Father James J. Maher, C.M. was appointed campus minister to the Athletic Department at St. John?s University in the fall of 1995. Since his arrival at St. John?s in September of 1990, Father Maher has assisted in the ministry to the Athletic Department. In May of 1999, Father Maher was named Vice President for University Ministry. He continues to minister in the Athletic Department.
Fr. Maher took his final vows in the Vincentian Community in May of 1989 and was ordained a priest on May 26, 1990 at Mary Immaculate Seminary in Northampton, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John?s in 1984, his Master of Divinity in 1989 and Masters in Theology in 1990. Presently, he is a Doctoral candidate in the School of Social Service at Fordham University.
Within the Athletic Department, Fr. Maher assists in the coordination of the student-athlete Life Skills committee, he also oversees a number of student-athlete community service initiatives in New York City. In addition, Fr. Maher serves as facilitator for the campus ministry retreat and leadership programs.
Fr. Maher is the Director of the Educational Alliance between St. John?s University and St. John the Baptist School in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. The alliance is an innovative educational program which enables St. John?s University to fulfill its mission to the poor and socially disadvantaged. The SJU-SJB Alliance, officially inaugurated in 1995, allows both schools to fulfill their Vincentian mission through the creation and expansion of academic and social programs which offer growth and opportunity to the students of St. John?s University and St. John the Baptist school.
In May of 1997 Fr. Maher was re-elected as President of the Board of the Directors of St. John?s Bread and Life Program, located on the original sight of St. John?s University in Brooklyn. Cited as a model social service program by both the Center For Disease Control and World Hunger Year, St. John?s Bread and Life Program serves over 1,000 meals a day to New Yorkers in need. In addition, the program offers a whole host of other services, including HIV/AIDS testing, support and counseling, employment counseling, medical treatment and a whole range of services which help poor and hungry New Yorkers to restore hope and human dignity. Since his election to the Board of Directors in 1994, Fr. Maher has served as a tireless advocate for the poor and hungry of New York City.
In recognition of his service, in November of 1995, Fr. Maher was recognized as the New Yorker of the Week by Time Warner New York One. In 1998, Fr. Maher received the President?s medal from St. John?s University and was nominated and was selected as one of the Outstanding Young Men of America, a group comprised of less than one percent of young Americans, recognized for their outstanding service to others.
For the past two years, Father Maher has chaired the university?s Corporate Code of Conduct Task Force, leading St. John?s membership in the Global Alliance for Workers and Communities (GAWC) and the Fair Labor Association. In conjunction with Nike and Pricewater-Coopers, Fr. Maher and the task force organized factory visits to 32 factories that produce collegiate apparel in Asia, Central America and North America.
Fr. Maher is the son of the late John and Mary Maher and the brother of Mary Beth Chambers, Anne Damiano, Kathleen Maher and the Reverend John T. Maher, C.M.