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Fr. James Junípero Moore , OP

Fr. James Junipero was born in 1976 in a small rural town called Coalinga in central California.  From his earliest days, he had an interest in the church.  His father was an Anglican who raised him with a love for music and liturgy.  His mother is a Catholic who raised him with the idea of a universal church.  At age 12, James became a parish organist at his home parish and this was the beginning of his dedication to church music.

After graduation from Coalinga High School in 1994, James enrolled in Santa Clara University where he majored in Music and minored in History and Catholic Studies.  In 1996, he became an assistant organist at St. Dominic's church in San Francisco where he began praying and socializing with the Dominicans.  Although he had felt a call to the priesthood all of his life, it became more defined at St. Dominic's that his vocation might be a Dominican vocation.  He was attracted to the active/contemplative life that the Dominicans lead.  The mixture of the choral office and the active preaching and teaching were all attractive aspects of religious life to him.

Graduating from Santa Clara in 1998, Fr. James entered the University of Notre Dame, IN, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Music.  While at Notre Dame, James also was the Graduate Assistant for the Liturgical choir that sang the 10 A.M. solemn Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the ND campus.  While he was at Notre Dame, his love for church music was fed.   His desire for community was fed, and he lived with two of his fellow organists.  However, his vocation never went away.

Following graduation in May of 2000, he entered the Dominican Novitiate at St. Albert's in Oakland, CA.  He made his first profession of vows on 1 September, 2001.  At St. Albert's, Fr. James gave some of the other brothers organ lessons, and sang in the Saint Albert Schola Cantorum. [updated May 31, 2008]

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May 31, 2008

Baptism in extraordinary circumstances
October 30, 2007

"Music and Virtue Ethics:  Living Authentically in Today's Atomized World" (M.A. thesis in Philosophy)
April 20, 2004

St. Thomas More, Tucson, AZ April 2010

Leading Choir, December 2008

James More, OP - First Mass

Fr. James More, OP, with Rev. Br. Thienan Tran, OP as deacon (L.) and Br. Corwin Low, OP as acolyte.

James More, OP - First Mass

The sign of the cross as Mass begins.

James More, OP - First Mass

The opening Prayer

James More, OP - First Mass

The "Glory to God" is being sung.

James More, OP - First Mass

The first reading proclaimed by Br. Peter Junipero Hannah, OP

James More, OP - First Mass

Rev. Br. Thienan Tran, OP bows and asks for a blessing before proclaiming the Gospel.

James More, OP - First Mass

Fr. James More, OP blesses the deacon before he proclaims the Gospel.

James More, OP - First Mass

Rev. Br. Thienan Tran, OP pauses before the altar during the singing of the Alleluia verse.

James More, OP - First Mass

Rev. Br. Theinan Tran proclaims the Gospel.

James More, OP - First Mass

Fr. Gregory Tatum, OP preaches for Fr. James More's first Mass of Thanksgiving.

James More, OP - First Mass

Fr. James More, OP and Rev. Br. Theinan Tran (L.) listen attentively to the homily.

James More, OP - First Mass

The Chapel is decorated beautifully for the Mass

James More, OP - First Mass

Fr. Gregory Tatum, OP is passionate in his presentation.

James More, OP - First Mass

Fr. James More, OP offers the bread and wine, soon to become the body and blood of Christ.

James More, OP - First Mass

Continuing with the Eucharistic Prayer, Fr. James More, OP remembers all the living and dead.

James More, OP - First Mass

Fr. Richard Schenk, OP prays a portion of the liturgy.

James More, OP - First Mass

Fr. James More, OP invokes the Holy Spirit as he continues in the Roman Canon.

James More, OP - First Mass

Fr. James More, OP invokes the Holy Spirit as he continues in the Roman Canon.

James More, OP - First Mass

Fr. James More, OP elevates the Sacred Host in both an offering to the Father and to arouse the adoration of the faithful.

James More, OP - First Mass

Fr. James More, OP consecrates the wine. It becomes the blood of Christ.

James More, OP - First Mass

Fr. James More, OP consecrates the wine. It becomes the blood of Christ.

James More, OP - First Mass

Fr. James More elevates the precious Blood of Jesus not only as an offering to the Father but also to arouse the adoration of the faithful.

