St. Mary Pastors

175th Anniversary 2015

Rev. T. F. Fitzsimmons

December, 1840 to 1843
R.I.P. ?

Rev. Patrick O'Bierne

1843 to July, 1845
R.I.P. on March 20, 1883

Rev. Bernard Carraher

July, 1845 to December, 1848
R.I.P. ?

Rev. John T. Roddan

Father Roddan was born in Boston on January 12, 1919. He prepared for the priesthood in Rome and was ordained in the Eternal City in 1848. Returning home to Boston he was given pastoral charge of Quincy on December 10, 1848.  Eventually, he developed missions in Randolph, Abington and Weymouth. Growth in the Catholic population in Quincy led to building a new church in Quincy Center, rather than enlarge St. Mary’s.  A new church named in honor of St. John the Baptist was completed in 1853.  In 1863, this became the center of a new parish for all of Quincy with St. Mary as a mission. In January, 1856, he was made pastor of the old St. Vincent de Paul Parish in the Fort Hill area of Boston. He was a talented writer and contributed to The Pilot (as editor) and Dr. Brownson’s Review. Suffering from dropsy, he died young, early on the Friday morning of  December 3, 1858.  His funeral Mass took place at the old Holy Cross Cathedral on Saturday, December 4 with Bishop Fitzpatrick attending.  He was laid to rest in the old grave yard in South Boston where the original St. Augustine Chapel still stands. TOP

Rev. Aaron L. Roche

Father Roche was born in Cork, Ireland. His assignments included: Immaculate Conception, Easton; In 1856, he was appointed pastor of St. Mary Parish in Quincy and in Randolph. He was founding pastor of St. Bridget Parish in Abington from September, 1863 to his death on January 24, 1870.  He was 46 years old. Land was purchased in Abington by Fr. Roche in April, 1862 (Jesse Dunham estate at the corner of Plymouth and Central Streets) and construction got underway in September.  St. Bridget Church was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1863 by Bishop McFarland of Hartford, CT.  St. Bridget is the patroness of Ireland. During his pastorate, the parish included all of Abington, Rockland and Hanover. His funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, January 26, 1870 at St. Bridget Church.  He was laid to rest in the parish cemetery. TOP

Rev. William Hally

Father Hally was born in Ireland around 1822. He prepared for the priesthood at the Grand Seminary in Montreal and was ordained there on September 2, 1852. After his ordination, he assisted at Montreal and spent time in Paris intending to join the Sulpician Fatheres.  Poor health led him to return to Ireland and Montreal.  He was adopted into the Archdiocese of Boston in 1860. His first assignment was to Immaculate Conception Parish in Salem. In September, 1863, (or October 15, 1863) he was appointed pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Quincy. The new parish came about with realignment of parishes in the South Shore area. The St. John the Baptist Church was the center of the parish and St. Mary in West Quincy now a mission parish. The small wooden church at Gay and School Streets had been dedicated on November 23, 1853. Father John T. Rodden had charge of Quincy since December, 1848 and in 1850, all of Randolph. On February 3, 1868, he was appointed pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Salem. In a pastorate of twenty years, he established missions in the surrounding area that eventually became independent parishes. He remodeled the Immaculate Conception Church inside and out and provided a new organ. A school for girls and convent for the Sisters of Notre Dame was provided and the rectory greatly expanded. Declining in health, his took a leave-of-absence in November, 1887. His pastorate ended in October, 1890 and he was succeeded by his younger brother, Rev. Patrick Hally. He retired to Newton Highlands, living with his two nieces. R.I.P. on March 29, 1897 in Newton Highlands. He was 75.  His funeral Mass was held on Thursday, April 1 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Salem. Archbishop Williams attended and the eulogy was pronounced by Rev. Michael O’Brien, pastor of St. Patrick’s in Lowell. He was laid to rest at St. Mary Cemetery in SalemTOP

Rev. James F. Sullivan

Father Sullivan was born on June 12, 1829.  He attended schools in Worcester. He prepared for the priesthood at the Grand Seminary in Montreal and was ordained on March 3, 1855. His first assignment was to St. Patrick Parish in Roxbury. He then served at parishes in Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield. He then was pastor of two parishes: Gate of Heaven, South Boston, January 11, 1865 to February, 1868 (first appointed pastor); and St. John the Baptist, Quincy, February, 1868 to 1871. During his pastorate of three years in South Boston, he erected the first rectory on Fourth Street adjacent to the church. It was a brick structure with granite trimmings and its three stories capped with a mansard roof. R.I.P. on November 13, 1871. His funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, November 15 with the Most Rev. Patrick T. O’Reilly of Springfield presiding. The eulogy was delivered by Rev. James A. Healey. TOP

