Fr. James Misko was Ordained on June 9th 2007 by Bishop Gregory Aymond at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Cedar Park. Father Misko first felt God’s call at Mass. He was an altar server, and said, “When I looked at the priest, I thought, I can do that, I’d enjoy helping people encounter God, I’d enjoy teaching and explaining Scripture.” He credits his family for nurturing his vocation: “In my family, the priesthood was always a clear and respected option in life. I never thought becoming a priest was anything out of the ordinary at all. It was what every Catholic young man should at least consider for his life.”
He was born in Los Angeles, and his family moved to Austin when he was in the seventh grade. Fr. Misko attended St. Louis Catholic School and Westwood High School. His parents, Tom and Gerri, are parishioners at St. Thomas More. After high school, he started college in California, but returned to Austin and graduated from St. Edward’s University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications.
While at St. Edward’s, he played baseball, sang in the university choir, and waited tables at Romano’s Macaroni Grill. Although he had never considered a career in the restaurant industry, he accepted a job as assistant manager. For seven years, his responsibilities expanded from assistant manager to executive chef to general manager/managing partner.
At age 30, he decided that if he was ever going to explore the priesthood, it was time to act. He had been discussing his vocation with Father David Konderla and his pastor, Father Larry Covington. He describes the transition to the seminary as “very smooth,” even though he had to sell his house and pay off a car loan. The priesthood appealed to Father Misko at two levels. First, he believed that to grow in his own spiritual life, he needed to focus on God’s call more intensely. Second, he saw a practical need for priestly ministry in the Church. He explains, “There was this constant asking by our priests and parishes for men to consider the priesthood, and every time I heard that call, I really thought that I could and wanted to do it.”
Fr. Misko earned two degrees at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston, an M Div. and an M.A. in Theology degrees along with as STB in Sacred Theology. Throughout seminary Fr. Misko served at St. Louis, St. Mary Cathedral, and San Jose Catholic Churches. After ordination he served for three years at St. Elizabeth of Hungary in Pflugerville. In July of 2010 the newly installed Bishop of Austin, Joe Vasquez, assigned Fr. Misko to Christ the King, in Belton.
In his free time, Fr. Misko enjoys cycling, golf, classical music (especially Gregorian chant), grilling on the patio, and travelling. He is a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus as well as a member of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher.