Reverend Mr. James Waalkes

Diaconate Year
St. Philip Parish
University of Mary Washington
St. Raymond of Penafort Parish

Read the Arlington Catholic Herald interview with Deacon James.

What did you do prior to entering seminary?

I taught 5th grade at Angelus Academy for two years, and before that I was a camp counselor.

What influenced your decision to apply for seminary entrance?

Many devout and Christ-like priests who helped me find my own desires.

Why do you want to be a priest?

To bring people to God.

What are your favorite pastimes?

Guitar, Music

What is your favorite quote?

“God is love.”

Who is your favorite Saint and why?

Moses, because he courageously lead his people out of Egypt through trust in God.

What advice would you give to a young man thinking about the seminary?

Pray to Him, Seek Him, and trust that He will bring you to your place.