Father James Vick
Thank you father Jim!
Father Jim will be celebrating his final Masses as Pastor at OLPH this Sunday, September 27. Father will be celebrating at the 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM Mass. Please join us for a special celebration.
Please consider making an offertory gift to OLPH in honor of Fr. Jim!
Gifts can be made online BY CLICKING HERE, or use our regular offertory envelopes and state “in honor of Fr. Jim” in the memo.
Father Jim's tenure
During his two terms as Head Pastor at OLPH, Fr. Jim has had many accomplishments. At the announcement of his departure, OLPH would like to recognize those.
Fr. Jim oversaw the Home Capital Campaign which led to significant improvements around the parish, including the complete renovation of the Parish Life Center, not only cosmetically but including infrastructure. A complete new air and heating system, not only for the PLC itself, but for the Kindergarten and the parish offices as well, was installed with the funds raised during that campaign.
The Home Campaign also raised funds for the repaving of the area along the south side of the junior high building and the gymnasium, not only improving safety and appearance but helping to improve drainage along the south side of the property. Maybe most importantly, the Campaign raised funds to help with the tuition assistance needs of a significant number of students in our school, while contributing on the diocesan level to the priest's retirement fund and other important initiatives across the diocese.
Father Jim has been involved during his time here in Chattanooga with the Catholic Charities of East Tennessee Community Council, focusing his efforts to help the most vulnerable in our community, especially those residents of the Home Place.
He was for many years the Coordinator of Hispanic Ministry for the Chattanooga Deanery and was instrumental in improving support and services for Hispanic immigrants in our area.
He was a member for many years of the Ryan White HIV / AIDS organization which helped bring awareness to the significant health problems - physical, mental and emotional - of HIV / AIDS.
His compassion and willingness to visit the sick and the dying, as well as to attend to his regular ministerial duties no matter the time of day or night, are beautiful examples for any person wishing to enter religious life.
His Bible study classes, which he has conducted for many years here at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, have helped to many parishioners and others around the Chattanooga Deanery develop a deeper understanding of the history of the Biblical Literature.
He has served on the CHI Memorial Foundation Board.
He is serving on the Diocesan Presbyteral Council. The Council helps the Bishop and the Diocesan Chancellor with decision-making that affects the entire diocese.
He is serving on St. Mary's Legacy Board in Knoxville, responsible awarding grants to various Parishes for help in ministries.
He is serving on the Pope Francis Charitable Trust Fund Board.
He has guided OLPH through the COVID -19 pandemic with compassion, wisdom and resolve to keep the Parishioners, Staff and Students safe!