A mass of thanksgiving celebrating Monsignor Moore’s Golden Anniversary of his Ordination to the priesthood was celebrated on May 21, 2017 at the Annunciation-Our Lady of Fatima Parish. Parishioners, family and friends welcomed Monsignor Moore back to Annunciation – Our Lady of Fatima, where he was the pastor for more than 13 years, and shared in the special mass of thanksgiving and reception afterwards.
Monsignor James R. Moore grew up in Our Lady of Refuge Parish in the Bronx, attended All Hallows High School and Iona College, completed his priestly formation at St. Joseph’s Seminary, and was ordained on May 27th, 1967 by His Eminence Terrance Cardinal Cooke. During his early priesthood he held many jobs in the Archdiocese of NY including Procurator of St. Joseph’s Seminary, Director of Data Processing, teacher at Archbishop Stepinac High School White Plains, Served on the Board of Trustees of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Board Member of Iona Prep, Director of Archdiocesan Cemeteries, and served as Secretary to His Eminence John Cardinal O’Connor.
In 1989, when then Fr. Moore was installed as Pastor of Annunciation, John Cardinal O’Connor told us, “I’m giving you one of my own; accept him as your own. He has no family; he will embrace you as his family and you will embrace him as your spiritual leader.” As the Cardinal predicted, rather insisted, the Parish took to Fr. Jim and he to the Parish; he lovingly served Annunciation from July 1989-July 2003, more than 13 years, the longest Pastorship since Monsignor Dugan.
In July 2003, His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan assigned him to be Pastor at St. Joseph Church in Somers where he has served through the present day. He has overseen the construction of a magnificent new church for the parishioners of St. Joseph.
Throughout his priesthood, he has built and strengthened God’s church in NY. As he approaches retirement, he leaves behind a legacy of great accomplishments … and a legion of devoted well-wishers!