Father John Matthew Fewel

Visiting Priest

Father John Matthew Fewel comes to Star of the Sea from the Diocese of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands.
Born in Orange, California, Father grew up in Los Altos on the peninsula, Burbank, in southern CA, and Folsom, close to where he completed some of his college in Fair Oaks, California.
In the Virgin Islands where Father lived for almost nine years, he was ordained to the priesthood on January 4, 2014. In St. Thomas, Father was the editor of the diocesan magazine, ‘The Catholic Islander,” worked as a prison ministry volunteer, and was chaplain of the US Virgin Islands Latin Mass Society.
At Star of the Sea, Father Fewel heads the altar server program, the sacristy, the St. Joseph Adoration Chapel, and the baptism and marriage preparation programs.
His list of hobbies has included: private pilot, sailing, harmonica, guitar, banjo, model airplanes, drawing, painting, and, lately, beginner violin. A former airline mechanic, Father Fewel is also the grandfather of six and the father of four (one of them now with Our Lord, he prays). Of personal loss and tragedy, Father Fewel says that it is one of the greatest gifts of God, that through suffering one may be brought closer to him than through almost anything else. And for many, like Father himself, suffering and pain is often the beginning of the climb back onto the narrow, winding, steep, rocky, and thorn-lined path to eternal life.