We welcomed Sister Lori as our Pastoral Administrator on August 1, 2016!
Sister Lori is a Sister of St. Mary of Namur. She grew up in Tonawanda and attended St. Christopher grade school, Mt. St. Mary Academy and the University of Buffalo prior to entering her religious community. Ministerially, she has split her time between teaching and parish work. She has taught in high schools and grade schools in the Diocese of Buffalo and in South Carolina.
As a Sister of St. Mary, Sister Lori has had the opportunity to live with her Sisters in Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Dominican Republic.
She was previously the Pastoral Associate for Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Orchard Park, and she has also served on the parish staff of St. Joseph University Parish, Queen of Heaven Parish and Annunciation Parish in Elma.
She is most pleased to join with the parishioners of St. George Parish on this new adventure in shared Church leadership!
Monsignor James E. Wall, who much prefers to be called simply Father Jim, has been a priest of the Diocese of Buffalo for 53 years. He served in Puerto Rico and in Bolivia, South America as a member of the first missionary band from the diocese. Upon his return he served in various parishes as parochial vicar.
His first assignment as pastor was to St. Joseph Parish in Fredonia. He was then assigned as pastor to SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Jamestown. After that he was appointed Director of the St. Columban Retreat Center in Derby. He spent 17 years in that position and while he was there he was also named Vicar for Priests for the Diocese and Co-Director of the Continuing Formation Committee for Priests.
Father retired in 2012, but has taken a number of temporary assignments as administrator of parishes since then. He continues to do spiritual direction for priests, deacons, deacon candidates, seminarians and laity at Christ the King Seminary where he resides.
He is happy to be Sacramental Minister here at St. George, celebrating Masses, weddings, funerals and baptisms, as well as hearing confessions and celebrating the sacrament of the sick to those in need.