Father Jay Biber spent his first 21 years in Barrington, Rhode Island, attending public schools there through 9th grade, then attending Our Lady of Providence Seminary High School and College in preparation for becoming a priest. He completed his seminary study with three postgraduate years at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, but, upon completion of his academic work there, then left the seminary and entered the business world for 10 years.
He received an MBA in Finance and International Business from New York University, finishing the degree in 1975/76 as one of ten exchange students at HEC (Jouy-en-Josas, France) and the London Business School, and his business career involved working for American firms in New York, Paris, and Boston, in the areas of international banking, specialty chemicals for foundry, and nuclear power plant construction.
In 1982, he again became interested in exploring the possibility of a vocation to the Catholic priesthood, and at the invitation of a friend, took a look at the Diocese of Richmond. Ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Walter Sullivan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in 1985, he served parishes in Richmond, Lexington, Powhatan, Virginia Beach, Petersburg, and Caroline County.
In addition to pastoral responsibilities at the parishes and schools he served, he maintained a constant involvement with several lay-led ministries, such as Cursillo, Catholic Engaged Encounter, Rachel's Vineyard (weekend gatherings to bring healing to those who have suffered from abortions), and Grief to Grace (week-long retreats for those seeking healing from abuse).
Retiring from parish ministry in the summer of 2017, on his 70th birthday, he moved to Lexington in the Shenandoah Valley, where, in addition to weekend parish coverage throughout the central and western parts of the diocese, he works to help develop evangelism among college students and young adults wherever such opportunities develop. He particularly seeks to have a hand, working with the young, in seeing the church reclaim her role and influence as shaper of culture, challenging the secular narratives by which most of us are unconsciously shaped today, and recreating in new lively forms the classical narratives by which the Christian lives.
He currently serves on the Board of the Living Scripture Institute in King of Prussia, PA, using his business background to solicit major donors and to help develop the organization to accommodate the explosive growth of Rachel's Vineyard (healing form trauma of abortion), Grief to Grace (healing from the trauma of abuse) and Duty to Heal (a retreat for healing the grief experienced by soldiers and first responders which is in the testing phase in 2019).
This past summer, he returned to the South of France near Nice and Cannes, where he filled two months, offering Masses, confessions, spiritual direction, and retreat conferences, and living with the of community of single and married lay people at the Foyer de Charite in Roquefort-les-Pins. He was also a part of the team which offered the Grief of Grace retreat, a week-long experience bringing healing to those who have suffered abuse in their lives, for the first time in French.
Father Jay Biber will be speaking at all weekend Masses beginning on Saturday, March 7 & 8th
Monday, March 9th - Mission talk begins at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 10th - Mission talk and Penance Service beginning at 7 p.m. - English and Spanish is available
Wednesday, March 11th - Final Mission talk at 7 p.m.