Staff Member: Father John Tetlow
Father John Tetlow
On July 1, 2008 Father John Tetlow became the 4th pastor of San Juan Del Rio. He was born to Hilda and John Tetlow on May 29, 1954 in Manchester, England. At the age of five, Fr. John emigrated from the UK to America and lived with relatives in Connecticut for five years before moving to Jacksonville.
At the age of 19, Fr. John felt a calling to the priesthood but, due to the death of his father he helped support his mother, brothers - Michael and Paul, as well as his sister Bernadette. He did this by working at Barnett Bank (now Bank of America) and as the sales manager for Economy Office Supply. During this four-year period, he remained acutely aware of his discernment toward the priesthood and was in continual prayer with Our Lord regarding his commitment to that vocation. Fr. John did say “Yes,” to the Lord at the age of 23 and entered St. Meinrad School of Theology, a Benedictine Seminary in Indiana. He graduated from there with a Masters’ Degree in Divinity. Later, he furthered his theological studies at the Jesuit Catholic University in San Francisco, receiving a Masters’ Degree in Spirituality and the Sciences then was ordained into the priesthood by Bishop John J. Snyder in the Diocese of St. Augustine on May 26, 1984.
Since his ordination, Fr. John has been an associate pastor at St. Catherine’s in Orange Park, St. Paul’s at the Beach, Cathedral Parish in St. Augustine, and Christ the King in Jacksonville. From 1984 until 1997, he served as the Diocesan SEARCH Youth Director. SEARCH was a powerful youth spiritual program that affected the lives of many high school students of the Diocese. From 1993 until 2004, Fr. John was the Diocesan Vocations’ Director. Then, in 2001, he was appointed pastor of Santa Maria del Mar, Flagler Beach by Bishop Victor Galeone and faithfully served that parish until his reassignment to San Juan Del Rio in July of 2008.