Rev. Francis A. Friguglietti

Father Friguglietti was born in Naples, Italy on October 19, 1837. He prepared for the priesthood in his native land and was ordained in a Franciscan monastery. He came to the Boston area in 1864. He served as curate at St. Mary of the Assumption, Brookline, Gate of Heaven in South Boston and St. John in Quincy. After the death of Fr. James F. Sullivan on November 15, 1871, he succeeded as pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Quincy and St. Mary as a mission in West Quincy. A major event in his long pastorate was rebuilding St. John the Baptist Church on a new and enlarged foundation. The church was blessed by Bishop Williams on June 14, 1874. Another major renovation was done during the period 1897-1898. He played a leading role in developing new parishes in Quincy. In 1875, he enlarged St. Mary Church in West Quincy. In 1874 and again in 1886, he purchased land to expand St. Mary Cemetery. On December 31, 1899, St. Mary’s was set off an independent parish. In 1877, he began building a church in the Atlantic section. The Sacred Heart Church was dedicated on September 14, 1878 by Archbishop Williams. An independent parish was established there on June 30, 1903. On October 20, 1877, he purchased land in South Braintree. On October 21, 1879, St. Francis of Assisi Church was dedicated. An independent parish was established there on June 29, 1903. He also erected a church in Hough’s Neck named St. Francis by the Sea, opened on August 13, 1893. This was detached in June, 1915 to form an independent parish named Most Blessed Sacrament. R.I.P. on Wednesday, June 3, 1903. His funeral Mass was held on Monday, June 8 at St. John the Baptist Church. Archbishop Williams attended. He was laid to rest at St. Mary Cemetery in West QuincyTOP

Rev. Msgr. Ambrose F. Roche 1899 - 1908

Msgr. Roche was born in Wincona, Minnesota on October 8, 1854, the son of Nicholas E. and Ellen Roche. The family moved East. He had a brother, James. He attended Chelsea schools and St. Bonaventure College in Alleghany, NY. He prepared for the priesthood at St. Joseph Seminary in Troy, NY. He was ordained on December 18, 1880 by Bishop McNeirney. His assignments included: St. John the Baptist, Quincy, 1881-1896. During his time at St. John’s, he was editor of the Quincy Monitor, a literary magazine sponsored by the St. John Catholic and Literary and Athletic Association. He was also a member of the Quincy school board. In June, 1896, he was appointed pastor of St. Paul Parish in Hingham. He had charge of missions in Hull and Nantasket. He bid farewell to Hingham on Christmas eve, 1899. On December 31, 1899, he took charge of the pastorate of the new St. Mary Parish in West Quincy, previously a mission of St. John the Baptist Parish in Quincy. A major event in his pastorate was beginning the construction of a new St. Mary Church. Archbishop Williams took part in the laying of the cornerstone of the lower church on Sunday, September 23, 1900. The church was opened at Christmas, 1900. In June, 1903, Sacred Heart Parish was established in North Quincy and St. Francis of Assisi Parish was established in South Braintree. Both were previously missions of Quincy. In July, 1908, he was appointed pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Watertown. On November 7, 1928, he was appointed pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Jamaica Plain. During the consistory in Rome in November, 1911, he was named a monsignor. He celebrated his golden jubilee on Sunday, December 21, 1930 with Cardinal O’Connell attending at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. He was known to be a scholar of music, composer, organist and singer. R.I.P. on Thursday, March 15, 1935. The Most Rev. Francis J. Spellman presided at his funeral Mass on Monday, March 21. The eulogy was delivered by Rev. Michael Splaine. He was laid to rest at St. Mary Cemetery in Quincy.  TOP

Rev. Henry T. Grady 1908 - 1913

Father Grady was born in Boston on January 8, 1863 the son of Mrs. Ellen Grady. He came from a family of four. He prepared for the priesthood at St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore. He was ordained there by Cardinal Gibbons on December 21, 1889. His first assignment was to St. Rose Parish in Chelsea (1890-1913). Father Grady was pastor of three parishes: St. Mary, West Quincy, appointed in July, 1908; St. Benedict, Somerville, appointed on September 27, 1913; Most Precious Blood, Hyde Park, appointed on February 19, 1923. During his pastorate in Somerville, he celebrated his 25th anniversary with a reception at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Monday evening, January 25, 1915. R.I.P. on December 24, 1929.  His funeral took place on Friday, December 27 at Most Precious Blood Church with Rev. Richard J. Cushing giving the eulogy. He was laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery in RoslindaleTOP

