Reverend Joseph Vincent Squillacioti was born in Orange County, California, in 1976. He graduated from Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana College, California State University, Fullerton (BA – Religious Studies), Loyola Marymount University (Certificate of Catechetical Leadership), Saint John Seminary (Pre-Theology), and the Pontifical North American College in Vatican City, where he attended and graduated from the Pontifical Gregorian University (S.T.B. – Sacred Theology) and the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (S.T.L. – Liturgical Theology), Magna Cum Laude. In 2018, Fr. Joseph was ordained a Deacon at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and later ordained a Priest in 2019, as part of the first ordination class at Christ Cathedral. Following his ordination, he returned to Rome to complete further studies with the priests of Opus Dei at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. Most recently, he was assigned to St. Edward the Confessor Parish in Dana Point.