Jim has been the director of the Office of Family Ministry for the Diocese of Joliet in Illinois since 1989, although he cut his eyeteeth in family ministry working for the Peoria Diocese Office of Family Life from 1983 to 1989. Jim has been married to Madonna since 1984, and they have four (usually) adult children. They would say they have a (usually) adult father.
Jim has spoken on marriage in over 85 dioceses here and abroad, and his marriage materials are widely used. They include When the Cake is Gone: How to Be Married and Stay Engaged, Living Together and Christian Commitment, Spirituality and Religion in Your Marriage, and, most recently, Making Happiness a Habit: Four Steps to a More Joyful Marriage. Jim has been an advisor to the US Bishops’ Committee on Marriage and the Family, and received the NACFLM Family Ministry Award in 2000.
Jim is currently on the NACFLM Board as the Region VII (Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana) Representative, and he also chairs the NACFLM Scholarship Committee. “God help me, I’ve attended 32 straight NACFLM conferences, and I’m looking forward to my 33rd.”
Jim is grateful that he found family ministry, or that family ministry found him, back when he was still finishing his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. “The teacher teaches what he or she wants to learn, and I’m still learning. Thank God Madonna’s a patient woman!”