Dear Brothers & Sisters,
Following last week’s announcement, Fr Howard James, the new parish priest of Our Lady and St Catherine’s has sent the following message:
I am Fr Howard James.
The Cardinal has asked me to succeed Fr Javier Ruiz Ortiz at Our Lady and St Catherine of Sienna. I am very honoured.
I am presently serving in Jamaica and I have been here for the last seven years, serving in two Parishes.
I am London born, of Jamaican parents. I was raised in Jamaica where I attended primary and secondary school and College.
I returned to London where I worked in a Travel Agency and then BT.
I attended Allen Hall, the Westminster Diocesan Seminary. I spent one year at the American College in Louvain, Belgium and did my post graduate degree at the KU Leuven, Belgium.
I was ordained by Cardinal Hume in 1991 at Westminster Cathedral.
I have served in the Diocese of Westminster, the Catholic Missionary Society, the Diocese of St John’s Basseterre, Antigua and two assignments in Jamaica.
After my retreat in September I will be joining you as your Parish Priest. I am looking forward to serving and working with you.
I ask for your prayers and assure you that you are all in mine. God’s blessings.
Fr Howard M James