DeMatha’s president Father James Day marks 50th anniversary as a priest at school that is central to his life

When it came time for Trinitarian Father James Day to celebrate his 50th anniversary as a priest in December, the central event naturally took place at a Mass with the students, faculty and staff at DeMatha Catholic High School for young men in Hyattsville, Maryland, where he has served as the school’s first president since 2016, and where he has served in various roles for 26 of his 50 years as a priest.

“I wanted to do something with the students. They’re the reason I’m here,” said Father James, who as a priest of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity prefers to be known by his first name, which is a custom with that religious community.

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