Fr. Chas Canoy
St. John the Evangelist Parish
711 N. Francis St.
Jackson, MI 49201
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Rev. Fr. Charles J. Canoy is a Catholic 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. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1994 from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University (Bloomington). He then 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.
Before entering seminary, Fr. Canoy also studied two years of philosophy at Franciscan University (Steubenville) in Ohio, spending one semester at their Gaming campus in Austria. He also spent another semester abroad in Rome at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. A transformative 30-day Ignatian retreat during the Lent of 2001 prompted him to pursue the diocesan priesthood and enter Sacred Heart Major Seminary (Detroit), where he earned his Master of Divinity (M.Div.), graduating 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 downtown 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 pontifical Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) in the New Evangelization. He presently is on the adjunct faculty and serves as the pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Jackson, Michigan.
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.