Staff

Administrator
Rev. David M. O'Leary,
 S.T.L., D.Phil.
frdave@goodshepherdwayland.org

Fr. David O’Leary is a priest and educator, whose most recent assignment before joining the staff at Good Shepherd Parish, Wayland was as Parochial Vicar at Immaculate Conception Parish in Malden/Medford. He was Administrator of Incarnation Parish in Melrose, MA. Also, Temporary Administrator at Saint Anne Parish in Readville/Hyde Park section of Boston. Before that he was Temporary Parochial Vicar at St. Patrick Parish in Natick, MA. He has served as the Administrator of Saint Margaret Parish in Burlington, MA, St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Medford, MA and the University Chaplain for Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. He was a Senior Lecturer in Religion, International Relations and Medical Ethics at Tufts University.

Born and raised in Lynn, Massachusetts, he received both his B.A. and M.Div. degrees from Saint John Seminary in Boston. He then went on to earn his M.Ed. from Boston College and S.T.L. degree from Weston Jesuit School of Theology. He completed his Doctorate in Medical and Theological Ethics at the University of Oxford in England.

He was Director of both Goddard Chapel and the Interfaith Center at Tufts University and does work in spiritual direction, retreats, pastoral counseling, engaged and marriage counseling and a range of other duties as University Chaplain. He also serves as ethicist for many hospitals and nursing care facilities in Massachusetts.

Fr. Dave has done shows for broadcast for Catholic TV on topics such as “Catholic Citizenship”, “Praying with the Scripture” and “Understanding the Bible”. He has been interviewed on National Public Radio and featured in multiple articles in the Boston Globe. He has additionally written articles for the Boston Globe including “When Adults Become Abusers of Young People” and has published many books.

He has been elected to membership in the American Academy of Religion, Catholic Theological Society of America, The Council on Faith & International Affairs, North American Interfaith Network and the Society of Christian Ethics.

Fr. Dave was also the first Rector of St. Anselm Rectorate in Sudbury, MA.
He was ordained in 1985 for service in the Archdiocese of Boston.

Published Works:
Encyclopedia of Religions and Spiritual Development, 12 articles (2006)
A Study of Josef Fuchs’ Writing on Human Nature and Morality (2005)
Roman Catholic Beliefs and Prayers, A Handbook for those on a Spiritual Journey (2001)
Seeking the Path of God’s Justice, An Analysis of the U.S. Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Economic Justice (2001)
The Roman Catholic Perspective on the Morality of Withdrawing or Withholding Food and Fluid Administered Artificially to an Individual in the Persistent Vegetative State (1999)
A Vision of Catechesis for Today and Pointers on Catechetical Instruction (1996)

Permanent Deacon
Deacon Geoff Higgins

ghiggins@goodshepherdwayland.org

Deacon Geoff Higgins was ordained a deacon of the Archdiocese of Boston in September 2011. Good Shepherd Parish is his first parish assignment. Geoff has been a parish member since 1988 and has served in various capacities being a member of the Parish Pastoral Council as well as a lector and religious education teacher. He lives in Wayland with his wife, Peggy. Their son, Pat who is a Wayland High School graduate, lives and works in the Philadelphia. Geoff has a B.A. degree from Ursinus College in history and is currently working on a master's degree in English as a Second Language at Cambridge College. He teaches English as a Second Language in the Randolph Public Schools at both the elementary and middle school levels.

 

Finance & Operations Manager
Liliana B. Lucas
llucas@goodshepherdwayland.org

Liliana joined the staff of Good Shepherd Parish in December 2018 Liliana brings vast work experience to her Good Shepherd assignment mainly due to her many years of service (19+) at a parish in Chelmsford.  Liliana is originally from Ecuador, South America, but adopted USA as her new home since 1980.  She lives in Chelmsford and has three children and 4 grandchildren.  

 

Director of Religious Education and Family Ministries:
Sue Muldoon
smuldoon@goodshepherdwayland.org

Sue is a graduate of Boston College with degrees in Theology and Psychology, and has a Master’s degree in Counseling with a focus in Christian Counseling from Franciscan University. Her experience includes serving as the Director of Counseling Services at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA and as a therapist at Center for Family Connections in Cambridge.  She has also served in ministerial and educational positions, as the director of a scholarship and mentoring program for young women in Pittsburgh, and as a youth minister at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta.  Sue has been a member of our parish since 2005 and has served on the religious education staff since December of 2008.  She and her husband Tim live in Natick with their children Grace, Katie and John.  

Youth Minister and Director of Confirmation
Laura Tringali

ltringali@goodshepherdwayland.org

Laura Tringali is a recent graduate of Boston College School of Theology and Ministry earning a Master of Theological Studies with a concentration in New Testament Scripture. She is originally from the “sweetest place on earth” – Hershey, PA. Prior to moving to Boston, Laura attended The Ohio State University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.  Laura has been working with religious education since she was an undergraduate – volunteering with RCIA programs, retreat teams, and liturgical ministry training. Before joining our parish staff, Laura worked as the Administrative Assistant to the religious education program at Lexington Catholic Community. 

Associate Youth Ministry Director and Family Faith Formation Coordinator:
Kelly McPherson
kmcpherson@goodshepherdwayland.org

Kelly is a proud mother of three children and has been married to her husband, Brian, for over 25 years.  She gained most of her "hands-on" ministry experience as a volunteer at St. Patrick Church in Natick.  After spending some years there, she felt God calling her to pursue a part time career at GSP with the Middle School Program.  She brings her enthusiasm and ability to cheer the kids on in their journey into a deeper relationship with Our Lord. Kelly has accepted the role of Associate Youth Minister and Family Faith Formation Coordinator. Kelly supports Sue Muldoon, DRE, with her K-5 program and coordinates the Middle School Program.  Kelly is involved in many aspects of service and learning opportunities including high school retreats and summer mission trips.  
 

Director of Music Ministry
Jody Pongratz

jpongratz@goodshepherdwayland.org

Jody began her pastoral music career in Holy Rosary Parish in Port Chester, NY where she sang in the choir, played guitar in the Folk Mass group, and was a substitute organist throughout Middle School and High School. She has been involved in music ministry since. Jody has an A.B. in Psychology and Social Relations (1982) from Harvard and an MEd (1983) from Boston University. Jody's studies at Harvard included several music and choral conducting courses. While at Harvard, Jody was active in music ministry at St. Paul's for the student liturgies and was a member of the Harvard Catholic Student Center. Jody has sung with the Harvard/Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, Back Bay Chorale, John Oliver Chorale, and the Heritage Chorale as well as other chamber groups in Cambridge.
 

When Jody moved to Wayland in 1993, she joined St. Zepherin parish and immediately became involved in music ministry. Previously Jody was director of Music Ministry for St. Zepherin Parish for several years in the mid-1990s and filled in as interim music director several times prior and since. She has also taught piano for over 25 years and has worked as freelance musician most of her life.

Administrative Assistant
MaryAnn Malovrh

mmalovrh@goodshepherdwayland.org

MaryAnn joined the staff at Good Shepherd Parish in September 2017 after retiring from a long career as a project manager in the computer industry.  She and her husband Chuck have been residents of Wayland and active members of our parish for more than thirty years.  

 

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Weekend Masses
Sat at 4 pm St Ann
Sunday
8:30am St Zepherin 
10:30am  St Ann 
*5:00pm St Zepherin 
*resumes September 9, 2018