Staff Member: Fr. James Yeakel, OSFS
Fr. James Yeakel, OSFS
Father Jim was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was first professed as an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales in 1968. He attended De Sales University in Center Valley, PA earning a BA in History in 1974. Father Yeakel completed his major seminary formation at De Sales School of Theology, Washington, DC, with a MA in Theology in 1978. After completing an MSW degree at Catholic University of America in 1980, he earned a Doctorate in Clinical Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University 1997. He is licensed as a clinical social worker in both Maryland and New York. He is also a board certified chaplain with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.
In May of 1979, Father Yeakel was ordained a priest at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, PA. As an Oblate priest Fr. Yeakel served in a variety of ministry settings. He served his Oblate community in various internal ministry positions over the years. He taught at the high school in Philadelphia and at graduate schools in the Washington, DC area. He is a member of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, served several terms as a certification commission member and one term as the commission’s chair. He was Pastoral Care Director at St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, VA and again at St. Vincent Hospital in Harrison, NY. As a licensed therapist, he served on the staff of St. Luke Institute, Silver Spring, MD and St. Vincent Hospital, Harrison, NY. His previous parish work includes both part time and full time associate experience.