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James Erving

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Rev. James Charles Erving, OMI, born in Brooklyn, New York on January 22, 1971, died in San Antonio, Texas on March 18, 2014, at the age of 43 years. Fr. Erving entered Novitiate on August 17, 1994, in Godfrey, Illinois, and professed vows as a member of the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate on August 1, 1995. Fr. Erving completed his studies in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy in 1999. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 27, 2000, at Immaculate Conception Parish in Towson, MD, by Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer, OMI. Prior to his priestly ordination, Fr. Erving served as Campus Minister and Teacher at St. Anthony Catholic High School in San Antonio, Texas. Fr. Erving's first priestly assignment was as Parochial Vicar at Immaculate Conception Parish in Lowell, MA. He then served in vocation ministry in the Northeast. Fr. Erving also served as Parochial Vicar at Holy Angels Parish in Buffalo, NY; and Our Lady of Refuge Parish in Eagle Pass, Texas. Fr. Erving served as Pastor at Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in Port Isabel, Texas; and Our Lady of Refuge Parish in Roma, Texas. While in Buffalo, NY, Fr. Erving hosted a radio program on The Station of the Cross Catholic Radio Network. In South Texas, he was very active in the ACTS movement and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, as a third degree Knight. At the request of Bishop Daniel E. Flores, Fr. Erving also served as Director of the Respect Life Apostolate of the Diocese of Brownsville. In addition to his Oblate family, Fr. Erving is survived by his parents, Joseph and Eileen (Tierney) Erving; his sister, Elizabeth Gonzalez and her husband, Rubén Gonzalez; his brother, Daniel Erving and his wife Amy Erving; his nephews, Joseph and Patrick Gonzalez; and his nieces, Annabelle Gonzalez, Grace Erving, and Nora Erving. Fr. Erving will be remembered with respect and esteem by his Oblate brothers and all the people who were recipients of his pastoral care. Funeral services will be held at Immaculate Conception Memorial Chapel at 285 Oblate Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78216. Viewing will take place on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 5:00 PM, and a Vigil/Rosary will be held at 7:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at the Oblate Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, 327 Oblate Drive, San Antonio, TX 78216. Condolences may be sent to the Erving family at www.theangelusfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by:

Published in Express-News on Mar. 20, 2014
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