Carmelite Events

New Chaplain for St. Teresa's Motherhouse

Sister Helena - Saturday, May 12, 2018

Father James Hess, O.Carm.


Father James Hess was born in Syracuse, New York on July 4, 1948. He entered the Carmelite Junior Seminary in Middletown, New York in 1963 before beginning the religious and priestly formation program in the Saint Elias Province of Carmelites. On September 7, 1974, Father professed Solemn Vows and was ordained to the priesthood on May 29, 1976 in Middletown, New York.  Father studied Theology at the Washington Theological Union and has a B.A in Education from the University of Maryland.  Father Jim has serviced the church as:

-a parish priest (Our Lady of the Scapular - 28th Street, Saint Simon Stock - Bronx, Our Lady of Mount Carmel - Middletown, Our Lady of the Assumption - Bloomingburg, St. Thomas Aquinas - Brooklyn and St. Stephen's - North Huntington)

-campus minister (Pope John Paul II High School - Boca Raton and George Washington University - Washington, DC)

-hermit (Mt. Carmel - Bolivar)

-retreat director and

-seminary instructor in Christian Spirituality ( Byzantine Catholic Seminary - Pittsburgh).

In the St. Elias Province, he served on the Provincial Council for six years, under Sean Cardinal O'Malley, he serviced as Episcopal Vicar for Youth in the Diocese of Palm Beach, he has tri-ritual faculties to celebrate the Roman, Byzantine and Maronite Liturgies. He also is a VIRTUS facilitator.

In June 2016, Father James was transferred to St. Albert's Priory Carmelite Community in Middletown, New York. He assisted at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. John's in Goshen, as well as, doing retreat work throughout the United States.

On May 1, 2018, the Carmelite Sisters at Saint Teresa's Motherhouse in Germantown, NY welcomed Father Jim, as their new Chaplain.



JOHN OCONNOR commented on 16-May-2018 01:21 PM
Fr.. Jim Hess will be sadly missed at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown, NY. I moved to Middletown in 1973 and have attended mass at the shrine for the past 45 years. Fr. Jim's masses are always deeply spiritual, and his homilies are always excellent, and enriched by his own personal experiences. My wife, Lucy and I, send our highest regards to Fr. Jim, and express our highest gratitude to him for all the beautiful masses. Thank you, Fr. Jim.

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