Staff Member: Rev. James M. Daprile, PhD

Rev. James M. Daprile, PhD


Father James M. Daprile was raised in Youngstown, Ohio and is the oldest of 13 children.

Reverend James Daprile attended St. Gregory Seminary High School and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Athenaeum of Ohio. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Youngstown in 1976.

He has been an associate Pastor at St. Joseph in Ashtabula and St. Patrick’s here in Kent. He has also been a hospice chaplain. One of his longest assignments was as a Campus Minister at Walsh University in North Canton where he was a lecturer in the Theology/Philosophy department.

After leaving Walsh he became an Assistant Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology at Mount St. Mary Seminary in Cincinnati.

Father Daprile returned to the Diocese in 2000 to become the Pastor at St. Brendan Parish in Youngstown, OH. While he was there he earned his Ph.D. in Roman Catholic Systematic Theology from Duquesne University in Pittsburg.

Also while he was Pastor at St. Brendan he went on sabbatical to the Santiago de Compostella in 2009. He received a Lilly Grant which enabled him to stay in touch with his parish and share his pilgrimage and journey with his St. Brendan’s parish. Part of that sabbatical included a time in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he was able to employ his passion for art and take time to paint.

He became the Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Aurora in January 2011 and retired January 22, 2019

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