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New Vocation Director for the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius

October 17th, 2023

The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius are pleased to announce the appointment of Fr. Nathan Ford, SJC., as the Vocation Director.

In his new role, Fr. Ford will be responsible for promoting and fostering vocations to our community, as well as accompanying and guiding those who are discerning their call to religious life.

We congratulate Fr. Ford on this appointment and pray for all those who support a culture of vocations within the community.


Fr. Nathan Ford, SJC was born in Coldwater, MI to Kellyand Jodi Ford, and is the eldest of four children. He spent his summers going camping throughout Northern Michigan, fishing, singing in choirs, and spending time with family and friends. Fr. Ford joined the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius in the summer of 2011 after completing high school and ordained a priest for the order on May 15th, 2021.

“Ever since I was about 6 or 7, I knew that I wanted to be a priest,” said Fr. Ford. This calling stayed with him throughout his upbringing and in high school he stumbled upon a new religious community in the heart of Chicago. “I was immediately drawn to this new little order for a few reasons: the importance they placed on living out the liturgical life and traditions of the Church, the close brotherhood that I encountered there, and most importantly the joy that these men all had.”

A note from Fr. Nathan Ford, SJC:

My path to the priesthood has been influenced by so many priests, religious, family, friends, parishioners, and countless others who have impacted my life over the years. The only way I can thank them properly is to live out my priesthood with integrity, intensity, and joy. A wise and dear priest-friend of mine would constantly remind me, “Always keep your sense of humor.” We have to have humor, we have to be joyful, we have to rest in His calling.

Over the years there have been so many moments of encouragement, periods of growth, great trials and immense sufferings, big events and small quiet ones. All of them have shaped me into the man I am today. I am a grateful man, a man ready to serve, and a man extremely humbled at the awesome responsibility placed before me.

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