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Deacon Jim Dougherty is a married permanent deacon for the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) in the Diocese of Honolulu. Dougherty received a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Missouri – Kansas City; an MS in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven; and a BA in Psychology with minors in English and Philosophy from the University of Delaware.
For 27 years, he served as Executive Director of the DeLaSalle Education Center in Kansas City, Missouri, a national model of excellence in education for central-city high school students who needed another opportunity for success.
Dougherty participated in a Catholic healing ministry in Kansas City from 2006 to 2013. He has been published in American Jails and Deacon Digest. He has finalized an unpublished spiritual memoir about his son’s death and healing after tragic loss in an encounter with police in Kansas City in 2002, entitled: A Place for Us to Meet.
He and Karol have been married 43 years and have four children, three of whom live in Hawaii, one of whom, Aaron, in eternity. Their six grandchildren also live in Hawaii.

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Turning Points

August 8, AD2017 0 Comments
Turning Points

The first turning point came when our car initially broke down in Hawaii. I was 6,000 miles away in Delaware, caring for my 90 year-old-parents. Well, really, just my Dad. Mom had a few falls but still made mashed potatoes from scratch and watched over Dad to make sure he ate. She has done this […]

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Sending Books to the Future

July 7, AD2017 18 Comments
Sending Books to the Future

Twenty-five years ago, I started unknowingly sending to my parents, from one thousand miles away, the actual books I would use for my future spiritual renewal. The New Evangelization At that earlier time, my intention was simply to share with Mom and Dad the beauty and majesty of the New Evangelization fermenting within the Catholic […]

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The Joy of Pentecost(s)

June 6, AD2017 3 Comments
The Joy of Pentecost(s)

My first novena to the Holy Spirit was in 1974. At that time, I was purely motivated to pray this novena by an infatuation I had for a young lady. She broke off our relationship midway through my novena, but I was still hopeful and persevered to the end. She prayed in tongues, and I […]

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Living in the Paschal Mystery

May 7, AD2017 2 Comments
Living in the Paschal Mystery

Paschal Dad is still a bull of a man at 90 years of age. Manual labor and a strong work ethic have molded him into someone who could physically live another ten years. But he has a broken heart from years of disappointment, depression, and now, to cap it all off, dementia. He has regrets […]

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The Theology of the Body: Part II

April 10, AD2017 0 Comments
The Theology of the Body: Part II

theology of the body I have been waiting impatiently for the “theological timebomb set to go off.” This was George Weigel’s assessment of The Theology of the Body by Pope St. John Paul II as described in Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II (p. 343). Little did I realize that the […]

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The Theology of the Body: Part I

April 9, AD2017 0 Comments
The Theology of the Body: Part I

theology of the body 1979 was an exciting year. My wife was pregnant most of that year with our third child. This was not an entirely pleasant experience for her, although it was greatly ameliorated by her hopeful anticipation of a girl. Thankfully, our first daughter after two boys was born in late August of […]

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Brother Ass: On the Holiness of Our Body

March 3, AD2017 7 Comments
Brother Ass: On the Holiness of Our Body

I was helping my 90-year old Dad shower the other day. We have developed a little ritual using St. Francis of Assisi’s affectionate name for his body, “Brother Ass.” Dad sits on his tub-stool while the shower is running, and takes care of his basic cleaning. While he is still sitting, I scrub his back. […]

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Real Humility

February 6, AD2017 2 Comments
Real Humility

I asked for it. I really did. I knew that I would never find peace until I got down on my knees and begged for humility. Real humility. I was successful in what I thought were important ways. I was a daily communicant. At the time, I had been married to my wife, Karol, for […]

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Back to (Extra)Ordinary Time: Facing Depression

January 20, AD2017 1 Comment
Back to (Extra)Ordinary Time: Facing Depression

I left Hawaii’s extraordinary climate just before the New Year to be with my 90-year-old parents on the wintry east coast near Philadelphia. I arrived the day after my father was admitted to what my mother refers to as “the mental hospital.” Committed It’s my father’s first time in such a facility. He was committed […]

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