Father John Corapi is a Roman Catholic priest of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity order. After a successful young adult life, Corapi developed a drug addiction and had a mental breakdown. He converted to Catholicism while a homeless man in Los Angeles, California.
John Anthony Corapi was born on May 20, 1947, in Hudson, New York. He enrolled at the State University of New York in Albany in 1965, but dropped out within his first year. He served as a clerk in the United States Army from 1967 to 1970. After he was discharged, he returned to school at Pace University, where he received his undergraduate degree from in 1973.
Corapi then moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. He spent five years in the city, working first as an accountant, then as an assistant comptroller and finally an as investigator for the Nevada Gaming Control Board. In 1978, Corapi moved to Los Angeles, where he became a real estate agent.
Corapi had his breakdown in 1981, and lived on the streets of Los Angeles for approximately three years. In 1984, he had a breakthrough conversion experience after going to confession for the first time in many years. He returned home to New York and attended seminary in Connecticut less than two years later.
Pope John Paul II ordained Corapi on May 26, 1991. He was assigned to parishes first in New York and then in Texas. Meanwhile, Corapi became a popular television commentator and televangelist. In 2011, Corapi was accused of having sexual relations with a former co-worker. The woman also claimed that he was still a drug addict. Corapi was placed on administrative leave, but as of 2015, he remains in the priesthood.