Fr. John Lasuba, was born in Yei, South Sudan and spent his younger years in that war stricken town that lies approximately 110 miles by road, southwest of Juba, the largest city in South Sudan. At the age of 6 he witnessed the murder of his father and three brothers by North Sudanese soldiers. He and his mother spent the next several years moving from place to place in an effort to avoid enemy forces. When Father was 11 they relocated to Juba and at the age of 12 he was able to attend school for the first time in his life. Eventually he entered the seminary and became a priest. Father’s first three years after ordination were spent in Juba. He then went to the liberated areas of Yei, his home town, and ministered to the people there along with the soldiers on the front lines. He was in the Yei area for 10 years before coming to the United States as a political refugee.
Father John’s commitment to the Catholic Church, Christian values and the efforts of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army put him in direct conflict with the Islamic led government of Northern Sudan. His life was soon in grave danger, and he had no choice but to flee the country.
Nine months after arriving in the United States, he was invited by Monsignor Gerald Mahon to join the parish staff at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Rochester, MN. He has spent the last six years in Rochester ministering to the parishioners of St. John’s and the Sudanese Community.