Rev. James J. MacNew, OSFS

Rev. James J. MacNew, OSFS

First Profession:
August 18, 1970

Final Profession:
September 2, 1977 

June 14, 1980

Military Chaplain, US Navy; Renew International; Campus Minister, Holy Family University

Present Ministry:
Campus Minister – Holy Family University – Philadelphia, PA

Personality by Pixels

What living person most reflects the joy of the Gospel for you?
Pope Francis.

Pope Francis is a Jesuit who chose the name of St. Francis of Assisi.  Some have said he pastorally resembles St. Francis de Sales. What is Salesian about Pope Francis?
His loving embrace of all and his hunger to include all which is so beautifully expressed in his outreach and pastoral flexibility to the marginalized.

What is your favorite dimension of being an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales?
The loving conviviality and true pastoral kindness which we Oblates share and the very humbling privilege of sharing the optimism, love and never ending encouragement of the Salesian tradition with others.

How do you think Salesian gentleness can make a difference in the world?
In every moment!  Particularly in the face of harsh or “juridical” treatment.  The power of gentleness is redemptive!!

What is the most recent book you read?  Would you recommend it?
The Seventh Sense.  A must read!  As Salesian ministers we must, for the church, become citizens and masters in cyberspace.  The future is here!

Name an Oblate who taught you an important lesson that has remained with you.  What did he teach you?
John Mokluk taught me both moral courage “in the pit” and, more importantly, he taught me to pray deeply!

What advice could you give to a young person interested in religious life?
Pray, discern, ask questions of the communities you are considering and strive to find the right support group for you to live among.

How do you think religious life serves the church and world in a way that is unique from our brothers and sisters who are single, married, or diocesan priests?
My prayer is that we bring a deeper joy, a unique intensity and that we, see, hear, speak, and take action in Christ drawing upon the graces from our roots in our evangelical counsels (vows).