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My name is Fr. James Northrop and I am a Roman Catholic priest serving within the Archdiocese of Seattle. I was ordained on June 7, 1997 by the late Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy.

I am currently the pastor of St. Brendan parish in Bothell, WA. I arrived in July of 2005. St. Brendan parish is a vibrant Catholic community and we also have a great school where we are able to educate children to be mature disciples who engage and transform the world through the grace of God in Jesus Christ.

My past parish assignments were:
  • St. Michael Parish, Olympia WA (1997-2000)
  • Sacred Heart Parish, Enumclaw, WA (2000-2005)
  • St. Brendan Parish, Bothell, WA (2005-Present)

I am also the Spiritual Director for Western Washington Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

Please take a few minutes to look around the website as I am constantly updating it. My hope is that it will give you a window into what a joy it is to serve the Lord as a Catholic priest.


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Recent Updates (Updated 2/5/16)
Recent additions to the website.
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A videocast I produce to communicate, educate, and encourage members of my parish.
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Weekly podcast of my Sunday homilies.
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Random reflections, rantings, and ravings on the beauty of life in Christ.
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Retreats, Healing Masses, Education Events
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I send out a Daily Thought with the hopes of providing a word of encouragement for spiritual growth. You can subscribe by clicking here and can unsubscribe anytime.
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Great conversion story of former atheist, new-age, Kelly Nieto from the Journey Home.
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Submit a Prayer Request and I will include it in my daily prayers.
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We are celebrating a special year of God’s mercy. Click on the link above to view great resources to help you rediscover our God who is “rich in mercy” (cf. Ephesians 4:2).
  • Pastor’s Corner

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    The Pastor’s Corner will be returning in early December. I will try and provide a list of upcoming topics in case there is something that someone is interested in.
  • Layout Changes

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    I am working on streamlining the content so that the most relevant information is on the front page.
  • Video of Testimony

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    When I was discerning a vocation to the priesthood in college I was desperately seeking testimonies from priests who would share how the Lord called them to the priesthood. This would have been very helpful to me but I was unable to find very many resources.

    In an effort to be helpful to other men who are discerning a vocation, I want to provide a video testimony of my journey to the priesthood. This will take a little time to put together, but I am working on it.
  • Fr. Calloway Video Added

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    I have added a homily from Fr. Donald Calloway when he celebrated Mass at the Marian Conference in Standwood, WA on June 25, 2015. It is a powerful message and you will see that someone made the mistake of interrupting him and challenging something he said during his homily. I think he handled the situation incredibly well. What do you think? You can view the video by clicking here.
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Prepare For Lent!
Read Pope Francis’ Powerful Message For Lent!