Parish of St. Thomas More Manalapan, New Jersey


   Deacon James R. Davis


Deacon James R. Davis

Ordained May, 2003, Jim became a Roman Catholic in 1990 through the RCIA program. He has a Master of Divinity and his years of training as a Deacon. He is currently leading the Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help every Monday evening at Our Lady of Mercy. He heads the Prayer Chain. Jim also serves on the Parish Council. He works with St Vincent de Paul Society. Formally, he was coordinator of the Home Visitors, but now is Vice President. Jim also teaches Adult Education courses from time to time. Bible Study on the Gospels is the current course that is being taught starting in September, 2011.

Along with his wife Dorothy, he does volunteer work at the Samaritan Center each week. Dorothy also works with the Open Door tutoring program that is held in Freehold. Outside the Parish, Jim is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He is a third order Franciscan and has served as Spiritual Advisor to the Fraternity that meets in Lincroft, NJ. He also currently serves on the Manalapan Alliance Committee.

Jim and Dorothy have three children. Two sons are married. They have 4 grandchildren. The Davis family has lived in Manalapan since 1972. Both have roots in New Jersey. Dorothy’s family has roots in Manalapan since the 1700’s.

Jim is in the educational profession with many experiences in teaching, learning consulting and school social work. Jim has taught all levels of education from preschool to Graduate School of Education. He has been active in several professional organizations in the State, but currently spends the majority of his time in church related tasks.

Jim has written two books: The first is “Post High School Programs for Special Needs Adults in NJ” and more recently “Assistants Sociaux Entrainement Du Manuel” and “Training Manual for School Social Workers”. These publications are for third world countries. Currently they are being used in Catholic Schools and Orphanages in Uganda. They are in DR Congo and Cameroon in Africa. More recently, they are in Sri Lanka where it was translated in two more languages. Jim did a revision of the English version in 2011. Jim serves as a consultant to these programs through online contacts.









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