Fr. Chris VanHaight, O.F.M.
Fr. Christopher VanHaight, O.F.M. was born on July 31, 1965 in Boston, MA to Marie and Edwin VanHaight, a homemaker and a postal worker (both are deceased) and grew up in Stoughton, MA. He has a brother Douglas who lives in Stoughton. After attending public schools he went to the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA where he was a biology major. After he graduated in 1987 he entered the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and was stationed in Cleveland, OH. After the JVC, he returned to Massachusetts and went into biomedical research and from there into the biotechnology industry until 2001.
It was the turn of the Millennium and the Great Jubilee that prompted Fr. Chris to explore a vocation to religious life. After looking at several religious orders, he met the friars of the Most Holy Name of Jesus Province. After interacting with them in Boston and taking advantage of several “Come and See” weekends their vocation office offered, he knew that they were the friars with whom he wanted to explore his vocation. He entered the postulancy in the Bronx, NY in the summer of 2001. After a year in NYC and a year in the novitiate in Wilmington, DE, he entered the house of studies in Silver Spring, MD and began studies for the priesthood at the Washington Theological Union where he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree. He was solemnly professed on September 15, 2007 and ordained to the priesthood on May 24, 2008 by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in New York City. His first assignment after ordination was at St. Bonaventure Church in Paterson, NJ as parochial vicar. Relatively soon after coming to Paterson he left for five months to study Spanish in Mexico, and upon returning started the Latino ministry at the parish. In 2012, he was appointed the pastor of St. Bonaventure’s. In the summer of 2014 Fr. Chris was asked to become pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Durham. He is honored to be able to serve such a vibrant and diverse community. Contact: 919-682-3449, ext. 259 / email