The Golden Jubilee of Fr. James Buckley, FSSP

Fr. James Buckley's Golden Jubilee of being Ordained a Priest

Priests and seminarians of the Fraternity from all around the North American District recently gathered together for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and a celebration at Our Lady of Guadalupe seminary in order to show their thanks and appreciation for Father James Buckley, FSSP, on the Golden Jubilee of his ordination as a priest.

Fr. Buckley is the longtime Spiritual Director for Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, a professor of apologetics, Catholic and English literature, homiletics, and pedagogy; a retreat master, and an expert teaching on the Catholic Faith over the past 50 years.

As a young man, Father felt drawn to the priesthood at an early age, and joined a minor seminary of the Salvatorians at the age of 13. After high school he continued on with his studies with the Salvatorians, being Ordained in 1965. Most of his priesthood was spent teaching and in parish assignments both in the United States and in Africa.

Father always had a preference for the Traditional Latin Mass, but until the late 1980s did not have a reliable path to pursue his desire to resist all the myriad of changes that had occurred in the Church.  The Fraternity emerged to offer that path, and at the invitation of Fr. Michael Irwin, FSSP, he joined the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter in 1992.

Since that time, Father has enjoyed the best of both worlds, continuing to teach, while being able to practice the traditional Catholic life as a member of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary staff. Enjoy images of the day.


April 23, 2015