James Parisi

Hello brothers and sisters! My name is James Parisi. I am from St. Hilary Parish in Fairlawn and I am Akron born and bred. I am the second oldest in a pretty good sized overtly Catholic family of eight (including my parents). I love camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, basically anything outdoors, home-cooked meals, long walks on the beach, being with people, and ice cream on a hot day. I graduated from Archbishop Hoban High School where I was active in our Pro-life group, tutoring, peer mentoring, academic challenge, Kairos retreats and the lacrosse team. When I was growing up I had such a large Catholic presence surrounding me. My uncle is a Benedictine monk, my grandma is a prayer warrior, and my parents were always faithful to their marriage call to educate my brothers and sister in the faith. However, in junior high I really did not take my faith all that seriously and became lukewarm. This persisted until my reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation. Shortly after receiving the sacrament I had the urge to pray the rosary so did and was left with a great peace. After the third day of praying, I made a promise to Our Lady that I would pray a daily rosary and less than two weeks later I started to have thoughts about the priesthood. These thoughts persisted all throughout high school and I could not run away from them; Our Lady had her hold on me. I applied to Borromeo in the fall of my senior year and here I am, back for round two of seminary formation.