Fr. John T. Judie Biographical Profile

Fr. John Judie is an ordained priest in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky.  He graduated from Saint Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland with a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree and a Master of Divinity degree.  Fr. Judie was ordained to the priesthood on August 1, 1987.  He is currently serving as Pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and Christ the King Catholic Church in the City of Louisville, Kentucky.

Fr. Judie has been studying Scripture and preaching since 1979.  These years of development in ministry have afforded him a wide variety of experiences, having preached at various types of worship services in churches of different denominations.  The strong demand for his ministerial gifts has taken him across the United States, as well as to Mexico and across the seas to Europe and East Africa.  He has been guest homilist and keynote speaker for a wide variety of celebrations---conducting revivals and parish missions, leading weekend retreats (youth, adult and Charismatic leaders) and teaching courses (Scripture, Church History and Spirituality) for Ministry Formation and diocesan catechists. 

In addition to these gifts of preaching and teaching, Fr. Judie is an accomplished musician.  He has served as minister of music in various churches, has developed and directed choirs and has worked with individual vocalists for over thirty years.  This ministry has included parish and diocesan-wide workshops on gospel music in liturgy across the United States and, most recently, in Germany and East Africa.  He was involved in early consultations on the development of "Lead Me, Guide Me", the first African American Catholic Hymnal ever produced, and he also served on the committee which developed a pastoral letter on the liturgy for the Archdiocese of Louisville. 

Fr. Judie has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Office of Ecumenical Affairs (Archdiocese of Louisville) and the Office of African American Catholic Ministries (Archdiocese of Louisville).  He functioned in three different roles for the development and facilitation of the 1987 National Black Catholic Congress (held in Washington, D.C.).  He has formerly chaired the Pastoral Education Professional Advisory Committee for University of Louisville Hospital and currently serves as an active member.  He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Archdiocese of Louisville Vocation Association. 

Following a six-month sabbatical in East Africa (in 1994), Fr. Judie established "Fr. John Judie Ministries, Inc.", a non-profit making organization which provides assistance of various types for our brothers and sisters in East Africa, including a seminarian sponsorship program.  He has also done numerous slide and video presentations on his experiences in the East African cultures for different groups around the nation.

Fr. John Judie has the following publications to his credit:

"What On Earth Is The Catholic Church Supposed To Be Doing?: A Black Perspective" 

Article for Office of Worship Newsletter, 1984

Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky


"Heroes For All Seasons"

Article for The Catholic Review Newspaper, 1985

Archdiocese of Baltimore, Maryland


"Discipleship Begins With Forgiveness"

Article for The Record Newspaper, 1988

Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky


"Witness For The Lord" (Evangelization in the Catholic Church)

Article for Office of Worship Newsletter, 1988

Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky


"Going Home To The Motherland"

Article for the Acacia Newsletter, 1995

Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky


“How the Peoples and the Church in East Africa Can Enrich the Church in America”

Sabbatical Reflection Paper: December 2001 to June 2002 (September 17, 2002)

The Louisville Institute

Louisville, Kentucky

Since September 1998, Fr. John Judie's teachings and his preaching have been featured regularly on Radio Icengelo, the Catholic Evangelization Radio Station in Ndola Diocese, Zambia.  For this same period of time, his preaching has been aired regularly on the national television station in Zambia.  For a number of years, Fr. Judie has traveled regularly to East Africa to minister to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal there.  There has also been established the “Mother of Good Counsel Rehabilitation Center” in Rwanda, named after his former parish community.  This center provides health care and education for orphans and disabled children in the Country of Rwanda.  At present, this ministry remains active in the countries of Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Rwanda.

The book, “Priests Are People, Too!”, (Thomas More Publications) features a lengthy profile on Fr. John Judie, as well as his appearance on the front cover.  It was written by Thomas Kane and became available in bookstores February of 2002.  During his most recent six-month sabbatical in East Africa, filming was done of Fr. Judie and his various ministry activities there.  This will eventually be developed into a 25-minute documentary for public viewing.