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Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Phone (570) 784-2700
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James Lease

Member At Large
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Father James Lease has been involved in the Boy Scouts of America since childhood, when he was a member of Pack 68 and later of Troop 67, both of Catawissa. As a Boy Scout, he camped most summers at Camp Lavigne. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1990, and is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, Wyona Lodge 18. His service to the Scouting community has included offering religious services at Camp Tuckahoe (New Birth of Freedom Council), Camp Bashore (Pennsylvania Dutch Council), and OA Conclaves. He has participated in the annual Scout Retreat sponsored by the Diocese of Harrisburg held at Camp Bashore.

Following graduation from Southern Columbia Area High School, Fr. Lease initially started down the path toward a career in Chemical Engineering, eventually earning a B.S. from Penn State and an M.S. from the University of Delaware, both in Chemical Engineering. He then entered the seminary formation program for the Diocese of Harrisburg. He studied Philosophy at Mt. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD. He then was sent to Rome, Italy, where he earned a Bachelor's in Sacred Theology and a License in Biblical Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University. He was ordained a priest in 2006. Since June of 2015, he has served as Pastor at St. Joseph Parish in Danville. In September 2016, he was appointed Director for the Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the Diocese of Harrisburg.

He has also been involved in the wider community. He has served on the Board of Directors for Delone Catholic High School, he is the Chaplain for the Harrisburg Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and is the Secretary for the Danville Riverside Ministerium Association.

Father Lease joined the Columbia-Montour Council Executive Board in December of 2015. He is most honored to be the Order of the Arrow Lodge Adviser to our very own Wyona Lodge.

In addition to his role as parish priest and involvement with Scouting, he is an organist, he enjoys reading, and he enjoys most anything that involves food.

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