John Johnson is a Catholic layman with a philosophy degree from St. Mary's College of California and a Master's degree in Theology from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology where his studies focused on the beatific epistemology of St. Thomas Aquinas. He is the Executive Director of the Albertus Magnus Institute, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to the promotion of Catholic higher education, and the host of the Magnus Podcast.
A generalist by trade with a love for souls, John has worked quietly behind the scenes his entire professional life - helping several of the Catholic apostolates you know and love to thrive. Previously, for over a decade he served as a Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry within the Diocese of Sacramento where he cultivated a deep affinity for speaking with young people and teaching. His work in the Vineyard has included everything from priestly formation, to parish consulting, to the production of great Catholic media.
He has spoken at Catholic colleges, retreats, and events across the United States and internationally. He lives in California with his wife and four young children.
Speaking Topics Include:
Tradition, Betrayal, and Adoration - Navigating turbulent times in the Church through the Charism of the Beloved Disciple.
Saving Beauty - Discovering the Spark that Awakens us to the Divine.
In the Flesh - Meditations on the Bread of Life Discourse in John's Gospel.
The Power of a Meme - Aristotle's Rhetoric in John's Gospel.
The Theology of Christopher Nolan - How the Church's Most Powerful Modern-day Evangelist has been hiding in plain sight to subvert a subverted culture through great film.
Breaking the Chains that Bind Us - an Intro to Moral Theology.
Conquering Sins of the Flesh with the Help of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Curing Discernment Paralysis - a Young Adult's Guide to Vocational Discernment.
Buying your way into Heaven - Trading your Wounds for His Glory.
Husband is a Verb - On the Art of Felicitous Marriage
"John Johnson is a gifted speaker, with a great love for Christ and the Church. In his approach, faith and reason are wedded: he unites a keen mind with a desire for the things of God. His special interest is communicating the beauty of the faith to our contemporary culture. He speaks with conviction and fire." - Fr. Cassian Folsom, OSB, Founder and Prior Emeritus, Monks of Norcia
"John’s ability to connect with the youth is a tremendous gift. He talked to the members of the youth group with great respect, and he was given great respect in return. His ability to appeal to their intellect and emotion through his suspenseful discussion left the teens inspired to grow in the faith." - Ashley Wischnowski, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Doylestown, PA
"Authentic. Clear. Grounded. John Johnson’s words are an outpouring of Love flowing from his identity as a Beloved Son of The Father. He speaks from a personal background in intellectual and spiritual formation but most importantly as a husband and father committed to living out his vocation in a joyful Christian way." - Joshua Miller, Seminarian, Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska, and the Archdiocese for the Military Services
"John is a contemporary man with an ancient soul, wholly devoted to our Lord and His Church, who sees into our present time of crisis with the heart of a spiritual father and the mind of a diagnostician. Only with rarity have I encountered someone with such solid academic formation in the Catholic tradition that is able to exhort and instruct while fostering an environment of reverential awe for God. He is indeed a gifted teacher and beloved, faithful son of Mother Church." - Susan Groves, St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, San Antonio, TX
"John Johnson delivered one of the most impactful talks I’ve ever heard—it is no exaggeration to say it changed the course of my life, spiritual and otherwise.” - Joshua Charles, #1 New York Times Best Selling Author and Recent Convert to the Catholic Faith