Sioux Falls priest named directorof seminary's spiritual formation

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has appointed Father James Mason, a priest of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, S.D., as director of spiritual formation at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in Shrewsbury. He will begin his duties in August 2014.

Father Mason has served in various roles throughout the Diocese of Sioux Falls since his ordination in 2001, including as director of Catholic Charities, legal counsel, medical-moral adviser, vice chancellor and director of vocations. He is currently director of Broom Tree Retreat Center and pastor of St. Lambert Parish in Sioux Falls.

Father Mason received a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1993 and later attended the North American College in Rome. He has a certificate in spiritual direction and retreat ministry at the Institute of Priestly Formation where he worked on the board and has taught a course entitled, "The Spirituality of the Diocesan Priesthood." He has directed seminarians, priests and religious in the 30-day Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius for eight years and has led numerous retreats around the world and country for clergy, consecrated men and women, seminarians and laity.

"Father Mason is highly qualified and competent but more importantly he is a man of humility with a heart for seminary formation," said Jesuit Father John Horn, rector of Kenrick Glennon Seminary.

Father Mason replaces Jesuit Father Peter Ryan, who was appointed executive director of the Secretariat of Doctrine and Canonical Affairs for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in May 2013.

Kenrick-Glennon Seminary serves 15 dioceses in the United States, as well as three international dioceses from Africa, Central America and Southeast Asia.

More than 2,700 of the seminary's alumni have been ordained to the priesthood. The students are enrolled in either the Kenrick pre-theology or theology programs of seminary formation or the Cardinal Glennon College program for collegiate seminary education.

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