Bio - Rev. Trigilio

Fr. Trigilio Newer pic 131x175 - CopyRev. John Trigilio, Jr. is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania, surviving his parents, John Trigilio, Sr. (of Sicilian heritage), and Elizabeth (of Polish heritage). He is the eldest of five children, three of whom predeceased their parents.

After attending eight years of parochial grade school at Blessed Sacrament, Fr. Trigilio entered Saint Mark High School & College Seminary in 1976. He graduated from Gannon University in 1983 with a B.A. in Liberal Arts (Theology and Philosophy). He continued his seminary training at Holy Apostles Seminary, Cromwell, CT and at Mary Immaculate Seminary, Northampton, PA, where he earned a Master of Divinity (MDiv). After studying for the Diocese of Erie and then for the Diocese of Arlington, Father Trigilio joined the Diocese of Harrisburg where he was ordained in 1988 by William Cardinal Keeler. Fr. Trigilio is also a cooperator in the Personal Prelature of Opus Dei.

His first two assignments were as Parochial Vicar (St. Joseph, Mechanicsburg; St. John the Baptist, New Freedom), then one year in the Diocesan Tribunal and as Catholic Chaplain to two hospitals with residence at the Cathedral of St. Patrick. He was reassigned as Parochial Vicar in three parishes respectively (St. Joan of Arc, Hershey; Seven Sorrows of the BVM, Middletown; Holy Name of Jesus, Harrisburg), and was made pastor of two parishes in June, 2002 (Our Lady of Good Counsel, Marysville & St. Bernadette, Duncannon) where he is presently serving.

Father Trigilio earned a Doctorate (PhD) in Mediaeval Philosophy and a Doctor of Theology (ThD) in Biblical Studies; is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and has been President of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy (national association of 600 priests and deacons) since 2002. He has hosted a weekly TV series on EWTN with Father Robert Levis, entitled WEB OF FAITH for more than eight years and has been an online internet spiritual advisor for EWTN for fifteen years. Fr. Trigilio co-authored with Fr. Ken Brighenti several books, including CATHOLICISM FOR DUMMIES, WOMEN IN THE BIBLE FOR DUMMIES, JOHN PAUL II FOR DUMMIES, SAINTS FOR DUMMIES, EVERYTHING BIBLE BOOK, CATHOLICISM ANSWER BOOK, CATHOLIC MASS FOR DUMMIES. He has also hosted television & radio series 'Council of Faith', 'Crash Course in Catholicism' and 'Crash Course on John Paul II' for EWTN which are broadcast on cable, satellite, internet and short-wave. Father John is also a Guest Host on Catholic Answers Radio twice a month.

Fr. Trigilio is a member of the Board of Counselors for the Center for Economic and Social Justice and he is a regular contributor of articles to 'Homiletic & Pastoral Review' as well as 'The Priest Magazine.' Listed in 'Marquis' Who's Who in Religion' and 'Who's Who in America'. Father John Trigilio is a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus and Chaplain to the Sons of Italy. He preaches retreats at Casa Maria in Irondale, AL and gives lectures and preaches parish missions around the country.

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