Father John Tritschler

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Fr. John Tritschler ( he prefers being called Fr. John, it is also easier to say than his surname) was born April 3, 1940 in Calgary, the second of four children; two sisters and a brother. His father spent his entire career with the Bank of Montreal and advancements with the bank meant the family was constantly on the move. They lived in Montreal twice, Calgary twice, Edmonton, Chicago and Vancouver. As his high school graduation from St. Mary’s Catholic Boys’ School in Calgary approached, he decided with some friends that he would “go to the seminary and give it a try”. He was thinking of St. Joseph’s Seminary in Edmonton at the time, but the bank transferred his father to Vancouver and so he entered the Seminary of Christ the King in Mission, BC in the fall of 1958. He studied there until his ordination as a diocesan priest for the Archdiocese of Vancouver in 1966. Since then he has served in parishes in West Vancouver, North Vancouver, North and South Burnaby, Vancouver proper, the Fraser Valley, and as a priest volunteer for three years in the Diocese of MacKenzie-Forth Smith and one year in the diocese of the Yukon.

“My loves in the priesthood would be working with the native people of Canada…that’s number one. Number two would be working with young adults, and in schools and I have worked in prisons.”

Father Tritschler is an avid outdoors enthusiast. When he was younger he hiked Vancouver Island’s West Coast Trail twice, and the Cape Scott Trail, kayaked the east side of the Queen Charlottes and canoed the Taseko Lakes in the Chilcoten. “I love outdoor activity…I don’t take as much time as I should, but I love the outdoors.”

"Fr. Galvon’s charity and kindness towards me has been much appreciated. Fr.Kiran, Ryan, the parish staff and the parishioners have been most helpful and welcoming to me as I settle into Star of the Sea Parish and the pastoral work that is before me. Together with all of you I look forward to growing in deeper faith, trust and love in Almighty God and our Catholic Faith with which we have all been so richly blessed."