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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 December 3, 2016)
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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“The Wild Goose” series will help you deepen your relationship with the Holy Spirit.
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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).

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”

St. Catherine of Sienna

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I purchased Foundation (for my birthday) which is a program that will free my website from the confines of a theme allowing me a lot more flexibility with design and content.

Expect a lot of changes in the next few weeks as I learn about this program and hopefully make visits to the website more pleasant and helpful.
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