Rev. Msgr. Thomas R. McCoy 1913 - 1918

Msgr. McCoy was born in Marblehead in 1874, the son of Thomas and Sarah McCoy. Both were immigrants from Ireland. He came from a family of six. He was ordained on December 22, 1899 by Archbishop Williams. His first assignment was to Holy Cross Cathedral in the South End of Boston (1901-1913). Msgr. McCoy was pastor of three parishes: St. Mary, West Quincy, appointed on September 27, 1913; St. Catherine of Siena, Charlestown, appointed on October 5, 1918; St. Ann, Somerville, appointed on December 28, 1927. A major event in his pastorate in Quincy was the completion and dedication of St. Mary Church. Cardinal O’Connell visited for the happy occasion on Sunday, September 30, 1917. He was named a monsignor in December, 1945. He celebrated his golden jubilee with Mass for the occasion on Wednesday, December 22, 1949. R.I.P. on Saturday, September 7, 1951 at Somerville Hospital. He was 79.  His funeral took place on Tuesday, September 10 at St. Ann Church. The eulogy was delivered by Rev. Augustine S. Hargedon, of Marblehead. TOP

Rev. William T. O’Connor 1918 - 1937

Father O’Connor was born on January 1, 1867, the son of Patrick and Mary O’Connor. Both were immigrants from Ireland.  He came from a family of eight and lived in East Weymouth. He prepared for the priesthood at Niagara University. He was ordained there by Bishop Ryan C.M. on May 19, 1894. His first assignment as parochial vicar was to St. Joseph Parish in Wakefield (1894-1913). Father O’Connor was pastor of two parishes: St. Thomas the Apostle, Nahant, appointed on September 22, 1913; St. Mary, West Quincy, appointed on October 5, 1918. A major event in his pastorate was the opening of St. Mary Grammar School in September, 1931 on St. Mary Street. Four Sisters of St. Joseph staffed the school with a small enrollment. He resigned as pastor on March 16, 1937. R.I.P. on December 10, 1939 at his home in Scituate. He was 72. His funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, December 13 at St. Mary Church. The eulogy was pronounced by Rev. William H. Flynn, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Rockland. He was laid to rest at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Weymouth. TOP

Rev. James Henry Downey 1937 - 1948

Father Downey was born in Plymouth on January 3, 1883, the son of Timothy and Annie Downey.  He attended Plymouth High School and Holy Cross. He was ordained on December 18, 1908 by Cardinal O’Connell. His assignments included: St. Francis Xavier, Weymouth; St. Margaret, Beverly Farms, 1909-1927; Sacred Heart, Roslindale, 1927-1931. Father Downey was pastor of two parishes: St. Bridget, Abington, appointed on December 16, 1931; St. Mary, West Quincy, appointed on August 25, 1937. R.I.P. on Tuesday, December 14, 1948 while attending a 40th anniversary reunion of his classmates at the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston. He was 65 years old. The Most Rev. John J. Wright presided at his funeral Mass on Friday, December 17 at St. Bridget Church. The eulogy was delivered by Msgr. Patrick Waters, pastor of St. Bridget Parish in South Boston. He was laid to rest at St. Joseph Cemetery in PlymouthTOP

Rt. Rev. Cornelius J. Donovan

Msgr. Donovan was born in South Boston on January 29, 1887, the son of Cornelius and Helen T. Donovan. He came from a family of six boys. Prior to preparing for the priesthood, he attended the University of Notre Dame, graduating with the Class of 1911. He was ordained on June 8, 1917 by Cardinal O’Connell. He offered his first Mass on June 10 at St. Peter Church in Dorchester. His assignments included: St. Mary of the Angels, Roxbury, 1917; St. Patrick, Watertown, 1917-1919; St. Mary, Star of the Sea, East Boston, 1919-1927; St. Philip, Boston, 1927-1938. Msgr. Donovan was pastor of three parishes: St. Mary, Holliston, appointed on November 9, 1938; St. Monica, South Boston, appointed on October 20, 1943; St. Mary, West Quincy, appointed on December 29, 1948. He was named a monsignor on January 19, 1959. In 1964, the church underwent renovation in accordance with Vatican II reforms. The lower church was redesigned into a parish hall. The 125th anniversary of the parish took place in 1965. Cardinal Cushing celebrated Mass for the occasion on Saturday, November 6, 1965. He celebrated his golden jubilee in June, 1967. R.I.P. on Thursday, January 24, 1968 at the rectory. He was 80 years old. The Most Rev. Thomas J. Riley presided at his funeral Mass on Monday, January 29. The eulogy was pronounced by Msgr. John Mullarkey, pastor of St. Pius V Parish in Lynn. He was laid to rest at St. Patrick Cemetery in Watertown. TOP


