Rev. James J. Greenfield, OSFS
August 14, 1982
September 24, 1988
June 2, 1990
Chaplain, George Washington University
Director of Postulants
President - De Sales University, Center Valley, PA
Where did you first encounter the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales?
I grew up in Philadelphia and met my first Oblate while a grade school student at Our Lady of Ransom parish.
What experience of the Oblates led you to join the community?
I always thought the Oblates were joy-filled, up-beat, humorous, and faithful men - most of all, they were down-to-earth.
In your experience, what makes the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales distinct?
The fact we are a small group of religious men makes us distinct in our approach to community life. We all care deeply for one another and celebrate one another in the public eye.
In ten words of fewer, how would you sum up Salesian spirituality?
An hour by hour focus on God’s presence in my life.
Why should someone consider becoming an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales today?
The secular society we live on needs everyday mystics and our Salesian spirituality is well-poised to address it.
Who is your favorite historical figure? Why do you admire him/her?
Martin Luther King is one of my favorite figures of history. He was a deeply religious man who was anxious about a lot of things yet he never lost his convictions. Our church today needs someone(s) of his stature and conviction.
What are some of your interests/hobbies?
I am enjoying poetry and sharing it with colleagues, walking and running, hanging out with nieces and nephews, reading about higher education today.