Father James Bradley is Assistant Professor of Canon Law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He is a Priest and Vice-Chancellor of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.
Born in the south of England, Father Bradley was a chorister at Winchester Cathedral and educated in West Sussex. He graduated with a degree in music from the University of Bristol, and read for orders in the Church of England at Saint Stephen’s House, a permanent private hall of the University of Oxford, gaining a degree in Theology. He served as Assistant Curate of Saint John the Baptist, Sevenoaks, until, together with the Vicar and around forty members of the parish, he was received into the full communion of the Catholic Church in 2011 as part of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.
He was ordained to the diaconate on 7 May 2011 by Bishop John Hine at Aylesford Priory, and to the priesthood by Bishop Alan Hopes on 21 April 2012 at Saint Patrick’s, Soho Square. He served as Private Secretary to the Ordinary and Communications Officer, whilst in residence in parishes in the Archdiocese of Southwark and the Archdiocese of Westminster. During this time he also completed an M.A. in Canon Law at the University of London. In August 2013, Father Bradley was assigned to full-time studies in Canon Law at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. He completed both the licentiate (J.C.L) and doctorate (J.C.D.) in Canon Law with a dissertation entitled, “The Provenance and Purpose of Personal Ordinariates Erected under the Auspices of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Cœtibus.”
From 2017-2020 Father Bradley served as Priest-in-Charge of Holy Family, Southampton. He is presently undertaking a doctorate in Liturgical Studies at the University of Vienna.