April 24, 2017
Paulist Fr. James Robert McCauley, passed into eternal life on Sunday, April 23, 2017, in Los Angeles, after a long struggle with kidney disease. He was 72. Fr. Jim was born January 30, 1945, in Corpus Cristi, TX, to James and June McCauley, the first of 11 children. He grew up in Burbank, CA, and graduated from Burbank High School in 1963. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA in 1967.
He was ordained a priest on May 4, 1974. His priesthood began with single years as a Catholic campus minister at West Virginia University and then at Boston University. From 1976 to 1983, Fr. Jim was a campus minister at the University Catholic Center at UCLA, serving as director of the center from 1979 to 1983. From 1983 to 1994, he continued his work in campus ministry, for four years at the University of California at Santa Barbara and seven years at West Virginia University. From 1994 to 1997 and again from 1998 to 2000, Fr. Jim served as our director of novices, first at the Mt. Paul Novitiate in New Jersey and then at St. Paul’s College in Washington, D.C. Fr. Jim became pastor of St. Cyril Church in Tucson, AZ, in 2000, as well as superior of the Paulist Fathers in that city, serving through 2004.
From 2004 to 2010, he was associate pastor of St. Peter’s Catholic Church – Toronto. From 2010 to 2013, he was associate pastor of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Portland. Fr. Jim entered senior ministry in 2013, living at Old St Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco and then at Nazareth House in Los Angeles.He was preceded in death by his mother and brothers Tim, Tyler and Paul, as well as infant sister, Cara Lisa.
In addition to his brother Paulist Fathers, Fr. Jim is survived by his father, James; sisters Nickalee (Joe) Jung, Molly (Tim) Langley, Colleen (Rick) Britz, Melinda (Lee) Gwyn, Amy (Mike) Elle, and brother, Peter (Vanessa) McCauley; sisters-in-law Pat McCauley and Joan McCauley; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A tribute written by Fr. Jim’s family states, “He will be remembered for his devotion to his faith, his priesthood, the Paulists, and his family; his curiosity and enthusiasm for science and gadgets; as well as his courage and grace dealing with the many health challenges he faced throughout his life.”
Fr. Jim’s funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 3, at St. Julie Billiart Church, 2475 Borchard Rd, Newbury Park, CA, followed by burial at Carpinteria Public Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Paulist Fathers.