019 and was named Administrator Pro-Tem here at St. Francis of Assisi until a new pastor is named and arrives, hopefully in October.