Fr. James McKarns

Fr. James McKarns

I was raised on a 300-acre dairy farm near Kensington, Ohio. My primary and secondary education was in the public schools. After high school I entered the seminary in Cincinnati and in 1962, was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio. After 20 years of local parish ministry, I was privileged to attend a three-month study and travel program in Rome and Israel. I have been a weekly columnist for our diocesan newspaper and have written books on scripture, homiletics and practical psychology. Since 2000 I traveled extensively, preaching parish missions with Isaiah Ministries and giving other retreats. I live now in Louisville, Ohio.  

I have written for Living Faith since 1993. My hope is that these spiritual devotions will bring blessings and encouragement to those who read them.  


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