Rev. Vito Perrone, COSJ

Spiritual Director


Fr. Vito Perrone has served within the Catholic Church in full-time ministry for over 30 years.  After spending more than ten years in different ministry roles as a lay person, he entered seminary formation.  Fr. Vito was ordained a deacon in 2000 and a priest in 2001 for the Archdiocese of San Francisco.  After another 10 years of ordained parish ministry, in 2012, Fr. Vito and a small group of men and women were invited to become a Public Clerical Association of the Faithful within the Archdiocese of San Francisco after forming a new religious community called the Contemplatives of Saint Joseph (COSJ).  The goal of the COSJ is simple: pray and work!

Since that time, Fr. Vito has served in various active apostolates within the Archdiocese of San Francisco.  Besides having worked in years past as Director of Spiritual Life and involved in the Summer Spirituality Programs at St. Patrick’s Seminary, he has also offered the Divine Liturgy at Our Lady of Fatima Parish.  In addition, he has assisted at Mater Dolorosa Parish, taught in schools and religious education programs, and has offered expansive retreat ministry at parishes and retreat centers.  In addition, he has provided spiritual direction for various men’s and women’s religious communities and diocesan priests.  Fr. Vito also serves as a confessor for the Missionaries of Charity.  His experience includes the ministry of deliverance for those suffering from oppression. In addition, Fr. Vito has taken part in Project Rachel workshops and other pro-life work.  He has also served as a member of the Priest Personnel Board and has provided spiritual direction for various leaders of pastoral ministry programs.



Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from South Dakota State University

Master of Theological Studies from Franciscan School of Theology

Master of Arts in Spirituality from Christendom Graduate School of Theology (Notre Dame Graduate School)

Master of Divinity from St. John XXIII National Seminary

Currently enrolled in a 3-year Seminary Formation Council Certificate Program at St. Vincent De Paul Regional Seminary