Welcome to Father John Vakulskas’ website

Father John, Carnival Priest meets the Pope
Pope Francis honors Father John Vakulskas Jr, Carnival Priest, on June 16, 2016, at the Vatican for his dedication to this pastoral outreach since July 4, 1969.

Pope Francis reminded Father John that kindness breeds kindness.
He also told Father John to give his thanks to all carnival workers and their families for bringing family entertainment to all God's children.

Father John's sister, Janet Masteller, from Sioux City, IA, is also pictured.

Upcoming Tours

Passion Play (Oberammagau) | Best of Europe July 31 - August 10, 2020

11 Days Best of Europe Tour, with a once in a lifetime opportunity to attend the world-famous Passion Play in Oberammagau, Germany. July 31 - August 10, 2020.

Italy: Venice, Rome, & more Nov. 5-15, 2018

Audience with Pope Francis

Holy Land Grand Tour Feb 12-21, 2019

Feb 12-21, 2019

England and Scotland Nov 5-15, 2019

Previous Tours

Italy Tour 2014

Want to know more about what tours look like? Check out this video with pictures from my Italy tour in 2014.

Letters & Messages

Commemoration Features Retired Priest

Father John was the featured speaker at the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus train disaster.

Pope Honors Father John

The "Pope recognizes work of chaplains who minister to those on the move" article from The Catholic Globe on December 20, 2012.

Father John on CBS

Father John is featured on the CBS Sunday Morning News.

Christmas Letter

This is a letter sent Christmas 2017 including information about tours in 2017 and 2018.

John Hanschen's Message

John Hanschen gives an enlightening message. May 30, 2014.