Rest in Peace Deacon Jim Caulfield

It is with great sadness that we share with you the news that, after much illness, Deacon Jim Caulfield has passed away this morning 16 May 2019, at home, having been discharged from hospital only hours earlier. He was but 69 years of age. He is survived by his wife Gayle whom he married in 1972, his four children Joshua, Christian, Rebecca and James-Paul, and his 15 grandchildren.

We extend to Gayle and Jim’s family our deepest sympathy at this very sad time.

James Owen Caulfield was born in Katoomba NSW to Richard and Joyce on 23 July 1949, the youngest of three children. Deacon Jim and his family grew up in Katoomba and Oatley NSW, and was educated by both the De La Salle Brothers in Lakemba and Marist Brothers in Penshurst.

Deacon Jim CaulfieldAfter completing his secondary education he commenced a three-year Auto Design & Report course at St George TAFE.  His career then moved to a different path. He worked from 1978 to 1980 for the Music Man Gosford, Lowrey Organ retail business.  From 1980 to 1982 he was the Assistant State Manager of Norlin Music Australia and from 1983 to 1985 he was the National Sales & Marketing Manager for Tokai Music Australia.  In 1986 he started his own business “Pinewood Studios Retail” which he successfully owned until 1994. 

Deacon Jim has been remarkably committed to his faith and his service to the Church. Has was instituted as an Acolyte in 1985 by Bishop Patrick Murphy. He and Gayle have been active Catechists in a number of parishes since 1993. He was employed as Advocate for the Regional Tribunal in March 2001.

Between the years of 1990 and 2000 Jim completed a number of tertiary qualifications including a Bachelor of Theology and the Diploma from the Institute of Tribunal Practice.

Deacon Jim entered the Diaconate Program in 2001 and was assigned to Woy Woy Parish from which he also undertook pastoral ministry at the Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre, Kariong.

On 16 April 2004 Deacon Jim was ordained alongside Deacon Paul Simmons and Deacon David Huntley (deceased) as the first Permanent Deacons for the Diocese of Broken Bay.  The Ordination was celebrated at Corpus Christi Cathedral, St Ives. Deacon Jim then commenced his appointment at Warnervale Parish.

In early 2015 whilst still at Warnervale, Deacon Jim took on the role of Manager for the 1300 PRIEST service and in July 2017 after 13 years at Warnervale Parish, Deacon Jim was appointed as the Chaplaincy Support Officer for the Central Coast Hospitals. He held this position until his retirement on 1 March 2018 due to his declining health.

I ask that you join me in keeping Deacon Jim in your prayers, along with Gayle and their family during this sad time. We give heartfelt thanks to God for Deacon Jim’s gift of ministry and for his gracious and generous spirit.

May eternal rest be granted him O Lord, and perpetual light shine upon him.