In the late '80s and early '90s, Father Jack became involved in lay spiritual work tutoring young people, and in particular working with refugee families. He got to know the Rev. Michael Salah of St. Francis Xavier parish, who became his spiritual advisor and told him, "You would make a great priest." Father Jack was at a decision point in his career and his life. He could go on to get his Certified Public Accountant license or take a truly different path and join the priesthood. He chose the latter and, in 2000, entered Blessed John XXIII Seminary, in Weston, Mass., which primarily serves men interested in the priesthood as a second career. In 2004, he was ordained as a priest and began the next part of his life's journey.