Fr. Jim Schifano has died


The Reception of the Body for Fr. Jim Schifano will be at 9:30 a.m and the Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd Chapel at Sacred Heart at Monastery Lake on Friday, September 9. Internment will follow at the community mausoleum. Those attending the funeral are welcome to stay for lunch. 

Fr. Jim Schifano, SCJ, died on August 29. Two weeks earlier he celebrated his 50th anniversary of vows with the Priests of the Sacred Heart.

Originally from Colorado Springs, CO, Fr. Jim is 77, and was ordained in 1975. Before pursuing his vocation, Fr. Jim served in the US Army; he was at the rank of sergeant when he was discharged in 1967.

Fr. Jim did his theological studies at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology and later served at the seminary from 1978-1990. However, his first assignment as a priest as at Divine Heart Seminary in Donaldson, IN.

Besides his many years serving at the seminaries and in the monastery community, Fr. Jim also did pastoral ministry, first at St. Matthew parish in Houston (1977-78). After over 20 years at SHSST, Fr. Jim returned to Houston, where he briefly served at Christ the Redeemer parish (1990-91) and then back at St. Matthew’s for five years.

In 1997, Fr. Jim joined the SCJ community in Mississippi, where he ministered for three years at St. Gregory parish in Senatobia and Sacred Heart parish in Walls. From 2004-07 he served at St. Joseph’s parish in Holly Springs.

Fr. Jim’s final assignment before retirement was with the Sacred Heart Community in Pinellas Park, FL.

Arrangements are pending. Please keep Fr. Jim, his family and local community in your prayers.

Fr. Jim at the (fully masked) January 2022 Election Assembly
Br. Brian and Fr. Jim (R) pose for a quick photo before leaving for a group tour of the Holy Land
Fr. Jim Walters congratulates Fr. Jim Schifano on his 50th jubilee