Fr. Justin McCreedy, O.S.B. has been a member of St. Martin's Abbey since 1963. He has served as an educator teaching high school and college (1969 - 76), a parish priest (1976 - 82 and 2004 - present) and a hospital chaplain (1982 - present). Oldest of three children in an Air Force family with parents from home states of Illinois and Montana, Fr. Justin came to St. Martin's for his college education in 1961 from Clover Park High School in Lakewood and Ramey High School in Puerto Rico.
From 1957-62 Fr. Justin was active as a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol at Ramey A.F.B. in Puerto Rico and McChord A.F.B., and from 1971-1976 as a chaplain for the Olympia Composite Squadron. He has lived overseas in Japan (1952-1953) as well as Puerto Rico (1956-1959). During his time in Puerto Rico he acquired a proficiency in Spanish that serves him regularly in his ministerial duties. Throughout life Fr. Justin has maintained and shared a broad variety of interests as may be of benefit to others, especially in matters spiritual.
His sister Paula is an occupational therapist in New York City and retired clinical professor from New York University, and a graduate of the University of Puget Sound. She continues in private practice working with disabled children and as a consultant for the New York public schools in Queens. His mother was an educator specializing in reading development with a graduate degree from Pacific Lutheran University. She worked with children who had difficulties with reading comprehension at Lakes High School in Lakewood. His brother gave his life on active duty in service to his country, and his father also died of Service connected illness caused by radiation exposure.