Deacon John P. Barelli JD is returning to Saint Thomas the Apostle after twenty-one years. His first assignment as a deacon began with us in 1996. He returns to us from his eleven year assignment at St. Daniel the Prophet Parish, Scottsdale. Deacon Barelli served also in the Diocese of Kansas City St. Joe, and the Diocese of Tucson (on the Colorado River Indian Reservation).
Deacon Barelli and his wife Mary Jean have lived in the Phoenix area for thirty-one years, and they have been STA parishioners for more than twenty-five years.
Deacon Barelli has his Juris Doctorate Degree, a Master’s Degree in Applied Orthodox Theology, a Graduate Bachelor’s Degree in International Business Management, as well as, a Bachelor’s Degree in Government. Deacon Barelli has been a lawyer for forty-six years, admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, licensed in Arizona, Montana, Kansas, and Missouri. He has served two governors on the Arizona Drug & Alcohol Education Parents’ Commission.
Before retiring in 2018, Deacon Barelli served two years are Judge Pro Tempore for the Maricopa County Arizona Superior Court. He is certified as a Catholic Airport Chaplain and a member of the Sky Harbor Interfaith Chaplaincy, Inc. for over twenty years.
He and Mrs. Barelli are particularly devoted to Our Mother Mary Queen of Heaven and Earth. Deacon Berelli’s favorite ministries include: preaching, counseling, teaching, sacramental preparation, and pro-life-human dignity issues. His hobbies including writing, aviation, art, and cooking.
Mrs. Barelli is a retired educator. She taught fifth grade for twenty years at St. Daniel the Prophet Catholic School before retiring in 2008.
The Barelli ’s have been married for fifty years. They have four children, eleven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Two of their sons and one grandson serve in the United States Coast Guard. With open arms and hearts please welcome Deacon Barelli and his family to Saint Thomas!