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Fr. George was born in Philadelphia, PA. Although he began graduate school at Yale in molecular biophysics, Fr. George completed the Ph.D. at Harvard Medical School in biochemistry, during which time he was in residence at St. Paul’s. In between those periods, he studied theology at the Gregorian University in Rome receiving his License in Sacred Theology, and had the good fortune to be ordained to the priesthood on April 23, 1977 by Sergio Cardinal Pignedoli in St. John Henry Newman’s church of San Giorgio in Velabro, Rome. After a brief period of research in early mammalian development at Hoffman-la Roche in northern New Jersey, he was appointed Visiting Fellow in Molecular Biology at Princeton University, where he worked on the tumor suppressor gene, p53, and also taught bioethics in the religion department there. During his time at Princeton he served at St. Paul’s, the university’s Catholic parish. Fr. George is a member of the teaching order, the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. He serves as chaplain to the Harvard graduate and professional schools and is a member of the Senior Common Room at Adams House.
You could argue that Fr. Kelly was destined to become the pastor of St. Paul’s one day, as the idea of becoming a priest first occurred to him when he was a fifth grader at the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School (now called the St. Paul’s Choir School). On April 25, 2016, Fr. Kelly officially assumed the duties of pastor of the parish, senior chaplain of the Harvard Catholic Center, and head of, yes, the St. Paul’s Choir School. He grew up in North Quincy, the oldest of six children. He attended B.C. High, and entered the seminary directly from there, followed by five years at the North American College in Rome. He was ordained in 1988 and assigned as parochial vicar briefly at Sacred Heart in East Boston, and then St. Paul’s in Hingham. In 1996 he completed doctoral studies at the Gregorian University in Rome with the plan of serving as spiritual director and a teacher at St. John’s Seminary in Boston, a position he held for ten years. During that time, he was on the staff of the Institute for Priestly Formation at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and on the board of the Federation for Seminary Spiritual Directors, for which he served as president for three years. Fr. Kelly has lectured and led retreats throughout the United States. For five years he was director of the Office for Clergy Support and Ongoing Formation for the Archdiocese of Boston. In May 2010, he was assigned his first pastorate, at St. Mary’s in Dedham. And now, Fr. Kelly has returned to his roots in a sense, with responsibility for the very school that shaped his life, in addition to the privilege of serving the Catholics at Harvard and the wonderful parishioners of St. Paul's Parish.
Fr. Patrick Fiorillo hails from Franklin, Massachusetts. Having played the drums since he was ten years old, upon graduating from St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury he pursued studies in Music Production and Recording at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. In spite of his deep aspiration of becoming a celebrity rock drummer, while in college he discovered the beauty of classical and sacred music, which then became the focus of his recording work. The highlight of his brief career in music production was as a recording engineer at the Aspen Summer Music Festival in Colorado. Between late-night studio sessions and involvement with campus ministry, Fr. Patrick discovered his vocation to the priesthood. After completing his Bachelor of Music in 2010, he began his formation for the priesthood at St. John’s Seminary. Fr. Patrick was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Boston on May 21, 2016 and then spent two happy years at St. Ann’s and St. Brendan’s Parishes in Dorchester. In addition to his present assignment at St. Paul’s and the Harvard Catholic Center, Fr. Patrick serves as Chaplain to Pure in Heart America. In his spare time, he enjoys catching live music performances and continues to play the drums in Vatican III, a jazz-funk quartet comprised of priests who met while in seminary. Fr. Patrick serves as a member of the Senior Common Room at Dunster House.
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