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Rev. John C. McVoy

Rev. John C. McVoy

Assisting Priest

Biography: Fr. John C. McVoy III was ordained to the Priesthood on May 8, 2010 in the “Year of the Priest” by Bishop Francis Malooly D.D

Fr. McVoy is an Environmental /Analytical Chemist and was a Senior Project Manager for more than 25 years. After moving to Wilmington from Tallahassee, FL as part of a corporate move, he worked for URS Corp., contracted by DuPont Engineering in 1998. He began Permanent Diaconate Formation in the Diocese of Wilmington in 2001 and was ordained to the diaconate in September 2004. He and his family quickly became a part of the Sacred Heart Oratory community, in Wilmington, which he still considers his spiritual home.

Fr. McVoy started his priestly formation in a most unusual way. Fr. McVoy is a widower and was married to Bethlhem Kebede, his college sweetheart, for 24 years who died in January 2004. They have three children, Aklecia, 29, Salem 27, and Yohannes (Johnny) 26. Fr. McVoy, also known as Fr. Mac, credits the workings of the Holy Spirit in his entire life that prompted his discernment and his “yes” to the diaconate and then on to priesthood. Fr. Mac also knows that if not for his wife, Bethlhem, he would not be a priest today. In his meeting with Bishop Saltarelli, he said to Fr. McVoy prior to entering the seminary, “the Lord makes a crooked road straight”, then he said, “Who am I to say no to you or to your vocation”.

Fr. McVoy was born in Paducah, Kentucky. A fifth generation Roman Catholic, he began his sacramental journey at Rosary Chapel. He has a degree in Chemistry from Howard University in Washington DC, with graduate studies in Environmental Toxicology from Florida A&M University, Classical Music from Florida State University in Voice. He entered the seminary in 2006 at Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, in Weston, MA, and earned a M.Div. in the spring of 2010. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Business in Church Management from Villanova University.