Deacon James O'Rourke
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Most of Deacon Jim’s long career has been in health care. Jim is a respiratory therapist and has held many positions in hospitals and long-term care. He worked for Public Health in Albany County, NY in various roles and was a market development specialist for a major pharmaceutical company. “I have not only the three best adult children possible, but, the cutest and smartest granddaughter that God has ever created. My call to serve God’s people came in the mid 1990’s and it was eventually suggested that I consider diaconate and/or priesthood. So, I discerned both. Certain life circumstances made priesthood a difficulty and so I followed the call to the diaconate. But I just could not turn off the call to serve as a priest. Eventually my life and Our Lord got on the same page and here I am in this wonderful institution. God is Good, All the time!”