Our Priests

 

Father James Radloff, Director of Youth Ministries at the Diocese of Baker


Father Jim Radloff was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1960 and moved to the Northwest in 1986 to enter Mater Dei Seminary, which was affiliated with Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.  Father Radloff quickly fell in love with the Northwest, especially the people and the smaller, close-knit Church communities of Central and Eastern Oregon.


It was quite a journey for Father Radloff.  When he was 26 years old the Archdiocese of Chicago told him he was too old to become a priest.  Plus, both his family and his friends did not support his becoming a priest.  Even a psychological evaluation given while he was trying to enter the Seminary told Father Radloff that he had below average intelligence and would not survive the academic setting of a university.  (Although he did - Magna Cum Laude!)


But Father Radloff persisted in following the call to the priesthood.  Why?  Because he knew it was God, not the world, who was calling him to this important ministry.

Shortly after ordination Father Radloff was made the pastor at Holy Redeemer Church in La Pine, Oregon, where he served for 14 years, before beginning in his present ministry. 


Presently he is the Pastor at St. Francis of Assisi parish in Bend, the Director of Youth Ministry, and the Promoter of Vocations for the Diocese of Baker.  He is Chaplain of the Diocese of Baker Serra Club and the Bend Volunteer Core.  He also travels the country sharing his gifts of preaching and teaching.  Fr. Radloff stays engaged with the youth of our parish through the Monday evening High School Religious Education programs and of course the super

camps he offers all the Diocesan youth at the Retreat Center at Powell Butte.

 

Fr. Jude E. Onogbosele, Pastor


Fr.  Jude Onogbosele is a priest of the Diocese of Uromi, Edo State, Nigeria.  He was born and raised in a Catholic family of eight children. Fr Jude was able to discern his calling to priestly life through the many guidance and support of numerous missionary priests and members of the laity. Upon a favorable recommendation by his pastor, he was admitted to the SS. Peter and Paul Seminary, Bodija , Ibadan, Nigeria, where he had his priestly formation. After his ordination as a priest in 2003, he exercised ministry in Benin City, Nigeria for two years before proceeding to Ottawa, Canada to pursue the licentiate degree in canon law.


At the completion of this program in 2008, Fr. Jude came to the United States, residing in Arlington Diocese, Virginia, where he commenced a doctoral program in canon law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.  Fr. Jude celebrated his eighth year as a priest on March 22, 2011.  Beside his appointment as Pastor of St. Edward, he has also been appointed to serve as “Judge Pro Tem” in the Tribunal of the Diocese of Baker.  Among the many things Fr Jude enjoys are good music, watching, and sometimes, playing soccer, as well as inquiry into things that are taken for granted. Fr Jude believes that a human being is a limitless possibility, and that when it comes to a person’s response to the gift of faith, the standard of Christ ought to be upheld: “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).


He became the Pastor of St. Edward the Martyr Catholic Church on March 21, 2011.


He can be reached via email at:  frjude@dioceseofbaker.org

Father Jude E. Onogbosele

Father James Radloff