Welcome Monsignor John Cihak
Monsignor John Cihak, the second of eight children, was born in San Diego and grew up on the outskirts of Corvallis, near Philomath. His father, now a permanent deacon at St. Mary Parish in Corvallis, worked for the University of San Diego, Oregon State University and for many years was the Vice President for Student Affairs at Western Oregon University. His mother was a Special Education Teacher in the Corvallis public schools. After attending Corvallis High School and the University of Notre Dame, he was accepted as a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Portland.
Ordained a priest in 1998, he was Parochial Vicar at St. Anne Parish, Grants Pass (1999-2001), then served at Mount Angel Seminary as Director of Human Formation and Professor of Theology (2001-2004), as well as in the parishes of St. Joseph, Salem, and St. John the Baptist, Milwaukie. After his doctoral studies, he served as Pastor of Sacred Heart-St. Louis Parish, Gervais, Adjunct Professor of Theology at Mount Angel Seminary, State Chaplain for the Knights of Columbus and Archdiocesan Director of Pro-Life Activities (2007-2009).
In 2009 he was called to serve as an Official in the Congregation for Bishops at the Vatican and a year later was named a Papal Master of Ceremonies. During this time he also served as Confessor and Chaplain to the Missionaries of Charity Sisters. As a Papal Master of Ceremonies, he traveled with Pope Benedict on his visit to Loreto, Italy, and with Pope Francis on his trips to Korea, Sri Lanka, the United States, Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Monsignor Cihak has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, a Licentiate in Fundamental Theology and Doctorate in Dogmatic Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University. He is the author of Balthasar and Anxiety, the co-author of The Catholic Guide to Depression, the editor of Charles Borromeo: Selected Orations, Homilies and Other Writings, as well as several articles in theology and priestly formation.
He is a musician and enjoys hiking, fishing and all sorts of sports.
In the Year for Priests 2009, he published his vocation story on Ignatius Insight:
“Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love”: Why this Gen-Xer is a Priest
“Oregon Priest at Pope’s Side” – the Catholic Sentinel 2015