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My Journey

        I began performing marriage ceremonies as a Catholic priest, ordained for the Archdiocese of Boston in May of 1968.  I served in parishes in the Boston area for many years.

 

        With a masters degree in counseling psychology, and as a licensed certified social worker,  I was founder and director of The Omega Hospice of Metro-West Catholic Charities.  My work consisted of organizational development, staff training and supervision, and the coordination of support groups on hospice-related issues.  During this period,  I did much public speaking, as well as many radio and television appearances.  My work was featured on a CBS documentary that aired nationally.   I am very comfortable before an audience or group, and enjoy meeting people from all backgrounds, religions and cultures.

 

         After 23 years of pastoral ministry, I began a formal leave of absence which continues to this day.I have traveled the world extensively, and am very comfortable in all cultural situations.

 

         Apart from my service as a Justice of The Peace in The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, I continue in social work and teaching as Director of the Institute of Professional Development and Education for Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group.  My role is to update health care and mental health care staff on the issues that concern end-of-life care and medical ethics.  I have done this most rewarding work for forty years.

 

          I am a single parent of a wonderful teenage son, adopted  from Guatemala.  He is the light of my life; and, he challenges me to continue growing in previously unimagined ways.  Significant relationships have a way of doing that.