Father James C. Sherlock came to be our Pastor of St. Colman in 2004 from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Overbrook. He had been at Our Lady of Lourdes as Pastor for 19 years. Father was ordained on May 16, 1964, and he celebrated his first Mass in Sacred Heart Church, Havertown. He began his priestly ministry as parochial vicar in Our Mother of Sorrows Parish, West Philadelphia. He then served at St. Jerome in Northeast Philadelphia, Annunciation BVM in Havertown, Our Lady of Grace in Penndel, and St. John in Yardley, before coming to Our Lady of Lourdes.
In addition to parish service, Father has had part-time assignments as Chaplain at Archbishop Ryan and Bishop Conwell High Schools, at Nazareth and Lankenau Hospitals, and as Director of the Main Line Line CYO for seven years. He was elected to the Archdiocesan Council of Priests for a term of six years. His love for all, young and old, and his tireless efforts for the CYO merited him the Father Daly Award, the highest commendation presented by the Archdiocesan CYO to a religious volunteer.
In 2005, when he first came to St. Colman, Father directed the reconstruction of our pipe organ, and spearheaded the successful air conditioning of the Church. The next year, 2006, Father arranged for a restroom to be installed in the Parish Hall, the waterproofing of the church masonry, and the restoration of the marble altars in church.
In 2007, he was instrumental in bringing the filming of the movie, “Our Lady of Victory” (a film depicting the national victory of the Immaculata College basketball team in the 1970s) to our parish, as well as the refinishing of the sanctuary floor and the 3 aisles of the church. Also in 2007, Father took charge of the Centennial celebration for the parish -- the taking of the parish group photograph in October 2006, our Parish Homecoming on April 21, 2007, our Centennial Mass of Thanksgiving on October 21, 2017, followed by our Gala Banquet.
In 2009, Father arranged for the sale of the convent building to the Augustinians, who made it their Friary, as well as the renovation of the Parish Hall and the kitchen after the damage of winter storm flooding, and the waterproofing of our Church building. In 2011, the church waterproofing continued, as well as repair to our stained glass windows, and the renovation of the choir loft.
Within the past two years, he has arranged for the renovation of the basketball court and rest rooms in the church basement, which are being used by many neighborhood sports groups for our youth, as well as the constant repairs needed to the roof and gutters of the church and school buildings. Last summer, he procured new windows for the rectory, in order to save on heating and cooling costs. At the current time, he has contracted for the re-leathering of one of the divisions of our pipe organ during the summer and fall of 2017. While working on parish repairs, he has supported all of our parish activities, as well as making time to visit our shut-ins.
On June 19, 2017 Father Sherlock will be leaving St. Colman as Pastor and going on to a well-earned retirement and will be residing at Villa St. Joseph, Darby. On that day, he will become Pastor Emeritus for our parish. We all wish Father a very happy retirement and assuring him that we are most grateful to him for all he has done for our parish and the Archdiocese.