Our brother James Villa of Siena Friary celebrated his 50 th anniversary of priesthood on Sunday, 26 May 2019 at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in West Harrison, Westchester County, NY. Mass was concelebrated by several friars (including his “ole” Scripture professor, Armand Padula) and diocesan priests assisted by a number of deacons whom James taught, and accompanied by the parish choir and fine instrumental music. The homilist was writer-poet Murray Bodo OFM of St. John the Baptist Province. Mass was followed by a gaudeamus in the parish hall and, later, by a dinner at Mulino Restaurant, White Plains, NY.

James Villa is local minister and procurator of Siena Friary, Mount Vernon, NY. He currently serves several parishes in Westchester and is professor in the Permanent Diaconate Program of the Archdiocese of NY at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY.