Fr. James Walling was born in 1968, and is a native of Jackson, Michigan. He joined the Fathers of Mercy in 1994, professed first vows on August 15, 1995, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 31, 2001. Fr. James has served in parish work, as a college chaplain, and on the Mission Band of the community before his current assignment as the chaplain at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, outside of Green Bay, Wisconsin.