I am the Pastor Emeritus at St. James. I’ve been with the parish since 1990– seven years as an associate and 17 years as Pastor. Being Pastor Emeritus is sort of like being a grandfather in a really large family. I get to enjoy all the parishioners and their lives, but I don’t have responsibility for anything related to their lives as parishioners. It’s great!
These days, I have plenty of opportunities to see people and spend time in prayer and reflection, reading and writing. In fact, I spend a lot of time praying to the Holy Spirit for guidance and direction, and what I should be doing and saying every day.
I went to St. Bartholomew grade school in Waukegan. From there I attended Quigley Seminary for high school, Niles College for 2 years and then on to Mundelein Seminary for 6 years. I am what is known as a lifer since I entered the seminary in high school.
My favorite scripture is Phillipians 4:13. “In Him who is my strength I have strength for everything!” It has been a real privilege to pastor this great parish for 17 years. I’m truly grateful for all the wonderful people I’ve met and continue to see in my new role. God is good. All the time!