Prior to entering the seminary, John Maksym was a judge for the Navy and Marine Corps. He served as a Naval Officer for 31 years, the last 13 as a trial and appellate judge. He retired in 2014 after completing his final tour as the Circuit Judge for the Western Pacific.
“My road to priesthood has been a lifetime in the making. Several great priests have had a hand in guiding me this far - at every step of my life from my pastor in grammar school (Fr. Lasalle Lenk) to Father Benedict Groeshel with whom I shared retreats on three occasions in New York. I also had wonderful guides in a Navy Chaplain friend (Fr. Kieran Mandato) and my home parish Pastor (Fr. Tim Pelc). Finally, I owe a great debt to my parents for their support.”