Fr. Jim Dugal Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Congratulations to Fr. Jim Dugal, C.PP.S., who this year is celebrating the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.

Fr. Dugal, 86, a native of Jackson, Mich., entered the society in 1948 and was ordained on June 2, 1956. Fr. Dugal has served in parishes and in retreat and renewal ministry.

After his ordination he was in parish ministry in Fort Wayne, then was an instructor at Brunnerdale, the Society’s high school seminary in Canton. In 1965, he was named spiritual director of St. Charles Seminary in Carthagena. Fr. Dugal entered retreat and renewal work in 1970 at the Maria Stein Retreat House, a ministry that he continues to this day. He returned to parish work in 1978 as the pastor of Precious Blood Church in Fort Wayne, Ind., where he served until 1983, when he returned to retreat and renewal ministry. In 1990, he was named pastor of St. James the Less Church in Columbus, where he served for nine years.

In 1999, he became pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Montezuma, Ohio. In 2001, he also served at St Rose Church, St. Rose, Ohio, and Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Casella, Ohio.

Fr. Dugal also served in leadership with the Congregation as a member of its provincial council.

In 2011, Fr. Dugal retired to St. Charles Center, where he makes his home. He continues in parish ministry as he offers help to local pastors.

Fr. Dugal’s anniversary, along with the milestone anniversaries of other Missionaries of the Precious Blood of the Cincinnati and Kansas City Provinces, signifying hundreds of years of ministerial service to God’s people, will be celebrated in a special liturgy on July 1 at St. Charles Center.