Rev. John J. McMahon 1968 - 1988

Father McMahon was born on May 13, 1913, the son of James J. and Delia (Duggan). He grew up in Brockton. He was ordained on January 6, 1943 by Auxiliary Bishop Richard J. Cushing. He celebrated his first Mass at St. Patrick Church in Brockton. His assignments included: St. John the Evangelist, Canton, 1943-1948; Immaculate Conception, Weymouth, 1948; St. Margaret, Lowell, 1948-1950; St. William, Dorchester, 1950-1964; St. Mary, West Quincy, 1964-1967. In 1967, he was appointed administrator of St. Mary Parish in West Quincy. He succeeded as pastor on January 22, 1968. That same month, he celebrated the silver jubilee of his ordination. His pastorate ended on July 1, 1988. A major event in his pastorate was the closing of St. Mary School in June, 1982. R.I.P. on June 18, 1992 at his home on Cape Cod. He was 79. Cardinal Law presided at his funeral Mass on Monday, June 22 at St. Mary Church. The eulogy was delivered by Msgr. James Tierney. He was laid to rest at St. Mary Cemetery in QuincyTOP


Rev. Ronald L. Bourgault 1988 - 1999

Fr. Bourgault grew up in Salem. He was born on August 14, 1938. He prepared for the priesthood at the Cardinal O’Connell Minor Seminary, St. John Seminary and the North American College in Rome.  He was ordained in the Eternal City by the Most Rev. Filippo Pocci on December 18, 1963 at the Church of Cristo Rey. He pursued further study in Sacred Theology at the Gregorian University, receiving his degree (STB) in 1962. He speaks French, Spanish and Italian. His assignments have included: St. John the Evangelist, Beverly, 1964-1968; St. Columbkille, Brighton, May, 1968-1978. In May, 1978, he was appointed administrator of St. Andrew Parish in North Billerica. On January 9, 1979, he was appointed to a 3-man team ministry at St. Stephen Parish in Framingham. On September 1, 1984, he was appointed administrator of Assumption Parish in Lawrence. On July 1, 1988, he was appointed pastor of St. Mary Parish in West Quincy. He celebrated his silver jubilee there in April, 1989. The 150th anniversary of the parish was celebrated in 1990. On November 22, 1999, he was appointed pastor of St. Zepherin Parish in Wayland. His pastorate ended in June, 2008. Fr. Bourgault was removed from ministry on June 26, 2002 due to an allegation of misconduct. He was later cleared and reinstated. Father Bourgault was granted senior priest/retirement status on June 30, 2008 and lives today in New HampshireTOP

Rev. John M. Rowan 2000 - 2009

Fr. Rowan grew up in Arlington, the son of John P. and Margaret (Harrington) Rowan. He attended St. James Grammar School, Matignon High School in Cambridge and Boston College. He prepared for the priesthood at Pope John XXIII National Seminary in Weston. He served his deacon assignment at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Wellesley. He was ordained on June 3, 1989 by Cardinal Law. He offered his first Mass on June 4 at St. John’s in Wellesley. His assignments have included: Immaculate Conception, Weymouth, 1989-1994; St. Mary, West Quincy, 1994-2000. On January 1, 2000, he was appointed pastor of St. Mary Parish in West Quincy. His pastorate ended on January 9, 2009TOP

Rev. David P. Callahan 2009 - 2014

Fr. Callahan grew up in North Andover and Lawrence, the son of Gerald and Beatrice (Morin) Callahan. He comes from a family of five children. His siblings include: Gerald of Dracut; Susan Berry of Windham, NH; Patricia Nikonchuk of Methuen; Marion Simard of Forestville, Ct. He attended St. Michael and St. Patrick Grammar School and Central Catholic High School in Lawrence. After high school, he attended Merrimac College. He entered St. John Seminary in 1982. He was ordained on June 20, 1987. He offered his first Mass on June 21 at St. Patrick Church in Lawrence. His assignments have included: Sacred Heart, Weymouth, 1987-1993; St. Mary, Melrose, 1993-1997. Fr. Callahan has served as pastor of three parishes: St. Anne, Littleton, appointed on January 6, 1998; St. Mary, Franklin, appointed on June 1, 2005; St. Mary Parish in Quincy; appointed on May 12, 2009. On June 3, 2014, he was appointed parochial vicar at St. Thomas Moore in Braintree and Sacred Heart Parish in Weymouth. TOP

Rev. Louis C. Palmieri 2014 -

Father Palmieri grew up in East Boston, the son of Joseph and Marie (DeLuca) Palmieri. He was ordained on May 22, 1993 by Cardinal Law. He offered his first Mass on May 23 at St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church in East Boston. His assignments have included: St. Ann, Peabody, 1993-1994; St. Bridget, Abington, 1994-1999; St. Joseph, Holbrook, 1999-2003. On September 29, 2003, he was appointed pastor of St. Michael Parish in Avon. A major event in his pastorate has been the centennial year of the parish in 2008. On September 26, 2010, he was appointed pastor of Holy Family Parish in Amesbury. On March 1, 2011, he was appointed pastor of Star of the Sea Parish in Salisbury, while remaining pastor in Amesbury. In a new collaborative model for the archdiocese, he was appointed pastor of three parishes in Quincy on Tuesday, June 3, 2014: Sacred Heart, St. Ann and St. MaryTOP

 

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