Born: December 21, 1951, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Joncas, a Catholic priest, is a liturgical theologian and composer of contemporary music.
He attended the University of Notre Dame (MA Liturgical Studies, 1978), and the Pontificio Istituto Liturgico, Collegio Sant’Anselmo, Rome (SLL 1999, SLD 1991).
He was ordained in 1980, and held a number of positions, including associate pastor with Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Maplewood, Minnesota (1980–84); campus minister and education director for the Newman Center, University of Minnesota (1984–87); and parochial administrator at St. Cecilia’s Parish, St. Paul, Minnesota.
As of 2013, he was teaching at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, at the University of Notre Dame, and summer courses at the Saint John’s School of Theology - Seminary, Collegeville, Minnesota.