Staff Member: Rev. James Archambault
Rev. James Archambault
Fr. Jim was born in Waterbury, Connecticut to Reynold and Margaret and has a brother, Reynold. He attended Sacred Heart Grammer and High School in Waterbury, St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, CT and St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, MD. Fr. Jim was ordained on May 4, 1967. He received his undergraduate degree at St. Mary and his Masters in Counseling at St. Joseph College in West Hartford, CT.
Fr. Jim served the Church and the people of Connecticut as a parochial vicar at St. Gregory Parish in Bristol and St. Mary Parish in Windsor Lochs, co-pastor at St. James Parish in Manchester and pastor of St. Jerome Parish in New Britain. He was chaplain of St. Mary Hospital and an instructor in the School of Nursing. Fr. Jim was also on the faculty of Sacred Heart High School and was the chairman of the Department of Religious Studies at St. Paul High School.
Fr. Jim retired on September 1, 1996 for reasons of poor health, and happily for us, came to Bradenton. He now lives among his beloved antiques collected over the years, has become an avid gardener, enjoys music and plays the piano, has become a beach and swimming aficionado and is making up for lost reading time by reading everything he has and can get his hands on!
Here at St. Joseph Parish, in addition to his many and varied liturgical duties, Fr. Jim plays a key role in RCIA and 'We Miss You' ministries and serves as chaplain to our St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Fr. Jim beams a welcoming smile on the congregation as he approaches the altar for Mass, and in the many ministries in which he is involved, and it is warmly reciprocated.