Fr. James Greenfield, OSFS
Title: “Joyful, Upbeat, Deeply Optimistic: Salesian Spirituality for the Journey”
Summary: The spirit of St. Francis de Sales has been described as one imbued with inspired common sense. Learning to connect head and heart, live in the midst of busyness and distractions, and cultivating the little virtues of humility, gentleness and simplicity will be explored in the presentation.
Bio: Rev. James J. Greenfield, OSFS, became the fourth president of DeSales University on January 1, 2018. He is the first alumnus of the University to serve as president.
Previously, Fr. Greenfield was the provincial of the eastern province of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. He led 145 priests and brothers who serve along the east coast in a variety of ministry settings. While provincial, was elected to a three-year term by the leaders of religious communities of men in the United States to serve as president of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, representing the nation’s 17,000 priests and brothers who are members of religious orders.
Prior to becoming president at DeSales University, he was an adjunct lecturer at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., The Catholic University of America, and the former Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C., where he taught required courses in human development. Fr. Greenfield serves on boards at Father Judge High School and Cristo Rey High School in Philadelphia, the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network in Allentown, the Boy Scouts of America and the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation in the Allentown-Bethlehem community.
Fr. Greenfield earned his bachelor’s degree in politics (1984) at DeSales University, a master of divinity degree (1990) at the DeSales School of Theology, a master’s degree in counseling (1992) and a doctoral degree in human development (1998) at The George Washington University. He is also a certified pastoral counselor and author of a number of articles on religious life, life-long faith formation and the intersection of spirituality and human development.
Mini-Retreat: dinner at 6 pm, presentation 7-9 pm. In-person participation is $35, and you will need to bring your vaccination card for this mini-retreat. Virtual participation is $20.
For more information: 610-258-3053, x34.
3918 Chipman Road, Easton, PA. 18045