V. Rev. James J. Greenfield, OSFS

V. Rev. James J. Greenfield, OSFS

First Profession: 
August 14, 1982

Final Profession: 
September 24, 1988

June 2, 1990

Ministries: Vocation Director; Chaplain, George Washington University; Director of Postulants; Assistant Provincial; Provincial.

Present Ministry:
Provincial-Wilmington, DE, President-DeSales University, Center Valley, PA

Personality by Pixels

What is your favorite church hymn?  O God Our Help in Ages Past and How Firm a Foundation.

What book or film remains meaningful for you?  Why?   Book:  Basilica by R. A. Scotti.  This is a historical novel which treats the construction of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.  It covers the human/divine dynamic that went into the hundreds of years of labor then eventually gives us what is the epicenter of Roman Catholicism.

How do you pray best?  I pray best when I follow a communal/personal routine to simply show up!  Depending on the day, it can be Mass at a parish, sitting in a comfortable spot with coffee, while running, or with my local community.

How do you think Salesian humility can make a difference in the world?   Salesian humility leads to honesty about who we are before God!  Imagine our world permeated by honesty - wow!

As Pope Francis calls all to live the Gospel with joy, what gives you joy as an Oblate?  My joy as an Oblate comes from the many people I interact with on a daily basis:  my confreres, colleagues, folks I meet in parishes, etc.

If a young man were to be inspired by your vocation, what would you hope would inspire him?  Dedication to remaining hopeful (with an optimistic outlook on the church and world) and the courage to let go of my own opinion of the future so the young can inspire our community with their vision.