Rev. John J. Lombardi, Pastor of St. Peter, Hancock, and St. Patrick, Little Orleans, MD.
Born in 1960 to Rose and William Lombardi, I am the fourth of five children. I had a happy childhood growing up in Timonium, MD, attending public schools with many, varied activities, including religion and Mass. I enjoyed many sports, neighborhood fun and lots of family gatherings of the Italian and Polish heritage of my parents.
In my teens, the late 1970's, I drifted away from God, the Catholic Church and found various troubles and unspiritual things while a student at Dulaney Senior High School. Following high school, I attended Towson State University, majoring in journalism and philosophy. I found my vocation to the priesthood through studies in college and encouragement from laypersons, priests and many others. As a result, I felt called to pursue a Master of Theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D. C.
I was ordained a priest in 1988 in the Baltimore Cathedral and was assigned to St. Mary’s Church in my homeland of Baltimore City.
In 1993, I went to India on a summer sabbatical and worked closely with Mother Teresa, now St. Teresa of Calcutta. I have returned two times because of the excitement, exoticness and beauty of the people and the land!
Over the years, I have served in parishes in Perry Hall- Baltimore, Randallstown, St. Elizabeth Nursing Home, Baltimore, and at The National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes- Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD.
Currently, I serve in Hancock, western Maryland, where it is beautiful for hiking, kayaking and small-town daily walks, I have learned through God’s Will and the sacred priesthood to love both the country and the city life and to be happy in the place where God sends or allows you! Ordained now 27 years, I enjoy prayer and meditation, serving the people of God and the variety of priestly activities. I also enjoy doing Religious Freedom Walks which are 100 miles, during summers, and have been from Hancock to Washington D.C., Hancock to Baltimore, and from Annapolis to Ocean City, MD. This summer (2017), we are taking 20 pilgrims to Italy and will be walking from Rome to Assisi.
The great Lord has blessed me with marvelous health and I am very thankful for these many opportunities to serve!