Fr Howard James

I am Fr Howard M James, the new Parish Priest of Our Lady and St Catherine’s Bow.

I was born in London and raised in Jamaica. I attended Primary School at Essex Hall St Andrew. My Secondary education was at St Mary’s College. Above Rocks St Catherine. I studied at EXED Community College, in the Teacher Education Department. I returned to London in the 80’s. I worked as a travel agent for a few months. I then worked for British Telecom/ BT in Sales and Marketing. I was accepted to study for the priesthood at the Westminster Diocesan Seminary at Allen Hall Chelsea from 1985 – 1990. While there I took a degree in Sociology and Theology at The Roehampton Institute, an affiliate College of the University of Surrey. I studied at the Catholic University of Belgium, for one year. I was ordained deacon in February 1990 by Bishop Reece, the Bishop of St John’s Basseterre, Antigua. He was my spiritual father and mentor since my teenage years. It was an honour to be ordained by him. I was ordained to the priesthood on November 16th 1991 by Cardinal Hume. That was a great honour. He was someone that I admired and great affection for. After my ordination to the diaconate I was assigned to Our Lady and St Joseph Church Dalston. I remained there for three years after my priestly ordination. My next appointment was at the Catholic Missionary Society. I represented the Diocese of Westminster for 3 years. My next appointment was 2 years in the Diocese of Montego Bay Jamaica. I was assigned to Our Lady of FATIMA Ocho Rios and Sacred Heart Concord. My next appointment was: Our Lady of Willesden, Harlesden, as Parish Priest. I was there for three years. My next appointment was as Administrator The Cathedral of The Holy Family in the Diocese of St John’s Basseterre in Antigua. I was made the Priest in charge of Our Lady of the Holy Souls, Kensal New Town then St Thomas More Eastcote before being appointed as Parish Priest of St John the Evangelist Islington. Presently I am appointed the Parish Priest of Our Lady and St Catherine of Siena, Bow. I have a varied experience of the Church in London/ U.K. and the Caribbean.

I look forward with humility and honour to serving the people of Bow!