WASHINGTON (November 8, 2000) -- Chicago Archdiocesan priest John A. Jamnicky has been named Coordinator of Mobility Apostolates in the Department of Migration and Refugee Services, Office of Pastoral Care for Migrants and Refugees, at the U.S. Catholic Conference. His appointment became effective September 15.
The coordinator of mobility apostolates, a new post within PCMR, is charged with overseeing national efforts of Catholic seaport chaplains and airport chaplains, as well as those involved with trucker ministry and Christian ministry in the national parks.
Father Jamnicky comes to the post after 18 years as the Catholic chaplain at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, making him the senior Catholic airport chaplain in the United States. He has also served chaplaincies at Cook County Jail in Chicago from 1972-1974; San Quentin Prison in California from 1969; Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago in 1969-1970; and at the North Chicago Veterans Administration Hospital from 1967-1969. He was also chaplain with the U.S. Air Force/Illinois Air National Guard, with the rank of captain.
He graduated with a bachelor of arts and a master of divinity from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois, in 1972, and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago on May 10, 1972.
In his new post, Father Jamnicky will be responsible for maintaining communications with the bishops of dioceses with seaports and airports on matters relating to the spiritual good of seafarers and air travelers and visitors to National Parks, promote the work of the Apostleship of the Sea (AOS), and provide guidance chaplains in seaports, air ports and in national parks.
PCMR is a unit of the Department of Migration and Refugee Services.