Fr. James Aboyi, VC, is originally from Nigeria in West Africa. He joined the Via Christi Society as one of the first four members of the society, and completed his philosophy and theology seminary studies in Nigeria. He was ordained a priest for the Via Christi Society on July 3, 2004, and was assigned to the Diocese of Tucson for his first priestly ministry shortly after in August 2004. During his assignment in Tucson, he served as Parochial Vicar at St. Bartholomew in San Manuel; Parish Administrator at Infant Jesus of Prague in Kearny; Associate Pastor at Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Tucson; and Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi in Superior. Fr. James is currently serving as Parochial Vicar at Holy Cross in Mesa and Chaplain of Benedictine University in Mesa.

Besides ministry, Fr. James enjoys playing and watching soccer, basketball and hiking. His new interest in research led him to pursue a Masters Degree in Human Relations and Counseling from Northern Arizona University, and then he received a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Grand Canyon University. Fr. James looks forward to joining his new “spiritual family” here at St. Benedict Parish.