Rev. Joseph Tan Lei Tao,
Parish Priest St. Joseph's Church Interview.
St Joseph Church interview
ST. JOSEPH’S CHURCH
37, Garden Road, Hong Kong.
Tel : (852) 2522-3992, 2525-2629
Fax: (852) 2537-7463
Rev. Joseph Tan Lei Tao, SVD, Parish Priest
Rev. James D. McAuley, MM, Asst. Parish Priest
FATHER JAMES D, MCAULEY, M.M.
Assistant Parish Priest at St. Joseph’s Parish
James Dermot McAuley was born in New York,
on April 8 1947, son of John and Mary McDermott McAuley.
He had one brother, John, and a sister, Maureen, both deceased.
He graduated from St. Helena High School, Bronx, New York
in 1965 and attended lona College in New Rochelle, New York,
receiving in June 1969 a B.A. Degree, cum laude, in Mathematics.
As a seminarian, he completed his Overseas Training Program in the Philippines. After seven months of language school, he was assigned to the rural parish of Maragusan where he joined
Father David Sullivan, M.M. and a team of Filipina Sisters and lay people. When he returned to the U.S. in 1979 he completed his studies, earning a M.Div. from Maryknoll Seminary in May 1980.
Father McAuley was ordained at Maryknoll, New York on May 17, 1980 and assigned to the Philippines. From 1985 until his return to the United States in 1988, Father McAuley served as pastor of a new parish in the town of Imelda in Western Mindanao.
In September 1988, Father McAuley returned to the U.S., and after completing a brief orientation program, he was assigned to the Development House in Washington, D.C. For the next three years he shared his mission experiences with people in the Eastern Central States.
After a three-month sabbatical at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois, Father McAuley returned to the Philippines in January 1992. He served as assistant parish priest in Malangas, then resident priest in San Ignacio in the town of Manay for one year before being assigned to open a new parish in the town of Diplahan in Western Mindanao, where he served for almost six years.
Father McAuley answered the needs of the Society once again in December 2000 when, after participating in a Spiritual Renewal Program in the Holy Land, he came back to the U.S. to work in the Promotion Department. In February 2001 he was named Director of the New York Regional Office, a position he held until January 2004 when he once again returned to his beloved Philippines, where he continued to work until October 2009, serving as pastor of Nuestra Senora Del Pilar Parish in Diplahan in the Prelature of Ipil. Father McAuley writes, "I am extremely grateful to God, my family and friends, Maryknoll, the Filipino people, and the people I met on promotion in greater Washington and New York areas for allowing me to be in mission and to live out my vocation as a missioner."
Father McAuley was assigned to Hong Kong in early 2011, and then appointed by Bishop John Tong as Assistant Parish Priest at St. Joseph’s Parish from March 1, 2011 where he still resides today.