Father James Grant
The founder of Chaplains Without Borders is Fr James Grant. Father James has over thirty years experience in the field of pastoral care, and is widely regarded as one of Australia’s most innovative priests. Born 1957 in Adelaide, South Australia, James is a Catholic Priest who converted from the Anglican Church.
Schooled in Essendon, Victoria, Fr James joined the Commonwealth Police in 1977 with initial posting in Canberra. He has qualified as a martial arts instructor in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and scuba diving.
Theological Training and Anglican Priesthood
Fr James undertook theological studies at Melbourne University, graduating in 1984. Appointed to the UK as an associate priest, He became one of London’s first white vicars to minister to the expanding West Indian community James initiated his first interfaith gatherings in west London following the Brixton riots, after which he was appointed a short term placement to Berlin (west Germany) in 1988 and Budapest in 1989
Fr James returned to Australia in 1989 where he was Senior Chaplain at Geelong Grammar School for seven years, followed by two at St Michaels grammar and 6 years at The Peninsula school He was noted for his pastoral care with a focus on martial arts, football and cricket as methods for building confidence in students
In 2004 he was appointed a parish priest at St Stephens Richmond , then in 2005 Melbourne’s first team vicar for the new parish of Jika Jika in Melbourne’s north with responsibility for a large Sudanese refugee community.
As Parish priest for the Preston area, he was a strong advocate for the Nuba people, of Sudan, who are experiencing genocide.
As a leading traditionalist within the Australian church, Fr James supported the development to the Anglican Ordinariate in Australia and served on the national committee as secretary 2010-2011.
James was received into the Catholic Church and ordained as a Catholic Priest in September 2012 as a foundational priest for the Australian Ordinariate. In 2012 he was appointed National director for Ordinariate schools and to the Ordinariate governing council.
James has continued to develop missions including the Father James Grant Foundation which works with disadvantaged youth to develop and find work placements.
He is the first Chaplain appointed to an A-League soccer club in Australia at the largest Australian club, Melbourne Victory.