Associates & Staff

Father John S. Custer

Father John S. Custer, Senior Fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, is Dean and Professor of Biblical Studies at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Pittsburgh.

He earned his S.T.D. degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University and his S.S.L. degree from the Pontifical Biblical Institute. He also holds a B.A. degree in Classics from Seton Hall University.

Father Custer is author of The Old Testament: A Byzantine Perspective, and The Holy Gospel: A Byzantine Perspective, both published by God with Us Publications. A third volume,  The Apostolic Writings: A Byzantine Perspective, is due out shortly. He regularly publishes and lectures on Byzantine, patristic, and Scriptural topics.

In addition to his academic work, Father Custer has pastored parishes in Danbury, Connecticut, and Philadelphia and has been active in youth ministry and priestly formation.


Oideas Gael, Gleann Cholm Cille, Tir Chonaill Éire. Thirty hours of advanced Irish language study for teachers of the Irish language (2004)

B.A.,  Seton Hall University (1979) Classics

S.S.L., Pontifical Biblical Institute (1985)

S.T.D., Pontifical Gregorian University (1987)

Professional Positions

2004: Adjunct Professor, Graduate Dept. of Theology, Duquesne University

1995-1998: Visiting Professor: St. Gregory the Theologian Seminary Permanent Diaconate Program, Newton MA

1995-present: Member, Intereparchial Liturgical Commission

1993-1996: Assistant Professor: Dean of Students, Director of Formation, Recruitment Officer, College Division, Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus OH

1991-1999: St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook PA

1990-1993: Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church, Philadelphia PA

1987-1990: Pastor: St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, Danbury CT

1987-1989: Adjunct Professor: Western Connecticut State University

1983: Ordained to the priesthood for the Eparchy of Passaic.

Publications and Presentations

The Akathist Hymn to the Mother of God (Introduction, text, translation, commentary) (Paulist Press, forthcoming 2008)

The New Testament: A Byzantine Perspective, Vol. 2: The Apostolic Writings (Pittsburgh: God with Us, 2005)

“The Akathist Hymn to the Mother of God” lecture presented at Archeparchy of Pittsburgh Catechist Formation (2005)

“Called to Discipleship” director of Day of Recollection for Young Adults; Eparchy of Passaic, Basilian Fathers’ Monastery, Matawan NJ (2004)

“Keynote Address” at Intereparchial ByzanTEEN rally, Frazier Park, CA (2004)

“Byzantine Catholic Answers to Life’s Three Most Pressing Questions” presented workshop at ByzantTEEN rally (2004)

“The OT Background of the Liturgy” lecture at Byzantine Catholic Churches of Phoenix AZ (2004)

“A User’s Guide to the Bible: For absolute beginners” lecture at Byzantine Catholic Churches of Phoenix AZ and Archeparchy of Pittsburgh, Catechist Formation (2003-2004)

The New Testament: A Byzantine Perspective, Vol 1: The Holy Gospel (Pittsburgh: God with Us, 2004)

“Through the Church Year with the Gospel according to St Matthew” Eparchial Convocation, Eparchy of St Nicholas of Chicago (2003)

The Liturgy of the Church and the Word of God (Fairfax, VA: Eastern Christian Publications, 2003)

Associates & Staff

Dr. Scott Hahn
Founder and President and Chairman of the Board
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Episcopal Advisor
Senior Fellows Father Thomas Acklin, O.S.B Dr. Joseph C. Atkinson Dr. Christopher Baglow Dr. William Bales Dr. Michael Barber Father Robert Barron Dr. John Bergsma Dr. Richard Bulzacchelli Dr. Matthew Bunson Dr. Aaron Canty Dr. Sebastian Carnazzo Father John S. Custer Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio Dr. Vincent DeMeo Father Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B. Dr. David Fagerberg Dr. Lawrence Feingold Father Pablo Gadenz Father Michael Giesler Dr. Gregory Yuri Glazov Dr. Timothy Gray Dr. Mary Healy Dr. Stephen Hildebrand Dr. Jeremy Holmes Dr. Kenneth Howell Dr. Leroy Huizenga Dr. Andrew Jones Dr. Daniel A. Keating Father William Kurz, S.J. Father Thomas Lane Dr. Taylor Marshall Dr. Timothy Milinovich Dr. Robert P. Miller Dr. Jeffrey Morrow Dr. Ian Murphy Monsignor A. Robert Nusca Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J. Dr. James L. Papandrea Dr. Brant Pitre Fr. Jospeh Poggemeyer Dr. Thomas Scheck Dr. Nathanael E. Schmiedicke Dr. James Shelton Dr. Daniel G. Van Slyke Dr. Steven C. Smith Dr. Edward Sri Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD Father Kris Stubna Dr. Andrew Swafford Dr. Michel Therrien Dr. Andre Villeneuve Dr. Benjamin Wiker Dr. Peter Williamson Dr. Carol Younger