Father Jim Whalen was born in Val d'Or, Quebec, and was ordained in Ottawa in 1972. Since his ordination. Father Jim has worked as assistant pastor or pastor in many Ottawa churches, including St. George's, St. Theresa's, Resurrection and St. Margaret Mary's. He has also been involved in other areas of service to the Church, including acting as chaplain to native people (1972-1989) and serving as Regional Vicar (1984-1989). Father Jim has also been active in the Companions of the Cross.