Fr. Johnson’s home parish is the Church of the Annunciation in Kearney, Mo., but he said he considers St. Thomas Aquinas Church, the UNL Newman Center, to be his home parish in Lincoln.
Fr. Johnson is the son of Jimmy and Theresa Johnson and has an older brother and sister.
He credits his time at the Newman Center and Phi Kappa Theta Catholic Fraternity at UNL with helping him be open to listening to the call to the seminary, and first heard the call to the seminary during his senior year but took a job in Texas working as an engineer.
“After I moved down there,” he said, “I found out that my pastor was the vocations director for the Diocese of Victoria in Texas, and then I knew that I was going to end up in the seminary. I finally accepted the call on Good Friday in 2014 and the rest, as they say, is history.”
Fr. Johnson is grateful to his parents and family, Father Robert Matya, Father Holdren, Father Dan Morales, his pastor in Texas, and his brother Phi Kaps for his discerning the call to his vocation.
Fr. Johnson said, “I am excited to be able to celebrate Mass for and with the people, but I am most excited for that moment when, please God, I get to Heaven and the Lord shows me the people whom He was able to reach through my vocation as His priest.”
In addition to serving as assistant pastor at St. Joseph Church, Fr. Johnson has been appointed as an advocate on the Diocesan Tribunal and teaches at Pius X High School.