Right Rev. James St. George OSFocChancellor of the OCCI/Bishop Ordinary Diocese of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
Born: Erie, Pennsylvania
Pets: One Golden Retriever
Ordained to the Priesthood: 2007
- Gannon University
- Howard University
- Howard School of Divinity
- Virginia Theological Seminary
- Notre Dame University
- Canterbury Cathedral
- Albert Einstein Medical Center
- Pastor Of Saint Miriam Parish, 2007
- Rector, Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, 2010
- Vicar General of the Diocese, 2011
Monsignor Jim was appointed at Pastor of Saint Miriam in 2007 and also serves as Vicar General of the Diocese. The Vicar General is the highest official in the Diocese apart from the Bishop and serves as the Bishop’s senior agent in administration for diocesan executive matters. He has served in the past as Rector of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary until Winter of 2012.
“Father Jim” (as he affectionately continues to be called) was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania, the son of Alton and Ruth St George. He has one sister, Andrea, who lives in their hometown with her husband, Glenn, and two children, Matthew and Stephen. Father graduated from college and became a licensed Funeral Director before returning back to attend Seminary in Washington, DC. In addition to his prior funeral and business professional experience, Father Jim’s career has allowed him to serve as a youth pastor, nursing home and hospice chaplain, and as a Trauma Chaplain covering primarily trauma and triage. Father Jim served as a Trauma/Triage Chaplain at nationally recognized trauma and medical center in Allentown, Lehigh Valley Hospital for six years.
In addition to his being Pastor at Saint Miriam, Father serves as a Staff Chaplain at Cathedral Village. Father is an Adjunct Professor and Instructor at two major Philadelphia universities teaching Ethics, World Religions, and Philosophy, Introduction to Bible, Survey of the Old Testament, Religion and Culture, Catholic Theology, Urban Studies and Justice. Father Jim was formally on the Adjunct Staff for Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia and has lectured at The University of Pennsylvania and various churches and inter-faith groups in the Philadelphia region.
Father Jim is an alum of Gannon University, Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, Howard University, Howard University School of Divinity, and also completed additional course training at Virginia Theological Seminary, Notre Dame University, Canterbury Cathedral, and Sibley Hospital and Albert Einstein Medical Center, in Residency within Clinical Pastoral Education. Prior to attending seminary, he was also certified as an eye enucleationist and has worked extensively with transplant patients, living donors, and their families.
Father Jim was ordained as Deacon in 2006 in St. Mary Magdele Church, and as a Priest in May of 2007 in Washington, DC. Father was appointed to the Curia of the Diocese in March 2010.
Father Jim is a full member of the American Academy of Experts of Traumatic Stress, where he is Board Certified in Trauma Chaplaincy and as an Expert in Traumatic Stress. He also has been awarded the designation of Diplomate, in the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. He is also listed in The National Registry, The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and the National Center for Crisis Management and is a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains. He is listed in the top 5% of all wedding officiants nationally.
Father resides in Philadelphia.