Fr. Jim is a Catholic priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, and serves as the Director for Catholic Initiatives and Outreach. In his role, Fr. Jim seeks to deepen the links between the London Global Gateway to the local church, the Archdiocese of Westminster, the Diocese of Southwark, local parishes and nonprofits, and Catholic and other educational institutions. He facilitates local, regional, and international conferences, lectures, and symposia on Catholic thought, history, culture, and social teachings. With a concurrent faculty appointment, each semester Fr. Jim teaches an undergraduate psychology course entitled "Identity & Moral Development." Additionally, he serves as a pastoral presence in Conway Hall, the Notre Dame student residence in London, and offers sacramental and pastoral care at both Conway and Fischer Halls, where he presides at 3-4 Masses each week.
Prior to his current position, Fr. Jim served as VP for Mission at Stonehill College, an institution of the Congregation of Holy Cross, near Boston, where he was also an Associate Professor in the department of psychology. Previously, he served as the Executive Director of the Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture at the University of Portland and was an Associate Professor in the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences. His interests are in the areas of identity, moral reasoning, adolescent thriving, and social justice research. He is particularly interested in the study of religiosity, spirituality, and service learning as predictors of moral development.