Father James F. Dorr, C.M., a native of Buffalo, N.Y., attended Niagara University, Georgetown University, and the Mexican North American School of Cultural Relations.
He was ordained a member of the Vincentian Fathers on May 31, 1958.
Post-ordination studies have been done at American Management Association; St. John’s University, Jamaica; and the Center for International Formation Heritage X, Paris.
Following ordination he was assigned to the missions in Panama and Costa Rica. From 1961 to 1967, he was a parish priest in Philadelphia. From 1967 to 1975, he was associate director of vocations.
In 1975, he was appointed chaplain to the School of Education and Human Services at St. John’s University and assistant to the president for Development and Special Events, as well as chaplain to the Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s.
He also has served as a member of the executive board of the National Museum of Catholic Art and History; chaplain to the Alsatian Society; chaplain to Local Union 638; chairman of the Ozanam Geriatric Foundation and executive advisory board members of All Hallows College, Dublin, Ireland.
In 1967, he was awarded the President’s Medal at St. John’s for exemplary deeds on behalf of the university.
He retired in 2010. On Sundays, he celebrates Mass for the workers at Belmont Racetrack.