St. Mary Catholic Community

Staff Member: Rev. John R. Worster

Staff Member: Rev. John R. Worster

Rev. John R. Worster

Pastor / Párroco
Phone: 208-344-2597
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Ordination: 1987 in St. Edward Church, Twin Falls, by Bishop Sylvester W. Treinen


He served as associate pastor at St. John Cathedral, Boise (1987-90). In 1990, he was commissioned an Army Chaplain with rank of first lieutenant and began service in the Idaho National Guard as Battalion Chaplain, 1-148 FA, in Pocatello.

In 1990, he was assigned as parochial vicar, Holy Rosary, Idaho Falls (1990-91).

From 1991-92, he was administrator of St. Mary’s, Soda Springs, including Blessed Sacrament, Montpelier; Our Lady of Lourdes, Lava Hot Springs; and St. Peter’s, Preston. He served as pastor for the parish and its missions (1992-98); and at Immaculate Conception, Buhl, and St. Catherine’s, Hagerman (1998-2001); before returning to Soda Springs (2001-04).

In 2004, he was called to active duty for Operation Iraqi Freedom III, at the rank of major. He served as Brigade Chaplain, 116 HCBC, in Kirkuk, Iraq, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Combat Action Badge for his service.

Upon his return to Idaho in 2005, he served as administrator and then pastor at St. Bernard’s, Blackfoot, and St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Fort Hall. In July 2009, he began a year-long sabbatical for advanced strategic studies and attended the Inter-American Defense College, Fort McNair, Washington, DC, from which he holds a Certificate, Hemispheric Defense and Security.

With the rank of colonel, he has served the Idaho National Guard as the Joint Forces Command Senior Supervisory Chaplain since 2008.

He served as pastor for Holy Spirit, Pocatello, which includes St. Anthony’s and St. Joseph’s, and St. Paul’s, Chubbuck (2010-15).

Besides his ministry assignments, Father Worster has served on diocesan boards and committees, including the Diocesan Study Project (Green Book 1989), the Clergy Trust and Retirement Committee (1991), the Priest Personnel Board (1995-97), the Priestly Life, Ministry Committee (1995-present) and the Priest Retirement Committee (2002-05, 2008-15).

Other Interests/Activities: Avid Hunter and Fisherman

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