Canandaigua VA Medical Center
Fr. James Jaeger
Fr. James Jaeger is no stranger to the Canandaigua VA Medical Center. His parents worked in Nursing Service for many years. Fr. Jaeger, then Jim, worked alongside his parents in the summer during school vacation. His mother Mary Jane, worked at the medical center for 26 years. She was the first recipient of the “Heart and Hand Award” for her dedicated care for Veterans. His father was one of the first male nurses at the medical center and was in charge of the operating room.
Fr. Jaeger retired from the Air National Guard in 2012, having had 30 years of Commissioning since seminary in 1982 and had 24 years of service as a chaplain. His rank at retirement was Lt. Col. He received the Meritorious Service Award upon retirement from the Air Guard in Niagara Falls which is the 107th Airlift Wing. He was the wing chaplain there and supervised three other chaplains along with the enlisted chaplain assistants.
Fr. Jaeger now works at the Canandaigua VA as a part time Chaplain, fulfilling his lifelong dream to not only serve as a Priest but also serve as a Priest in the VA.
His zeal for this calling has concrete evidence. From September to December of 2012, 295 worshippers attended his Mass which he provides on Monday and Tuesday in the Building 3 Chapel. Through the organization and use of several Eucharistic Ministers, 196 Veterans received the Eucharistic, another 125 contacts were made, and 16 Veterans were anointed in this time frame as well.
We appreciate Fr. Jim’s calling to the VA and look forward to his ongoing dedicated service.