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St. Theresa of the Child Jesus


The parishioners of St. Theresa celebrate the Entrance into Eternal Life

of God's faithful servant and their beloved pastor,

Rev. James Naughton, S.D.B.

Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.  May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.



More on Fr. Jim

Link to family pictures of Fr. Jim


R.I.P. Fr. Jim

December 3, 2013: Mass of Christian Burial

Letter from Fr. Thomas Dunne (Fr. Jim's Provincial) to the Parish

The One Voice - Parishioners' letter of gratitude to all in Diocese


Rev. James Naughton, S.D.B.


Father Jim came to St. Theresa in 2000 and was instrumental in the tremendous growth experienced during the 13 years he served the parish.


The church building was expanded under his guidance to provide for the surge in attendance, including a new Sunday evening Mass, and a Sunday afternoon Hispanic Mass.


Parishioners and others were welcomed before each mass by his friendly demeanor and the ever-present NY Yankees cap.


Fr. Jim invited the Hispanic Community in the diocese to join us at St. Theresa.  We now have a mass in Spanish each week, and Spanish celebrations throughout the year.



  Born: January 27, 1938
       Bronx, NY
  Died: November 27, 2013
     Leeds, AL
  Attended: Holy Family Catholic School, Bronx, N.Y.
  Dominican Savio Classroom Club
  September 8, 1957
  March 18, 1967 - Turin, Italy
  St. Dominic Savio High School East Boston 1959-1963
  Priestly Ministry:
  Don Bosco Tech, Paterson, N.J. 1967-1976
  Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey N.J. 1976-1979
  Don Bosco Harlem, St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Harlem, N.Y. 1979-1994
  St. John Bosco Holy Rosary, Birmingham, AL 1994-2000
  St. Theresa, Leeds, AL 2000-2013


Fr. Jim said from the beginning that educating the children in their faith was a priority.  Under his direction the PSR program outgrew the parish hall and 3 houses were purchased to use for the program.

Fr. Jim brought his Salesian Spirit and love for the young to St. Theresa. For several years the parish hosted the Salesian program, Gospel Roads.

St. Theresa teens attended the biennial National Catholic Youth Conference and many teens of the parish were privileged enough to go to Stony Point, New York for the Salesian January Leadership Retreat.  Our own teens became leaders in the Gospel Roads program because Fr. Jim instilled in them the love of serving the youth.


He worked hard to have an active Knights of Columbus Council at St. Theresa.  They have grown to be an integral part of our parish!