Dec 7, 2020
Welcome to Episode 85, in this episode I have the honor of interviewing the Right Reverend Bishop, Friar James Michael St. George, also known as Father or Friar Jim.
Friar Jim, serves as a Bishop within the Old Catholic Churches International and is the Bishop of the Diocese of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (which includes Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and part of New York) and serves as Pastor of Saint Miriam Pro-Cathedral Parish, and is a professed Franciscan.
He was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania and graduated from college and became a licensed Funeral Director and returned to help run the family funeral home before going back to college to attend formal seminary in Washington, DC. In addition to his prior funeral and business professional experience, his career has allowed him to serve as a youth pastor, nursing home and hospice chaplain, and as a Certified Trauma Chaplain focusing primarily on trauma and triage emergency services. Friar Jim served as a Trauma/Triage Chaplain at Lehigh Valley Hospital, a nationally recognized trauma and medical center in Allentown for over six years.
In addition to his serving as Pastor at Saint Miriam Parish, Friar Jim is an Adjunct Professor and Instructor at two Philadelphia area universities teaching in the areas of Ethics, World Religions, Philosophy, Introduction to the Bible, Religion, and Culture, Catholic Theology and Urban Studies and Justice. Friar Jim serves now, or has previously served, on the Adjunct Staff for Community College of Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, University of Phoenix, and has lectured at The University of Pennsylvania and various churches and inter-faith groups in the Philadelphia region.
Friar Jim is an alum of Gannon University, Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, Howard University, Howard University School of Divinity, and completed additional course study and received certifications at Virginia Theological Seminary, Catholic University, St. Louis University, Canterbury Cathedral International Studies Centre, the Benedictine Abbaye Notre-Dame du Bec in Normandy France, Sibley Hospital in Washington, DC, Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, PA, and Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, with a Residency in Clinical Pastoral Education.