September 2017  
Upcoming Events




St James Preschool Chapel Service
9:30 AM to 10:00 AM
a time of teaching, singing and prayer with the children of our preschool
Weight Watchers - (Parish Hall)
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
a confidential, Low-Cost way to lose and maintain weight loss
AA Group - (Parish Hall)
8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism


Oil Painting Class
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Gin Todd - 305-396-7008
Oil Painting Class
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
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Fr. Tom Graf

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Fr. Tom was born in the Bronx, New York to Joan and William Graf. He is a third generation Irish/German, with a younger and older sister.  His mother was a cradle Roman Catholic, while his father converted to the Roman Catholic Church (From the Episcopal Church) while a soldier in the Navy during WW II.  His mother prophesized his call to priesthood, as when he was born she cried out, “Fr. Thomas!”  and supposedly the Irish nurse responded, “Sure and begurin, she has him a priest already!” 

He was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest within The Passionist Religious Community.  He served as such ministering a total of 10 years in The Dominican Republic, New Jersey and the New York area.  He eventually stepped back from Roman Catholic Priesthood, met his wife (Isabel), and was married.  They are blessed to have three daughters and three grandchildren. They joined the Episcopal Church in 2004, and his orders as priest were received in 2012. 

Fr. Tom is also Supervisor of Chaplains in a Hospice Program, Chaplain at Ocean Reef Episcopal Mission and teach a World Religion Class on the University Level.

"My beloved, Isabel, and I are thrilled to be a part of the rich tradition of St James The Fisherman.  We look forward to our involvement flourishing into full-time status, so that we can dedicate 100% of our time, talents and treasure to our mission here in beautiful Islamorada."  

Director of St. James Childrens' Center

SueEllen Bennett

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SueEllen has been the Director of St. James Children's Center since 1985. She is a dedicated early childhood education professional with a special gift for helping young children enjoy preschool and discover a love for learning.

She is a certified Childcare Manager with Advanced Director's Credentials and is a member of:

* National Association for Education of Young Children

* Child Care Provider Association of the Keys (Past President)

* Florida Association of the Education of Young Children

* Florida Children's Forum Director Network

* National Association of Episcopal Schools


Contact info:

Phone: 305-852-2161

Fax: 305-852-1863




Parish Administrator

Michelle Lane

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Employed by St. James since 2004

Active member of the parish, mother of two.

  • acolyte
  • lay reader
  • outreach committee
  • Episcopal Charities Messenger
  • bookkeeper
  • clerk of the vestry

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