Associate Pastor

Fr. James Buckley, Sr. Associate Pastor 



Father Buckley was raised in Valley, Nebraska attending the public schools there. He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and later received a master’s degree in Political Science. He then was sent to the New York Archdiocese for pre-theology studies and on to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia for his final four years of theological studies.

He was ordained in Philadelphia by Cardinal Bevilaqua in 1990 and served for one year as a parish priest before returning to his home diocese of Omaha. Since then, he has served at several parishes in the archdiocese including St. Mary’s in Osmond where he was also president of the grade school, St. Francis in Humphrey while president of the grade and high schools and pastor of St. Patrick’s in Omaha which included tending to the Archdiocesan Sudanese ministry. St. Patrick’s was combined with St. Frances Cabrini as a result of implementation of the Meitler Study which also recommended the closing of St. Patrick’s church and the combining with St. Joseph’s parish which require Spanish speaking priests.

Father Buckley has served in the boards of the Plainview, Nebraska Nursing Home and Bethlehem House in Omaha. He is currently on the Archdiocesan Investment Committee, the board of the Holy Family Shrine and is chaplain for The Thomas More Society of Omaha. He has also been the Morality in Media representative for the Archdiocese and served as the Archbishop’s special representative to the Formation Office. In the 1990s Father wrote a nationally syndicated column on Mass Media for the Catholic press and hosted a talk show on KFAB. He spends his day off and other required times taking care of his mother who still lives in the family home in Valley.

When asked about coming to St. Cecilia’s father said “During my time here my hope is to make many new friends, to share the education the Church has provided me and to assist Fr. Gutgsell in pursuing his vision for our parish family’s future. Please have people pray for these things.”