Rev. John G. Proctor Jr., J.C.L., K.C.H.S
April 4, 1946 – February 27, 2019
"I go to the Lord calling no one my enemy. I forgive anyone who may have injured me. I am deeply sorry for any injury i may have caused. I apologize to anyone I have offended. I have never meant to hurt anyone."
- John G. Proctor, Jr.
John Proctor was born at Stanford University Hospital, Palo Alto, California, on April 4, 1946, the third child and only son of the late John G. ("Jack") Proctor and Jennie Matjasich. He has two sisters, the late Anna Proctor and Peggy Proctor of Novato, California.
When John was six months old, the family moved to Sacramento where his father was an insurance executive and his mother a housewife and later an accountant. The Proctor family was deeply involved in Sacred Heart Parish where John graduated from grammar school in 1960. He then attended St. Anthony's High School in Santa Barbara, California, for his four years of high school, graduation in 1964.
John then entered St. Pius X Seminary in Galt, California, for the Diocese of Sacramento. After two years of college, John was awarded the Basselin Scholarship to the Catholic University of American in Washington, D.C., where he finished his undergraduate course and graduated in 1968. John continued his theological studies at the Catholic University of America and also studied Comparative Literature at the University of Maryland, in College Park. His thesis was a comparison of the poetry of Walt Whitman and Juan Ramon Jimenez.
Father John Proctor was ordained a priest by Bishop Leo T. Maher at Old Mission San Diego de Alcala on March 17, 1972. (Father Proctor's ordination was the only priestly ordination ever held in the Mission church in the history of the Mission Basilica.) From 1972 to 1974 Father Proctor was an Associate Pastor at Immaculate Conception Church, in Colton, California. In 1974 Father Proctor was transferred to Marian High School, Imperial Beach, with residence at St. Charles Church. From 1974 through 1977 Father Proctor taught many different courses at Marian and served as an Associate at St. Charles. In 1977 Bishop Maher appointed Father Proctor to graduate studies in Canon Law at the Catholic University of America. Father Proctor returned to San Diego in 1979 with his degrees in Canon Law. From 1979 through 1986 Father Proctor was the Administrator of the Diocesan Tribunal and Vice-Officialis. He also served as Bishop Maher's canonist. During this time, Father Proctor became the Parliamentarian of the Canon Law Society of America, wrote several articles on Canon Law and served as the Spanish-Language reviewer for The Jurist, the official journal of the CLSA. Father Proctor also served as a consultant for the California Catholic Conference.
On September 1, 1986, Father Proctor was appointed to second Pastor of Corpus Christi Catholic Parish in Bonita. The Church building was completed by 1991 and the project was paid off by 1999. The parish began with about seventy-five families, and by the time Father Proctor left, there were about three thousand families. After the church was paid off, Father began raising money for a parish hall and school. The building Fund was in a very healthy condition when Father left Corpus Christi.
During the years between 1986 and 2004 Father Proctor became civically involved. He was the regional chaplain for the United States Border Patrol and also a chaplain for the San Diego Police Department, a position he continues with today. Father Proctor served many terms on the Presbyteral Council; he also served on the Board of Consulters and the Priests' Pension Fund Board. He also continued with his canonical pursuits.
On January 1, 2005. Father proctor was appointed Pastor of All Hallows Church in La Jolla. He served there fifteen months and raised much of the money for the new building fund and capital campaign.
From April 2006 through July 2009 Father Proctor returned to teaching and the academic life. He taught several courses, mainly in Church History and Canon Law, for the San Diego Diocesan Institute. Working with the new American Province of the Sister Servants of the Blessed Sacrament, Father Proctor edited and translated their biographical study on the life and theology of their Founder, the Servant of God, Don Silviano Carillo. He also continued reviewing books for The Jurist.
From April 2006 through June 2009 Father Proctor served as a supply contract chaplain for the United States Marine Corp at Camp Pendleton, California. In June 2009 the United States Navy offered Father Proctor a contract serving in full time ministry at Naval Base San Diego, at Murphy Canyon Regional Chapel.
- Visitation Thursday, March 7, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, March 7, 2019
Rev. John G. Proctor Jr., J.C.L., K.C.H.S
March 17, 2019
John loved a good party (see his smiling face in the picture I attached) and we will miss him at our 55th high school reunion this year. I remember the 40th anniversary mass of his ordination had all the beauty of ritual and tradition that John loved. His sermon was most memorable as he walked the congregation through his life. He spoke about the friars wanting him to fail a test, but we all know that John was not ever capable of doing that even if he wanted to. He was proud that he was able to wear a police badge when he was chaplain for the police department. What a moment it was! I will remember John as a good friend and how he was devoted to his ministry.
March 17, 2019
Fr. Proctor was a senior when I was a freshmen at St. Anthony's Seminary. He was a wonderful role model. I can still remember when his father died, the whole student body mourned his passing. John was a master at Latin! I heard that he used to put together the tests that our Latin teacher would give us! Five years ago he celebrated Mass for us SAS alumni in the seminary chapel! Rest in peace friend, I know you are happy!
John (Jack) Allison
March 17, 2019
John is my friend, my competitor, my sounding board, my critic and an advocate for the marginalized in our society and faith communities. From the Goldwater debates in the early ‘60s, visiting his family in Sacramento, visiting his seminary digs in Galt, to being swarmed by former parishioners while having breakfast east of San Diego 3 years ago, John drew a lot of water and left quite a wake.
All your questions are answered, brother.
Peace, goodness and joy.
March 16, 2019
John coached some of us at St Anthony’s Seminary in Latin to help us pass the course. I coached him on a volley ball team as all seminarians participated in sports as well as academics. There was joy in each of us doing what he could to support the other. Good lesson to take forward. Thank you, John.
March 7, 2019
We will miss you at Thanksgiving, especially with your sister Peggy, and the wonderful stories you would tell. Thank you for the love you had for us all and the services you presided over.
Clay & Anne Hoffman
March 5, 2019
We love you Father Proctor.
Anne & Clay Hoffman