James More, OP - First Mass

"Lord, may your angel take this sacrifice to heaven ..."

James More, OP - First Mass

"Taught by sacred precept and formed by the Word of God, we dare to say ..."

James More, OP - First Mass

Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum ... An exchange of the Peace of Christ

James More, OP - First Mass

Deacon Theinan received the precious blood.

James More, OP - First Mass

The Liturgy of the Hours, combined with this Mass, continues with the Magnificat.

James More, OP - First Mass

All bow profoundly during the singing of the "Glory be to the Father" at the end of the Magnificat.

James More, OP - First Mass

The closing prayer.

James More, OP - First Mass

The final Blessing and dismissal

James More, OP - First Mass

As they did upon entering, the priest and deacon reverence the altar of sacrifice before the exit procession.

James More, OP - First Mass

Br. Corwin Low, OP leads the priest and deacon to the sacristy.

James More, OP - First Mass

As they depart the brethren are singing the closing hymn.

James More, OP - First Mass

Fr. James More, OP returns to the chapel to bestow his "first blessings" on those who attended the liturgy.

James More, OP - First Mass

Holy Mother Church grants to those who worthily receive the first blessing of a newly ordained priest a plenary indulgence. This indulgence can be received up to one year after the ordination.
  • Fr. James More, OP, with Rev. Br. Thienan Tran, OP as deacon (L.) and Br. Corwin Low, OP as acolyte.
  • The sign of the cross as Mass begins.
  • The opening Prayer
  • The "Glory to God" is being sung.
  • The first reading proclaimed by Br. Peter Junipero Hannah, OP
  • Rev. Br. Thienan Tran, OP bows and asks for a blessing before proclaiming the Gospel.
  • Fr. James More, OP blesses the deacon before he proclaims the Gospel.
  • Rev. Br. Thienan Tran, OP pauses before the altar during the singing of the Alleluia verse.
  • Rev. Br. Theinan Tran proclaims the Gospel.
  • Fr. Gregory Tatum, OP preaches for Fr. James More's first Mass of Thanksgiving.
  • Fr. James More, OP and Rev. Br. Theinan Tran (L.) listen attentively to the homily.
  • The Chapel is decorated beautifully for the Mass
  • Fr. Gregory Tatum, OP is passionate in his presentation.
  • Fr. James More, OP offers the bread and wine, soon to become the body and blood of Christ.
  • Continuing with the Eucharistic Prayer, Fr. James More, OP remembers all the living and dead.
  • Fr. Richard Schenk, OP prays a portion of the liturgy.
  • Fr. James More, OP invokes the Holy Spirit as he continues in the Roman Canon.
  • Fr. James More, OP invokes the Holy Spirit as he continues in the Roman Canon.
  • Fr. James More, OP elevates the Sacred Host in both an offering to the Father and to arouse the adoration of the faithful.
  • Fr. James More, OP consecrates the wine.  It becomes the blood of Christ.
  • Fr. James More, OP consecrates the wine.  It becomes the blood of Christ.
  • Fr. James More elevates the precious Blood of Jesus not only as an offering to the Father but also to arouse the adoration of the faithful.
  • "Lord, may your angel take this sacrifice to heaven ..."
  • "Taught by sacred precept and formed by the Word of God, we dare to say ..."
  • Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum ...
An exchange of the Peace of Christ
  • Deacon Theinan received the precious blood.
  • The Liturgy of the Hours, combined with this Mass, continues with the Magnificat.
  • All bow profoundly during the singing of the "Glory be to the Father" at the end of the Magnificat.
  • The closing prayer.
  • The final Blessing and dismissal
  • As they did upon entering, the priest and deacon reverence the altar of sacrifice before the exit procession.
  • Br. Corwin Low, OP leads the priest and deacon to the sacristy.
  • As they depart the brethren are singing the closing hymn.
  • Fr. James More, OP returns to the chapel to bestow his "first blessings" on those who attended the liturgy.
  • Holy Mother Church grants to those who worthily receive the first blessing of a newly ordained priest a plenary indulgence.  This indulgence can be received up to one year after the ordination.

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Look Into My Eyes, April 2008

March for Life, Washington, DC, January 2004

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