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 thirty-five 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.