Fr. Just, a member of the "Jesuits West USA Province" of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), is Director of Biblical Ministries at the Loyola Institute for Spirituality (LIS) in Orange, CA. After receiving his Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Yale University, he taught at Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles), the University of San Francisco, and Santa Clara University. He also served several years as the Executive Director of LIS and as Dean of the Lay Ecclesial Ministry and Deacon Formation programs of the Diocese of Las Vegas. He still regularly teaches courses for the "Ecclesia" program of Mount St. Mary's University (Los Angeles), and the Catholic Bible Institutes of several dioceses in California and Arizona. He gives many public lectures on a wide variety of biblical and liturgical topics, and often leads biblically-based days of prayer, parish missions, and weekend or week-long retreats. He is a member of the editorial board for the New American Bible; he is webmaster for the Catholic Biblical Association of America; he has produced seven audio-CD programs with Now You Know Media; and he also maintains his own large internationally recognized website of “Catholic Resources” (http://catholic-resources.org).
Soon after Felix was born in Berlin, Germany, the Just family emigrated to Tucson, Arizona, where he graduated from Tucson High School and studied Mathematics at the University of Arizona (B.S. 1978; M.S. 1980). He entered the California Province of the Society of Jesus in 1980 and was ordained a priest in 1991. [As of 2017, the new expanded province is called "Jesuits West USA."] His Jesuit training included attending the Jesuit Novitiate in Santa Barbara, CA, studying at the Hochschule für Philosophie in Munich, Germany (Bakk.Phil. 1984), teaching mathematics and German at Jesuit High School in Sacramento, CA, and studying theology at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA (M.Div. 1990, S.T.L. 1994). Along the way he also had several shorter teaching stints and pastoral experiences in Los Angeles, San Jose, Oakland, Guaymas (Mexico), Rome (Italy), and Guadalajara (Mexico).
Fr. Just did his doctoral studies of the New Testament in the Dept. of Religious Studies at Yale University, New Haven, CT, culminating in a dissertation entitled, “The Social Role of Blind People and Attitudes toward the Blind in New Testament Times” (Ph.D. 1998). His other research interests include the Gospel and Letters of John, the Book of Revelation and Apocalyptic Literature, the Roman Catholic Liturgy, and the Lectionary for Mass.
After serving four years as President and Executive Director of the Loyola Institute for Spirituality (LIS) in Orange, CA, he has now stepped back from administrative duties and returned to his previous position as Director of Biblical Ministries at LIS. He offers a variety of adult faith-formation programs, biblically-based days of prayers, weekend or week-long retreats, and parish missions. He also regularly teaches in the Catholic Bible Institutes of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Diocese of San Bernardino, the Diocese of Orange, and the Diocese of Tucson.
Prior to moving to Orange County, Fr. Just taught theology and religious studies at Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles), the University of San Francisco, and Santa Clara University. He has worked extensively with the Campus Ministry program at Mount St. Mary's University, Los Angeles, for almost 20 years. He was also the Director of the Center for Religion and Spirituality (a part of LMU Extension), and the Dean of the Lay Ecclesial Ministry and Deacon Formation programs for the Diocese of Las Vegas, Nevada.
He is an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Catholic Biblical Association, currently also serving as webmaster for the CBA. He is a member of the editorial board for the New American Bible, New Testament revision project. He has produced seven audio-CD programs with Now You Know Media, and also maintains his own large internationally-acclaimed website with a wide variety of biblical and liturgical materials (http://catholic-resources.org).
Fr. Just gives many public lectures and workshops for parishes and dioceses on a wide variety of biblical, liturgical, spiritual, and theological topics. He likes to travel and lead pilgrimages, enjoys a broad range of popular and Christian music, and tries to keep up his working knowledge of several ancient and modern languages, including German, Spanish, French, and Biblical Greek and Hebrew.
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