Just prior to my departure from Our Lady of Lourdes in 2000 to engage in Norbertine Vocation ministry on a full-time basis, I made a bold prediction, stating, “I will return in twenty years to become your pastor.” Since then, I had often stated privately and publicly that, “I left my heart at Our Lady of Lourdes!” Responding to the “call” to return home to the people who taught me how to navigate ministry in such a life-giving and fulfilling way has been one of the greatest joys of an already-blessed priesthood; for that, I give gratitude and praise to God, and I am most appreciative of the Faithful of Lourdes for such an incredible welcome home.
As you navigate “LOURDESDEPERE,” you will be exposed to our incredibly vibrant parish that comprises the young and the old, the rich and the poor: The People of God in extraordinary variety! While the pages of this website give you an indication of who we are and how we animate the mission of the Catholic Church on the west side of DePere, it is best that you come and join us to discover for yourself, and in a personal way, the genuine goodness of the folks who make up our congregation.
If any of our dedicated staff members, our generous lay ministers, or I can help you become better acquainted with life at Lourdes, please know that we are most willing to extend our radical hospitality to you: a charism modeled by the Norbertine Community of Saint Norbert Abbey, who are blessed to be the spiritual sponsors of this parish from its very beginning.
Father James Thomas Baraniak, O. Praem.
Father James Baraniak, O. Praem.
MILESTONES IN NORBERTINE FORMATION
27 August 1986 Vested a Norbertine Novice
28 August 1991 Professed Solemn Vows
01 September 1992 Ordained to the Diaconate
03 January 1993 Ordained to the Priesthood
01 July 1993 Associate Pastor -- Old Saint Joseph Church and
Associate Director of Campus Ministry -- Saint Norbert College
01 July 1995- Associate Pastor -- “New” Saint Joseph Church
01 July 2001 (Later to become Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church) and
01 July 1995-
30 June 2010 Canonry Vocation Coordinator -- Saint Norbert Abbey
01 July 1996-
16 June 2018 Sacramental Minister – Green Bay Correctional Institution
01 July 1996-
16 June 2018 Chaplain – Green Bay Packers
01 July 2004- Pastor – Old Saint Joseph Church and
25 July 2012 Director of Campus Ministry – Saint Norbert College
19 March 2013-
16 June 2018 Prior – Saint Norbert Abbey
16 June 2018 Local Superior – Norbertine Community of Chicago and
Associate Director of Formation – Master of Professed (Priestly Formation)
14 August 2021 Pastor – Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
ECCLESTIASTICAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ADMINISTRATIVE ENGAGEMENT
06 June 2012- Trustee – Saint Norbert College
19 March 2013-
16 June 2018 Abbot’s Council
26 June 2014- Investiture as “Canon” of the Knights of the Equestrian Order
Present of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem
06 June 2019-
Present Trustee – Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
01 December 2020-
Present Executive Committee – Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
01 January 2019 Founder – Willibrord Catholic Initiative
15 August 2021-
Present Member – Diocesan Presbyteral Council – Green Bay Catholic Diocese