Fr James Mallon is the Episcopal Vicar for Parish Renewal and Leadership Support, Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Besides being a speaker on parish renewal and the New Evangelisation, Father James has hosted two internationally acclaimed DVD series – Catholicism 201 and Dogmatic Theology, produced through the JP II Media Institute which he founded in 2005.

He is the author of the best-selling book Divine Renovation: Bringing your Parish from Maintenance to Mission and in 2016 authored the Divine Renovation Guidebook, a step by step manual for transforming your parish.

Born in Scotland, Father James and his family moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1982. After studying at Christ the King seminary in British Columbia and St Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto, Father James was ordained to the priesthood in 1997.


 Fr James Mackay was ordained 9 years ago in his home parish of St Margaret of Cortona, Canning Town, London, in the same Church that he first became an altar server at 8 years of age. He trained for the priesthood at the Venerable English College in Rome, and after 5 years of priestly ministry, became the Parish Priest of the Parish of Our Lady of Walsingham (POLOW).

POLOW neighbours his childhood parish and is in one of the poorest and most crime ridden places in London. In spite of this, the principles of Divine Renovation have transformed his Parish into a vibrant family united in purpose to make God’s love known in East London.

POLOW is ethnically diverse, with a large Nigerian, Ghanaian, Polish and Lithuanian population. The blend of these cultures into a united family of disciples is what makes this community truly Catholic. Fr James is excited to share his story.