SPRINGFIELD - Father James Longe became the newest priest for the Diocese of Springfield following his ordination ceremony on Nov. 3 at St. Michael's Cathedral, here.Springfield Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell ordained Father Longe with 400 looking on during the 90-minute celebration.
Following the Mass a reception was held in the Bishop Marshall center where Father Longe
first blessing to those gathered.Father Longe was born on Aug. 14, 1974.
The youngest of six children, he
is the son of Palmer resident E. Mae Longe and the late Gordon K. Longe Jr.His
home parish was St. Thomas the Apostle in Palmer, where he
was an altar server.He is a graduate of Pathfinder Vocational High School where he focused on agriculture.He
enjoys nature, going for hikes and even chopping wood.Father Longe graduated from Holyoke Community College (HCC), where he earned an associate's degree in criminal justice in 1996.He went on to the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio where he earned his bachelor's degree in theology and philosophy in 1999.
It was while a student at HCC
first contemplated the priesthood."I was trying t go deep into myself and think about who I am," he
said in an interview with Catholic Communications
...Following the pilgrimage, Father Longe spoke with Father Lee Gilbertson who was chaplain at HCC at the time.
vocation to many.He
mother's deep faith inspired him."She's
a real hero.She
worked third shift at Monson Developmental Center while raising the six kids in our family," he
said."We were a very Catholic family and my brother, Michael, and I were altar servers from second grade through high school." His
dad died in 1976 when Father Longe
was 2 years old. Father Longe
also credits the power of personal invitation and said that when he
was asked about the priesthood it really made an impact.
has a beautiful demeanor about him and he does have a spirit of prayer and solitude that he gained from his monastic life," said Father Dailey.
...Father Longe had been serving at St. Patrick Parish, South Hadley for the last year as well as providing spiritual outreach to inmates at the Hampden County House of Correction in Ludlow.He was assigned to St. Rose de Lima Parish in Chicopee and will serve as the chaplain at the jail.