James Sebesta, S.J.
M.Div. Theology, Weston College
M.S. Physics, Fordham University
B.A. Philosophy, Fordham University
James Sebesta was born in Binghamton, N.Y., and grew up in Norwich, N.Y. He said he always had an interest in flying and took a job at the airport in Norwich when he was 14 in order to be able to take flying lessons. He received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University in New York City in 1962 and his master’s degree in physics from the same university in 1964. He earlier had studied physics at Tufts University near Boston before entering the priesthood in 1958. He is a member of the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits.
He taught science and math at the Copper Valley School near Glennallen in Alaska and also taught in the Upward Bound Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Besides his work with parishioners, he was area director for the Jesuit Volunteer Corps from 1972 to 1982 and taught at St. Mary’s from 1982 to 1984. Prior to coming to Parks he spent time working in Alaska.