About Deacon James G. Sneeringer, Sr.
Induction Class of 2019
Deacon James G. Sneeringer, Sr., like many members of "The Greatest Generation", lived a life focused on God, Country and Family. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. After returning home, he and his wife, Marian, began a 66-year marriage, raising six children, all of whom are Delone Catholic alumni. Among their 20 grandchildren are five more Delone Catholic alumni. Deacon Sneeringer spent the majority of his accomplished career in sales to support his family.
He also became a mainstay in many fraternal and Church-related organizations in the Gettysburg and Hanover areas. Deacon Sneeringer was one of the four original lay members of the Delone Catholic Board of Directors, a role in which he served for 26 years, including several terms as chairman. He helped the school navigate many of the challenges it faced in transitioning from a faculty primarily comprising religious sisters to a nearly all-lay faculty. He was a profound advocate for finding a way for students to attend Delone Catholic, even when they and their families faced financial hardships.
In 1983, he accepted a role that came to define his service to the Church when he was one of the first men ordained to the permanent deaconate in the Diocese of Harrisburg. "Deacon Jim", as he was affectionately known, served the people of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Gettysburg, the Adams Deanery and the Diocese for the remainder of his life.