Rev. R. James "Father Jim" Balint

May 6, 1930 - March 22, 2016

Rev. R. James Balint passed away March 22, 2016.  He was born on May 6, 1930, in Yonkers, New York.  Father Jim attended elementary and secondary schools in Yonkers and graduated from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. in 1951 with the degree of Bachelor of Architectural Engineering. Upon graduation he was employed as a civilian naval architect with the United States Navy in Washington, D.C.  In May of 1954, he entered active duty with the United States Air Force, serving at Dyess Air Force Base, Abilene, Texas.  He left active duty as a First Lieutenant in September of 1956, in order to begin his theological studies at The Catholic University of America.

In May, 1961, he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Dallas – Fort Worth and was assigned to St. Luke’s Church, Irving, Texas as an Assistant Pastor.  From 1963 to 1967, he was a teacher of religion and mathematics at Jesuit High School in Dallas.

Father Jim was commissioned as a chaplain in the Texas Air National Guard in 1963 and was assigned to the 136th Air Defense Wing at Hensley Air National Guard Base, Grand Prairie, Texas.  In December of 1966, he re-entered active duty as a chaplain and was assigned to Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.  Other assignments were to the Remote Site Ministry in Alaska; Homestead Air Force Base, Florida; Tachikawa Air Base, Japan; Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi; Aviano Air Base, Italy; and Bolling Air Force Base, Washington D. C.  He is a 1973 graduate of The Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, and from 1977 to 1980, he was a faculty member of The Air Force Chaplain School also at Maxwell Air Force Base.

In 1985, Father Jim was appointed The Command Chaplain for Air Force Logistics Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  And in 1987 he became The Command Chaplain for Military Airlift Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.  He was retired from the Air Force in the grade of Colonel on May 31, 1990, with 28 years and 3 months of service.

Father Jim returned to the Diocese of Dallas in August of 1990 and served as Interim Associate Pastor of All Saints Church in Dallas until he was appointed the founding Pastor of Prince of Peace Catholic Community in Plano, Texas, on December 19, 1990.

He is survived by his sisters, Margaret Murray, Bernice Flynn, and Judith Fasano, all of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Mary Lou Blute, of Plano, Texas; brothers, Andrew Balint of Yonkers, New York and Vincent Balint of Fairfield, California; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Margaret Balint, brother, John Balint, Jr., and sister, Kathleen Kane.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to our sister parish Las Mercedes in Honduras, John Paul II High School, 900 Coit Rd., Plano, Texas, 75075, or Prince of Peace Catholic Community.

A funeral mass will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at Prince of Peace Catholic Community in Plano, Texas.  A vigil will be held at 7:00 p.m., Monday evening at Prince of Peace Catholic Community, Plano.

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Fr. Jim was the Catholic Chaplain at Bolling AFB, DC, when I arrived there as a young man in 1983. He taught all of us in the parish, but especially the members of the Liturgy Committee, what it meant to give joyful and fitting worship to our God. Though I lost touch with him after we both left the Air Force, the lessons he taught have remained with me. May God bless him, and comfort his family and friends.
John Boulanger, March 29, 2016 I send my sincere condolences to the family and congregation of Father Balint. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve your loss. May memories of him give you peace and comfort.
Ann Frank Lucado, March 28, 2016 Fr. Jim will always remain close to my family's hearts. He was there for us as my wife took her journey to join the Catholic faith and recommended we marry on October 31st (Halloween) , the day before my wife became a Catholic. Even more special, he baptized four of my daughters. Our condolences go out to his family. Ruben Jimenez and family, March 28, 2016 Fr./Col. Jim has never been far from our thoughts. He stood tall and straight in breaking open the truth and beauty of Vatican II for the deacon class of 2000. Shalom! Dorothy & Deacon John De La Garza, March 28, 2016 On April 5th, 1998, my son Matt Brown, 11, was tragically hit by a truck one block from my home in Plano. He was riding home on his bike with a friend. When I was informed and made it to the corner, I asked that someone please call a priest to meet us at Plano Medical Center as my son was severely hurt. I was in the waiting room, and a priest walked in and said he was Father Balint from Prince of Peace. I was in shock from the accident in the first place, and now in shock again as he resembled my Dad and I grew up with a maiden name of Balint in Massachusetts. I told him this must be more than a coincidence- it must be a "God thing." We talked about him being from New York area, as my family was from NY/NJ and New Haven, CT area. We had to be related somehow? Fr. Balint was a huge comfort to me as they came out to tell my daughter and me that my son had passed away. A few years later, he called me to just discuss geneology and to give me some names in his family and where they were from in Europe. Last year when my Mother was visiting from Massachusetts, and died unexpecteddly at my home, I called for him at Prince of Peace. I was told he was out and had retired. But he did call me a few days later and we talked again. He was a wonderful priest and a kind man. He touched my life at some of its worst moments and made them easier. I will pray for him Barbara Balint Boykin, March 27, 2016 I am sorry for this tragic loss of such a visionary who had outstanding leaderships skills . He made an impact on earth and I an certain that he will in heaven. Scott Smaistrla, parisioner, Prince of Peace, Plano Scott Smaistrla, March 27, 2016 Many good memories of Father at POP helping me provide marital & family therapy to our parishioners in the late 90s. May he rest in peace so richly deserved . Katheleen Lizama, MSW, March 27, 2016 Father Jim was a man of compassion and great intellect. His steady hand will be missed. We pray that another is in the pipeline for Prince of Peace Catholic Community. Melina and John D. Hodge,Founding Parishoners, March 27, 2016 I will request Masses for the repose of Fr. Jim's Soul. May he rest in the PEACE of the Risen Christ. Paul Mangelsdorf Jesuit Class of '64., March 26, 2016 Father Jim was a wonderful, compassionate man with a great sense of humor and a good listener. He will surely be missed
Kathy & Matt Vanacoro, March 24, 2016 I was in three years of high school with Bob at Cathedral Prep until he left for Sacred Heart High school in Yonkers. May the good Lord be with you, Bob.
Rev. Msgr. Patrick J. Carney, March 24, 2016 Father Jim has been a key member of our family for over 40 years--both in the Air Force and as civilians. We mourn with his family and thank God for sharing Father Jim with all our lives.
Maj. Gen Jerry Carey and Joan , March 24, 2016 Ginger and I were blessed to serve with Father Jim at the founding of POP. He was an exceptional priest and a wonderful friend. May his entrance fully into God's Kingdom be celebrated by all who knew him, especially in this Easter season. Deacon John Hancock
Deacon John Hancock, March 23, 2016 Our love goes to the Balint and Marinoni family over this loss. From the first time I met Father Jim in 2008, I knew he was a Great Man of God. The light and love of Jesus Christ was always with Father Jim. No words can express your loss, other than we love you. My prayer is that God will comfort you in this time.
George and Sally Heery, March 23, 2016 Dear Balint Family.  We are very sadden by the passing of Father Jim. We are praying for your family. We thank you for sharing Father Jim so much with us. What a wonderful great man. We will miss very much and his visits with our family. God bless you. Nagy Family Steve,Debra,Lauren,Lindsay Corey
Nagy Family, March 23, 2016