Rev. James P. Olson, M.Div., M.A., S.T.L.

Assistant Professor of Homiletics

Fr. Olson is a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and been on the faculty at St. Charles Seminary since 2003. He is also currently the President of Msgr. Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High School in Drexel Hill. He has previously been the Director of the Spirituality Year Program, the Director for the Office of Permanent Deacons, as well as a secondary teacher in school minister.


S.T.L. (Magna cum laude)

Dominican House of Studies, Washington, DC (2005)

Cert. (Youth Ministry)

St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, PA (1992)

M.A. (Theology, Magna cum laude)          

St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, PA (1988)

M.Div. (Magna cum laude)

St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, PA (1987)

B.A. (Philosophy)

St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, PA (1984)

Professional Experience
President, Msgr. Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast (2009- )
Faculty/Adjunct Faculty, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary (2003- )
Director, Office for Permanent Deacons, Archdiocese of Philadelphia (2006-2009)
Secondary School Minister/Teacher, Archdiocese of Philadelphia Secondary System (1990-2002)
Assistant Pastor, St. Cecilia Church, Philadelphia (1988-1990)
Professional Memberships
National Catholic Education Association, Member (1990- )
Catholic Association of Teachers of Homiletics, Member (2003- )

The Sacramentality of the Priest Preacher (Dissertation), Dominican House of Studies, Washington DC (2004)

Professional Endeavors

Fr. Olson has been a speaker on homiletics at conferences of priests and deacons. He is also been a frequent retreat director for deacons and religious sisters and has led many parish missions and 40 hours celebrations. He is also been an adjunct faculty member at Chestnut Hill College, Neuman University, and Alvernia University.

Awards & Accomplishments

Reverend Joseph A. Quigley Award (Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary) - "For General Academic Excellence, Leadership, and Contributions to the Seminary Community." (May 1988)