Company: Christ the King Catholic Church
Location: Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Monsignor James R. Boddie, Jr., Pastor at Christ the King Catholic Church, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in ministry.
After earning a Master of Theology and Master of Divinity from Saint Vincent de Paul Major Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida in 1978, Monsignor James R. Boddie, Jr. was ordained a priest in his home parish of St. Pius V in 1978. Today, he excels as a pastor at Christ the King Catholic Church in Jacksonville, Florida, where he has served for eight years. He builds off 12 years of prior pastoral experience at St. Catherine of Siena in Orange Park, Florida. Notably, Monsignor Boddie was designated a Monsignor as a Chaplain to Pope Francis in 2021. He became involved in the priesthood after realizing it was his calling when he was in the third grade, having been inspired by the priests in his school.
Upon reflection of his career, Monsignor Boddie attributes his success to the Lord Jesus Christ for giving him the strength and the grace to help others, especially the underprivileged. With this sentiment, he is honored to have been the first African American to be ordained as a catholic priest in the State of Florida, which he considers to be his most notable achievement. Alongside his primary role, Monsignor Boddie serves on the board of the Warren P. Powers Charitable Foundation and the Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment. He is also involved with the Mary L. Singleton Foundation Inc. and is vice-chair of the Mayor’s Victim Assistance Advisory Council. Looking toward the future, Monsignor Boddie hopes to retire from his full-time work as a pastor of the church but aims to continue his efforts as an active member of the diocese for their community work and charitable efforts.
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