My name is James Timothy Livingston but most of the time I go by “Fr. Jim.” My grandparents’ last names were McClintock, Magnani, Miller and Livingston. They were “Scotch-Irish,” Italian and “Pennsylvania Dutch.”
An interesting fact about me is that I was born on the feast day of the Miraculous Medal (November 27) and I was baptized on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (December 8). I believe that Mother Mary has had her eye on me from the beginning.
I asked Jesus to save me when I was 25 years old. That was when I began to repent and believe as a way of life. I began to seek a life of prayer and integrity and my life began to change. That was when I became an intentional disciple of Jesus Christ as a practicing Catholic.
I was ordained to the priesthood in 1990 at the age of 32. Up until now (2016) I’ve been in parish ministry and hospital ministry roughly 13 years each. I’ve had a lot of experience in various kinds of retreat ministries and I’ve been shaped by both Carmelite and charismatic spirituality.
I experience a lot of delight in reading and studying Sacred Scripture and in celebrating the Eucharist here at the Church of Saint Paul. When I have free time I like being out of doors and I especially like to go fly-fishing.
I don’t know how else to say it, but I feel that St. Paul’s is where I truly belong. I feel at home here like nowhere else. I am so very grateful to the pastors and parishioners here at the Church of Saint Paul for how they have allowed God’s Holy Spirit to bless and guide them and make this parish such a blessing to so many. I hope to continue the strong tradition here of dedication to God’s Word, joyful and reverent celebration of the sacraments, generous stewardship, intentional discipleship, and fellowship opportunities for all ages.
If God lets me, I hope to remain with you for a long, long time. Let’s pray for each other always.