Brother James McVeigh, O.S.F., began his journey to the Franciscan Brothers in 1960 after graduating from Immaculate Heart of Mary School and entering St. Anthony’s Juniorate. He became a postulant in February 1964 and received the religious name of Brother Martin de Porres. On August 2, 1964, he received the Franciscan Habit and began formation as a Franciscan Brother. In January of 1966, he made his first vows and began his studies at St. Francis College where he received a B.A. in Sociology. Brother then began teaching at St. Mary, Star of the Sea in 1968 and began his graduate studies at American University and St. Mary’s University, earning a Master of Arts Degree in Religious Education in 1969. Brother also taught at Bishop Ford High School and St. Anthony’s High School, where he became Director of Religious Activities and Chair of the Religion Department. He reactivated the Tau Fraternity (Third Order of St. Francis).
In 1979, he became Christian Service Director at St. Francis Prep, followed by ten years as Principal of Our Lady of Hope School in Middle Village. Brother was then appointed as Regional School Supervisor for Queens North, comprised of 45 schools in Northern Queens. He was then named Assistant Principal, Dean of Faculty, and Director of Studies at St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington where he also began the Catechetics Program and the Kolbe Society.
In 1995, Brother James became Assistant Superintendent for Essex County in the Archdiocese of Newark. During this time, he also served as Director of Temporary Professed. The Franciscan Brothers then appointed Brother James as Vocation Director for the community for seven years. When the term was finished, he was asked to help out in Seacuacus, NJ for a school that had lost their Principal. Brother James then returned to St. Francis Prep to assist in the Admissions Office and designed a program for Franciscan Mission Coordinator and Moderator of the Franciscan Youth Movement, where he continues to minister to the present.
In addition, Brother James was appointed Co-Vicar for Religious in the Diocese of Rockville-Centre in 2007, while continuing his ministry at St. Francis Prep. In 2008, Bishop Murphy appointed Brother as Director of New Evangelization and as a member of the Bishop’s Cabinet.
Brother has served on the Executive Board of the National Religious Vocations Conference and on the Executive Board of the Continental Congress for North America on Vocations called by Pope John Paul II. He is currently the Vice President of the National Conference of Vicars for Religious.
Brother James’ first love is anything Franciscan followed by a love of Catholic Education, with a special dedication to Youth and Campus and Young Adult Ministry. In his various ministries, he enjoys mentoring youth and educators and working with Religious in the Diocese of Rockville-Centre.