Rev. Msgr. James Bartylla is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ordained to the priesthood in 2001 for the Diocese of Madison, Msgr. Bartylla has held various parish assignments as parochial vicar, parochial administrator, and pastor at parishes in Verona, Paoli, Kieler, Sinsinawa, Bloomington, Patch Grove, Mt. Horeb, and Pine Bluff. He served as the Director of the Office of Vocations from 2004 through 2009. He currently serves as vicar general of the Diocese of Madison and has been the Master of Ceremonies for Bishop Morlino since 2004. He also serves on the Presbyteral Council, College of Consultors, Diocesan Finance Council, St. Raphael Board, and Personnel Board.
About his appointment to the role of vicar general in 2009, Msgr. Bartylla said, "I'm very thankful to the bishop for placing his trust in me. The vicar general's office I envision to be an extension of the office of the bishop to serve the priests, parishes, and people of the Diocese of Madison. I look forward to working with the pastors as I take on this administrative position in the diocese."