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 Fr. James Hansen, ordained June 20, 2015, grew up in Franklin Square and was a parishioner of Saint Catherine of Sienna, Franklin Square. He also spent summers in Oakdale on the Great South Bay and considers it “home”.

Fr. James is a graduate of Kellenberg Memorial High School, Uniondale, NY and Manhattan College, NY. He has one brother Kevin and one step-brother Adam.

Fr. James served as a deacon at the North American College with his apostolate at the U.S. Navy base in Naples. “I have lived and studied in Rome for the last four years. It has been a wonderful opportunity to see the Universal Church and be close to the Holy Father. The proximity to both Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis has fostered a true sense of gratitude to God for the gift of the Papacy.”

The priesthood was first presented to Fr. James by his parish pastor, Reverend Monsignor Thomas Groenewold. “I was in high school when he first asked me if I had ever thought about becoming a priest. He has since passed away but he was a wonderful priest who loved the priestly vocation and loved serving the People of God.”

The Marianist Brothers at Kellenberg High School also helped me see the joys that come with following the call of the Lord.” After four years of study in Rome, Fr. James is very much looking forward to once again belonging to a faith community on Long Island. “My time in Rome has helped me to realize just how much I love Long Island and how grateful I am to be part of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.”

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