Father James Halloran, the oldest priest of the Diocese of Colorado Springs, died Dec. 24 at age 99. Bishop Michael Sheridan celebrated Mass of Christian Burial on Dec. 31 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Cathedral. Visitation took place at the cathedral on Dec. 31.
Father Halloran was born Dec. 13, 1917, in Bismarck, N.D., but most of his childhood was spent in Colorado. After three years at Regis College, he entered St. Thomas Seminary in Denver and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Denver on Dec. 18, 1943.
From 1944 to 1948, Father Halloran served as an assistant pastor at several parishes throughout Pueblo and Denver. He then served as pastor for over 10 years at St. Peter Parish in Fleming. From 1960-69, Father Halloran served as pastor at St. Anthony Parish in Julesburg. He then moved to Colorado Springs and became pastor of Our Lady of the Woods, St. Peter and St. Victor parishes from June of 1969 to October of 1970. From 1970 – 1976, Father Halloran returned to Denver to serve in the parishes of Holy Ghost and St. Rose of Lima. He returned to Colorado Springs in 1976 to serve as pastor of St. Peter Parish in Monument and as a chaplain at Mount St. Francis. When the Diocese of Colorado Springs was officially formed in 1984, he was incardinated, and that year he became pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Cheyenne Wells and St. Augustine Parish in Kit Carson. Father Halloran retired from parish ministry in 1987 but briefly came out of retirement to act as parochial minister of St. Michael Parish in Calhan in January of 1988.
Father Halloran was preceded in death by his brother, Father Joseph Halloran, who was also a priest of the Diocese of Colorado Springs.