Mr. James Paterson

Assistant to the Rector


Planned Giving

With St. Lawrence Since

Summer 2013



My Long-term Vision for St. Lawrence Seminary is...

Through the establishment of relationships with the People of God who donate their hard earned money to Saint Lawrence Seminary, I hope to continue the legacy of fostering vocations for many more generations. Fathers Haas and Frey dreamt of establishing a Capuchin, Franciscan community in the United States over one hundred and fifty years ago. With God’s grace they succeeded. Their vision and perseverance amidst unbelievable obstacles became reality. I believe that Capuchin’s continue the saving work of Jesus Christ through the unique ministry of training young men as future leaders for His Church. I pray that my efforts will contribute in some small way to the continuance of Saint Lawrence Seminary for many more generations.

Educational Background

SLS 1971
B.A. Philosophy, minor, Chemistry and Mathematics De Paul University, Chicago, 1976
Graduate courses in biostatistics and epidemiology, University of South Florida – 1980’s
Theology, diaconal studies, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan
Theology, diaconal studies, Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida
Ordained to the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida, October 19, 2013