Bishop Steven Raica of the Diocese of Birmingham, appointed Fr. Jon Chalmers as the next Pastor of Prince of Peace Catholic Church effective July 5, 2022. Fr. Chalmers appointment follows the retirement of our second Pastor, Fr. John Fallon who has served faithfully for the past 23 years.
“Fr. Fallon and the Prince of Peace community have built a wonderful parish where all are welcome! It’s a dynamic and inclusive community where we preach the Gospel, celebrate the sacraments, and grow in the Christian life of engagement, worship, and celebration. I’m so excited and thankful to be sharing in this ministry as Pastor for the years to come,” said Fr. Jon.
Father Fallon said, “When you are Pastor at a church for a long time, and you love the church community, there is great comfort in knowing that Prince of Peace will be in good hands. Father Chalmers brings a rich background and impressive set of credentials to us. As I begin my retirement, I could not be more grateful that Father Chalmers will lead Prince of Peace as our new pastor.”
For the past year, Fr. Chalmers has been Associate Pastor at Prince of Peace and has come to know and love the parish. Prior to his time at Prince of Peace, he was Pastor of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Gate City where he served for the prior four years. Fr. Chalmers also serves as Executive Vice-President of John Carroll Catholic High School in Birmingham.
Fr. Jon grew up outside of Pittsburgh, PA; finished high school in New Jersey; and started college in Chicago. A series of wildly improbable events brought him to Alabama for what he thought would be a brief visit. Now almost thirty years later, he has found a welcoming home and several vocations in Alabama. Fr. Jon finished his undergraduate degree at The University of Alabama and then worked with the university for another 12 years. In his last role there, he was Director of the Program for Rural Services and Research where he worked with communities throughout Alabama in public education, economic development, arts, and community health.
As a graduate of Yale Divinity School and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, he has also served as president of Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School from 2015-2021 and worked in Catholic healthcare in the areas of mission leadership, formation, spiritual care, and bioethics.
Formerly an Episcopal priest, Fr. Jon received a dispensation from the obligation of celibacy from Pope Benedict XVI and was ordained in 2012. As such, he is the only married priest in the Diocese of Birmingham. He is the husband of Margaret, a civil and canon lawyer who is Moderator of the Diocesan Tribunal, and the father of teenage sons, David and Thomas.
Fr. Jon has a passion for old roads, old houses, local history, and wilderness trails. He is a 2020 graduate of Leadership Birmingham.