Staff Member: Fr. Jim Ackerman S.J.
Fr. Jim Ackerman S.J.
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Fr. Jim Ackerman has been missioned as an Associate Pastor to St. Xavier Church starting on July 1, 2020. He is looking forward to serving the spiritual needs of this great parish. His father attended St. Xavier High School when it was downtown. The oldest of three boys, Father Ackerman grew up in Anderson Township as member of Guardian Angels Parish. He graduated from McNicholas and the University of Cincinnati then joined the Jesuits in 1998 after an eleven year career with Delta and Northwest airlines. In fact, his first Mass as a newly ordained priest was celebrated right here at St. Xavier Church in 2010. Since becoming a Jesuit, Fr. Jim has taught high school for seven years, served as director of campus ministry, and done a plethora of projects in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Zambia. He especially loved his time studying theology at the Jesuit graduate school in Berkeley, California. Fr. Jim had served at the Gesu Jesuit parish in Cleveland, and most recently he has served as Associate Pastor at St. Jude and St. Aloysius churches in Bridgetown. He boasts the great honor to have lived on the east and west sides of Cincy! He is happy to now land in this ministry downtown at St. Xavier Church. Fr. Jim says, “I am blessed with the chance to work and serve the folks here in this fine city, and I pray that the Lord gives me the graces to serve you well. May God bless us all.”