Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord. Acts of the Apostles 10:34a,37-43. Colossians 3:1-4. John 20:1-9. He has Risen. Rev. Gregory Chisholm, S.J. is a member of the Society of Jesus. He joined the New England Province of the Jesuits in 1980 and was ordained a priest in 1993.. Chisholm has been missioned by the Society of Jesus to service in the Archdiocese of New York. Archbishop Dolan appointed him as Pastor of the Church of St. Charles Borromeo/Resurrection Chapel in Harlem, effective July of 2011. He was installed as Pastor on December 4, 2011.
Reverend Gregory Chisholm S.J. is the Regional Vicar of the Vicariate of Central Harlem Archdiocese of New York. The Vicariate includes: Churches of All Saints, St. Aloysius Gonzaga, St. Charles Borromeo/Chapel of the Resurrection scbrchurch.org, St. Joseph of the Holy Family, St. Mark the Evangelist, Franciscan Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary, Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Center, Office of Black Ministry.
From April of 1998 until June of 2005 Fr. Chisholm was in full time parish ministry at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Los Angeles. From 1999 to 2005 Fr. Chisholm served as Administrator of that 1200 family parish in South Los Angeles. At Holy Name of Jesus he served a strong and diverse Roman Catholic community, including African American, Mexican, Salvadoran, Nigerian and South American families. In 2005 Fr. Chisholm became pastor of an equally diverse parish at St. Patrick Church in Oakland, CA. The parish, with 350 families, has been a ministry of the Society of Jesus since 1999.
Fr. Chisholm also taught courses in the area of pastoral practice (presiding, confessional practice, urban ministry, African American ministry) at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, CA. He also has taught in recent years at Jesuit-run Hekima College in Nairobi, Kenya.
He is a 4th Degree Member of the Knights of Peter Claver, the oldest American Catholic fraternal organization which opened membership to African Americans. Fr. Chisholm is 60 years old. He was born in New York City and raised in Harlem, where his family attended St. Mark the Evangelist Church. He went to Catholic schools in Harlem and the Bronx. Fr. Chisholm was in the first student class of the Archbishop’s
Leadership Project under the direction of Fr. John Meehan in 1967. His dual interest in the cultural heritage of African Americans and the Catholic faith he attributes to the strong tradition of both in his family and in his personal history. From his youth he has learned to appreciate the interrelated virtues of service to black people and service to Christian faith.
Fr. Chisholm attended college and graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has a B.Sc. (1973), an M.S.(1975) and a Ph.D.(1989) in Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T. Fr. Chisholm taught Engineering as a Jesuit at the University of Detroit-Mercy in Detroit, Michigan for several years. He did his priestly training at Jesuit-run Heythrop College at the University of London in London, England and at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Fr. Chisholm holds a B.A.(1992) in Philosophy and Theology from the University of London and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L., 1994) from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.