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Niagara University president celebrates 25 years in the priesthood

LEWISTON – This past weekend, Niagara University President James J. Maher celebrated his silver jubilee and 25 years in the priesthood.

The Eucharistic Liturgy in Niagara University’s Alumni Chapel on May 9 was followed by a dinner celebration in the Castellani Art Museum. Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, president emeritus at NU, offered the homily during Saturday’s special mass.

Maher became Niagara University’s 26th president on Aug. 1, 2013.

Maher took his vows to the Vincentian community in May 1989 and was ordained to the priesthood on May 26, 1990 at Mary Immaculate Seminary in Northampton, Pa. He received his bachelor’s degree from St. John University in 1984 and his master’s degree in divinity in 1989 and theology in 1990. He was granted a doctor of ministry in May 2004 by the Immaculate Conception Seminary and Graduate School of Theology.

His doctoral research focused on NIKE, Inc. and its contracted factories in Vietnam, as well as Catholic social teaching and worker development programs.