Fr. Chas Canoy
St. John the Evangelist Parish
711 North Francis Street
Jackson, MI 49201
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Rev. Fr. Charles J. Canoy is a priest of the Diocese of Lansing in Michigan, specializing in the new evangelization. “Father Chas” was born in the Philippines in 1972, but he grew up in the midwestern college town of Columbia, Missouri. After graduating from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University (Bloomington) in 1994, he worked for a few years as a Business Planning Associate for General Mills (Cincinnati) and as a Regional Director for Legatus (Ann Arbor), an organization of Catholic business leaders.
Fr. Canoy also studied philosophy at Franciscan University (Steubenville) for two years with one semester in Gaming, Austria. He also spent another semester abroad in Rome at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. A transformative 30-day Ignatian retreat during Lent 2001 led him to pursue diocesan priesthood and enter Sacred Heart Major Seminary (Detroit), earning his Master of Divinity (M.Div.), summa cum laude in 2005.
On June 11, 2005, Fr. Canoy was ordained to the priesthood of Jesus Christ. He served for five years at two parishes: St. Thomas the Apostle in Ann Arbor and St. Andrew the Apostle in Saline, Michigan. From 2010 to 2014, he served on the formation faculty at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, while he completed his Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) in the New Evangelization, summa cum laude, from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum). He presently is on the adjunct faculty and serves as the pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Jackson, Michigan (www.stjohnjackson.org). He also collaborates with the Catherine of Siena Institute, most recently contributing to the follow-up book of Sherry Weddell's Forming Intentional Disciples called Becoming a Parish of Intentional Disciples.
For recreation, Fr. Canoy still enjoys his childhood sport of golf and is a big fan of Michigan basketball. As Fr. Chas' YouTube Channel reveals, he also enjoys movies.