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Seven Miami priests named monsignors …

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Msgr. James Fetscher
Chaplain to His Holiness

Born Aug. 9, 1941 in Jamaica, N.Y., Father Fetscher grew up in Holy Family Parish in North Miami and was ordained May 25, 1968 for the Archdiocese of Miami. He served in the religious education department, as coordinator for the North Dade Deanery, from 1969 to 1971, and became founding director of the archdiocesan Office of Worship from 1978 to 1984. Concurrently, he served as parochial vicar at St. Mark in Boynton Beach, Visitation Church in North Miami, teacher at Msgr. Edward Pace High School in Miami Gardens, member of the faculty at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, parochial vicar at St. Lawrence Church in North Miami Beach and associate rector at St. Mary Cathedral in Miami.

From 1976 to 1980 he served as parochial vicar at St. Louis Church in Pinecrest, where he would return as pastor in 1982. He remained at St. Louis until September 2010, when he was named to his current post as pastor of St. Sebastian in Fort Lauderdale.

In addition, Father Fetscher has served as president of the Priests’ Senate, member of the first archdiocesan Synod, dean of the South Dade Deanery and member of the Presbyteral Council.

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I guess I should explain why I posted this notice of elevation. Fr. James Fetscher was Pastor of St. Louis Catholic Church during my years in high school and into college and seminary. He signed off on my paperwork to enter the seminary in 1986. Sadly, I was rebuffed after completing my first year.

Over the years he was a guiding force in every life of every human being who graced the parish over his tenure as Pastor. We buried countless good men and women, priests and fellows over those years. Fr. James is a good, kind and wise man and I congratulate him on his elevation.

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