Father John Francis Trubina serves as an Assisting Priest at Saint Miriam, and as a Friar, is also assigned to the Friary at Saint Miriam.
Father John was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware in the Roman Catholic Church and attended both Catholic Elementary and High School where he was taught by the Sisters of St. Francis Assisi and Oblates of St Francis de Sales a religious order of men.
Father moved to Lawrenceville, New Jersey for 15 years before moving to San Francisco, California where he was employed by Wells Fargo Bank, Providian Financial, Sun Microsystems, Kaiser Permanente, and Logitech, Inc. as their Security Manager and Auditor. Father John attended IT Security and Audit trainings and is certified as an IT Security Manager and IT Governance (CISM & CGEIT).
Father John then relocated to San Leandro, California where he volunteered for Kaiser Permanente Hospice, the American Cancer Society and the SF AIDS Walk, and was one of two people who implemented a food pantry for his home parish to provide food bags for the hungry. Father was on the Board of Directors for An Episcopal Ministry to Convalescent Homes (AEMCH) and also served as their Treasurer and later a member of their board.
Father John has 4 sisters and a son, whom he adopted over a 10 years ago, and his pride and joy! Father decided to move back to his hometown of Wilmington to ensure his son was provided with a solid education. Father’s son is currently in 9th Grade at Thomas McCain High School in Wilmington.
After several years of not attending a church, Father John felt God was calling him to a new journey toward a life of service. He attended his first service at All Saints Episcopal Church in San an Leandro and felt welcomed and knew this is where God wanted him to be for a time. Father John joined All Saints and allowed God to lead him and served initially as a Eucharistic Minister and Home Visitor. He also volunteered in many other areas of the church to help All Saints Parish grow. Father4 then served as a volunteer Hospital Chaplain at the Fairmont Hospital in San Leandro, California.
After a year at All Saints, Father felt he was doing all he could, but deep within himself, he knew God was calling him into ordained life. He began a journey to the Deaconate and later to the Priesthood. Father’s role-model of a deacon in the Church remains St. Francis of Assisi. Father prays to him every day and tries to live by his example through his love of people and creation; humbly serving, preaching and administering to their needs. Father John is a professed Franciscan.
Father John graduated from the Episcopal School for Deacons in May 2011 and was Deacon and served at St. Clare’s Episcopal Church in Pleasanton, California. Immediately after ordination he was assigned there, and in August 2011, founded Sacred Space. Father also started Food4Life Bags, an organization that provides non-perishable foods and water to the homeless; since 2011 they have given well over 5000 bags to homeless, hungry, and food insecure families.
Father John was ordained to Holy Orders as a priest, a journey that began when a friend, and Bishop of the Diocese of Sts. Francis and Claire, invited him to lunch. As they ate and talked about many things, he was invited to consider becoming a priest in the Old Catholic Church. A few years from that initial invitation, Father John was introduced to our Presiding Bishop. Father was finally ready, and formally joined the church in 2016, where, as he so aptly states, “Finally felt, this is where he was called serve as a priest!”
After discernment and discussion, on March 3, 2017, Father John fulfilled God’s calling to become a priest and was assigned to Saint Miriam by our Diocesan Bishop on September 1, 2017!
Father John Francis volunteers at his local Firehouse to help with raising monies, and assisting the Fire Chief in administrative work. On January 5th, 2020, The President and Fire Chief had appointed Father as Chaplain to the Cranston Heights Fire Company in Wilmington. In this role, Father will be present to the members of the Firehouse in celebrating the Sacraments of the Church, grief counseling, and being present for ride-alongs when feasible.