A Catholic priest shakes hands with Pope Francis.
Father John Fischer with Pope Francis. Photo courtesy of Vatican Media.

Light on a Knight – June 2024

Any Knight who is a member of the Fourth Degree has a deep appreciation for his Faithful Friar. This priest, chosen as the assembly’s spiritual advisor, not only nurtures the men’s faith but also guides them in their patriotic duties.

At Cross Catholic Outreach, we are blessed to have several current and former Faithful Friars on our team, including Father John Fischer, who serves as an Outreach Priest for our organization.

Fr. John is a dedicated member of Msgr. Gerdes Council No. 3123 in Amelia, Ohio, and also actively participates in his local assembly. Several years ago, while serving as Faithful Friar, he supported Fourth Degree Knights in both the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the Diocese of Toledo.

Fr. John was ordained as a Comboni Missionary Priest in 1976 and became a member of the Order two years later. His compassionate heart led him to serve the poor in Comboni and Diocesan Missions in Kenya.

Upon returning to the United States, he took on various roles within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati as a hospital chaplain, mission director, tribunal judge and pastor. In a wider ministry, he has served as President of the U.S. Catholic Mission Association and on the National and International Catholic Committee of Scouting.

In 2016, Fr. John received a special commission from Pope Francis as a Missionary of Mercy.

Fr. John’s devout faith and commitment to serving the poor continue to inspire Catholics throughout the Midwest. This month, we proudly feature him as our “Light on a Knight,” recognizing his tireless efforts in helping Knights put their faith into action.

Is your parish interested in inviting Fr. John to celebrate Mass and share how global Church missions are blessing the poor? We would love to speak with you and answer any of your questions about hosting an Outreach Priest. Submit a request here, and a member of our ministry team will be in touch.