Four Centuries of the Congregation of the Mission
John E. Rybolt, CM (about)
John E. Rybolt, C.M., was born in Los Angeles, California. He entered the Congregation of the Mission in Perryville, Missouri, in 1959. After his ordination in 1967, he did further graduate work and received degrees in ministry, theology, and sacred scripture, including a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from St. Louis University. He taught in the seminaries of the Western (later Midwest) province before initiating the Centre International de Formation (CIF), headquartered in Paris, France, designed for ongoing formation of members of the Congregation and the Vincentian Family. From 2003, he has been the historian of the Congregation, charged with continuing a general history of the Congregation begun in 1992. For this, he traveled widely to assemble materials for that history. As a Vincentian scholar-in-residence at DePaul University, he resides in Chicago, where he also does some parish ministry while continuing his research and writing.