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Priest celebrates 50 years since ordination

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - A Binghamton Episcopal Priest is celebrating 50 years of service to the Lord.

A special mass was held on Saturday at Christ Church in Binghamton to mark the 50th anniversary of the ordination of The Reverend C. James Jones.

Father Jim grew up Niagara Falls and, after spending time in the Army and as a school art teacher, he went to seminary.

His first posting was in Elmira and he was eventually assigned to Church of the Good Shepherd on Binghamton's Southside where he remained for 25 years.

After his initial retirement, he served at Zion Church in Windsor and is now a member of Christ Church where he occasionally fills in on the altar.

Jones says the support of his various parishioners made him into the priest that he is.

"You can't do it alone.  It is the community that is the most important thing.  When I have the community represented by all of the people here today, it was very moving." said Jones.

Members of his churches going back to Elmira attended the mass along with fellow clergy from the area.

Over the years, Father Jim was chaplain at BCC and he and his wife Joan were very active in the Broome County Council of Churches and had a close connection to other churches and ministers on the Southside.

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