Seventy Years a Priest: Paulist Fr. James Lloyd

May 1, 2018

paulist-fr-james-lloyd-march-2018This is a historic day for our missionary society!

Seventy years ago today, on May 1, 1948, Paulist Fr. James Lloyd was ordained a priest.

Fr. Lloyd, age 97, is the first Paulist Father to reach a 70th anniversary.

Congratulations to Fr. Lloyd on this tremendous milestone!!

Born in 1921, Fr. Lloyd grew up on Manhattan’s West Side, the son of players on the vaudeville circuit.

As a boy, he attended our mother church, the Church of St. Paul The Apostle (where, yesterday evening, his 70th Anniversary Mass was celebrated).

Fr. Lloyd entered the Paulist novitiate in 1942.

After his ordination in 1948, he spent seven years as a missionary in South Africa.

Fr. Lloyd earned a Ph.D. from New York University’s School of Education (now NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development).

For 20 years, he served at Iona College as a professor and director of the college’s graduate division of pastoral counseling.

From 1958 to 1973, Fr. Lloyd hosted “Inquiry,” a Sunday morning television program on NBC New York. The program featured Fr. Lloyd interviewing authors, public officials and celebrities, including Mother Theresa, Jackie Gleason, William F. Buckley and Florence Henderson.

Today, Fr. Lloyd lives at our motherhouse on West 59th Street in New York City. He continues to hear confessions and provide pro bono counseling.

We pray in thanksgiving to God for Fr. Lloyd’s long life and wonderful ministry! He is an inspiration to us!

 

Paulist Fr. James Lloyd stands in front of the spot where was ordained on May 1, 1948.  Photo taken April 30, 2018, by Matthew McDermott.
Paulist Fr. James Lloyd stands in front of the spot where he was ordained on May 1, 1948. Photo taken April 30, 2018, by Matthew McDermott.


To make a gift in honor of Fr. Lloyd on this special day, please visit our giving portal.


The New York Post covered  Fr. Lloyd’s special anniversary.


See photos from Fr. Lloyd’s wonderful life and ministry at Pinterest.