Father James Schifano was born on April 19, 1945 and was 77 years old. He took his first vows on August 15, 1972 and was ordained priest on November 15, 1975.
He was currently living in United States of America. He belonged to the Province USA.
Into your hands I commit my very life. (Ps 31:5)
Fr. Jim Schifano, SCJ, has died. It was only two weeks ago that he celebrated his 50th anniversary of vows with the Priests of the Sacred Heart.
Originally from Colorado Springs, CO, Fr. Jim is 77, and was ordained in 1975. Before pursuing his vocation, Fr. Jim served in the US Army; he was at the rank of sergeant when he was discharged in 1967.
Fr. Jim did his theological studies at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology and later served at the seminary from 1978-1990. However, his first assignment as a priest as at Divine Heart Seminary in Donaldson, IN.
Besides his many years serving at the seminaries and in the monastery community, Fr. Jim also did pastoral ministry, first at St. Matthew parish in Houston (1977-78). After over 20 years at SHSST, Fr. Jim returned to Houston, where he briefly served at Christ the Redeemer parish (1990-91) and then back at St. Matthew’s for five years.
In 1997, Fr. Jim joined the SCJ community in Mississippi, where he ministered for three years at St. Gregory parish in Senatobia and Sacred Heart parish in Walls. From 2004-07 he served at St. Joseph’s parish in Holly Springs.
Fr. Jim’s final assignment before retirement was with the Sacred Heart Community in Pinellas Park, FL.