John Smestad Jr

Executive Director, Pastoral Planning & Ministries

Archdiocese of New Orleans

John Smestad, Jr., serves as Executive Director of Pastoral Planning and Ministries for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, overseeing a variety of ministry training, staff supervision, and synod implementation. Prior to that he spent 12 years as Director of the Archdiocesan CYO/Youth & Young Adult Ministry Office, and 7 years in campus ministry and teaching theology classes at Catholic high schools. Concurrent to these, he has served for 22 years as youth minister at his home parish, St. Dominic, with some 200 teens involved annually.

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