Very Reverend James Swift, C.M.
I am a proud native of Kansas, born and raised in Wichita where I attended Catholic grade school and high school and first thought of priesthood. College saw me head off to the seminary in Denver, CO., to study for the Diocese of Wichita. It was there that the Lord gently directed me to join the Vincentians (Congregation of the Mission) who were our teachers and formators. I wanted to join them in order to spend my priesthood the way they spent theirs, namely, working in seminaries to help prepare men for the priesthood.
And God has blessed me in letting me do just that! After novitiate and theology studies, I was ordained in 1978 and assigned to the seminary in St. Louis, MO., where I have spent most of my priestly ministry teaching, serving as spiritual director, formation director, and worship director, and holding administrative responsibilities. Besides Masters degrees in both sacramental and liturgical theology, I earned a license and doctorate in dogmatic theology in Rome where I came to a deeper love for the universal Church and for fine pasta too!
Along the way laid out for me by God, I have been privileged to serve as Provincial Superior of my Vincentian Community in the Midwest and Kenya, direct the permanent diaconate formation program in St. Louis, assist the pastor of an Eastern Rite church in St. Louis for many years, serve on the board of our Vincentian DePaul University in Chicago, and chair the papal Mass committee for the visit of Pope St. John Paul II in 1999. In the year prior to coming to Holy Trinity Seminary, I was busy leading parish missions in the Midwest while also offering sacramental and spiritual ministry to diocesan priests serving in rural dioceses.
The priesthood means everything to me, and I could not be happier to be able to serve the priesthood of Jesus Christ through my assignment to Holy Trinity Seminary.
Favorite Quote or Bible Verse
“Whom else have I in the heavens but you?” – Psalm 73:25