Rev. James P. Byrne, OSFS
September 13, 1951
September 13, 1954
May 31, 1960
Faculty: Salesianum School, Father Judge High School
Director: Casa de Sales, Wilmington, DE, Residencia de Nuestra Señora de la Luz, Salamanca, Spain
Migrant Ministry: Diocese of Wilmington
Missionary: Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Parochial Vicar: St. Mary, Goldsboro, NC, St. Joachim, Philadelphia
Hispanic Ministry Team: Diocese of Raliegh, NC
Pastor: St. Francis de Sales, Robesonia, PA, Sacred Heart, Whiteville, NC
Senior Priest: Immaculate Heart of Mary.
What is your present ministry?
Retired – De Sales Residence – Annecy Hall – Childs, MD
How did you know you were called to your vocation?
I wanted to be a priest since I was five.
Who had the greatest influence on you becoming an Oblate and why?
Fr. Nick Koelzer, OSFS, taught me when I was a junior and senior at Northeast Catholic.
What do you feel has been the greatest blessing in your life?
Time spent in Brazil and being the Apostolic Visitor of the Visitation in the Cono Sur Region of South America.
What do you find most inspiring about our Catholic social teaching?
Constant outreach to the poor and needy.
What captures your heart or imagination about the life of Jesus?
Loving, caring, forgiving, and non-judgemental.
How do you feel the Holy Spirit moving in the Church today?
Election of Pope Francis- change in the air.
What is your favorite Bible story or passage?
Teaching on Discipleship in Mark (8:23-10:52) and all of Exodus.
What is one skill you wish you had?
Ability to read and speak Hebrew.