Paulist Fr. Jamie Baca grew up on his family's cattle ranch in northern New Mexico. He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of San Diego, majoring in Spanish and International Relations. He also studied at New Mexico State University where he received certifications in Elementary and Secondary Education.
Fr. Jamie was a teacher in Las Cruces, NM, Lubbock, TX, and Houston, TX, before entering the Paulist Fathers novitiate in 2000 at age 35. While he was a seminarian, he earned a master's degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
He was ordained a priest on May 20, 2006.
He served as associate pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Knoxville, TN, in 2006 and 2007; as associate pastor of our mother church, the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York City, from 2007 to 2009; and as associate director of the University Catholic Center at the University of Texas at Austin from 2009 to 2016.
In 2016, Fr. Jamie began his current position as associate director of the University Catholic Center at UCLA in Los Angeles.
He enjoys traveling, movies, exercising and watching college sports.
In 2014, this video was created about Fr. Jamie and his life as a Paulist Father: