Staff

Pastor
Rev. David M. O'Leary,
 S.T.L., D.Phil.
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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 received the Papal honor of being Knighted as a Canon in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. 

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)

 

In Residence:  Rev. Joseph Hennessey, J.C.L.

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Born in Dorchester, and raised in Braintree, Fr. Hennessey is the oldest of six children, with three brothers, and two sisters,  born to the late Paul R. Hennessey, and the 91 year old Sally Walsh Hennessey.  He has twelve nieces and nephews,  and one grandnephew.  After one year at Boston College, he transferred across the street to St. John Seminary College, where he met the future Fr. David O’Leary.  After graduating from the College, he took a five year leave of absence, during which he worked with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at a homeless shelter in Washington DC, attended Suffolk Law School for one year, and taught at St. Columbkille High School in Brighton for two years.   Feeling the call back to the priesthood, Fr. Joe finished the last two years of theology, and was ordained a priest in 1988, having earned his M.Div. and M.A. in Theology degrees.
     Fr. Joe’s first assignment was St. Margaret parish in Dorchester.  After four years, the Archdiocese asked Fr. Joe to work at the Marriage Tribunal, so he earned his Licentiate in Canon Law in 1996 from St. Paul University in Ottawa.  He worked as a Defender of the Bond and Judge in cases where one party sought a declaration of nullity of their former marriage.  While working at the Tribunal, Father resided at St. Ann parish in Dorchester.
    After the Tribunal, Fr. Joe ministered at Blessed Sacrament parish in Saugus, St. Joseph parish in Kingston, St. Therese parish in Billerica, St. Julia parish in Weston, and most recently for the last six years at Our Lady of the Assumption parish in Marshfield.  Fr. Joe looks forward to assisting Fr. Dave, both trying to be ‘good shepherds’,  to reflect the care of the Good Shepherd, our Lord Jesus Christ.
 

Permanent Deacon
Deacon Geoff Higgins

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Deacon Geoff Higgins was ordained a deacon of the Archdiocese of Boston in September 2011. He has been a parishioner since 1988 and, prior to his ordination, he served in various capacities including lector, religious education teacher and Parish Pastoral Council member. Deacon Geoff lives in Wayland with his wife, Peggy. Their son, Pat who is a Wayland High School graduate, and his wife Jenna live in Philadelphia and are the wonderful parents of daughters Avery and Nora. He is a graduate of Ursinus College with a history degree. He is a former teacher of English Learners (EL) at Donovan Elementary School in Randolph. Deacon Geoff is a member of Good Shepherd’s Knights of Columbus and volunteers as a Deacon Assistant in the Archdiocese Office of Diaconal Life and Ministry.

 

Director of Music Ministries
Jennifer Honen Emery
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Jennifer started working for Good Shepherd Parish at the beginning of March 2019. She is a seasoned musician, director, and educator, with decades of sucessful experience as an artistic administrator.  Focused on multi-sensory approach to Liturgy and Music.  Jennifer is a successful recording artist, composer, designer and memorable and impactful singer and pianist/organist.

Jennifer has worked in ministry at several churches, most notably St. Anthony Shrine in downtown Boston.  She has proven flexibility and experience in all styles of music and hymnody.  

 

 

Finance & Operations Manager
Liliana B. Lucas
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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 St. John the Evangelist Parish in Chelmsford. 

Among some special experiences, she was honored with the Archdiocesan Cheverus Award in 2010 and graduated from the Archdiocese of Boston Finance & Operations Manager Program in 2014.

Liliana was born, raised and married (to her husband of 39 years) in Ecuador.  In 1980, she came to the United States to raise her family and to pursue higher education.  She has 3 children and 4 grandchildren.  In her free time, she loves to watch movies, dance and spend time with family and friends.

Liliana is extremelly grateful to God for the blessing of working at Good Shepherd Parish and she welcomes the opportunity to be of service.  

 

Director of Religious Education and Family Ministries:
Sue Muldoon
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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.  

 

Director of Communications & Registrar:
Kelly McPherson
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Kelly has been married to her husband, Brian, for over 29 years.  She is the proud Mom to 2 daughters, one son and a son-in-law.  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 career at GSP with the Middle School Program.  She brings her enthusiasm and social media skills along with publishing and web design. Kelly spent her first decade here ministering to our Youth and has accepted the role of Director of Communications and Registrar. Kelly supports the Religious Education Program as registrar as well as helping to grow our parish through communications. 

 

Director of Youth Ministry:
Emilia Cowell
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Emilia is a California native who moved out East to attend Boston University! It was there that her faith came alive through experiencing authentic Catholic community at the BU Catholic Center. Always an artist, she received a BFA in Painting in 2013 and an MA in Art Education in 2014. While teaching in Boston Public Schools, Emilia felt called to serve and evangelize through teaching Confirmation at St. Mark’s Parish in Dorchester. Recognizing a need for ongoing formation opportunities for teens after Confirmation, she helped form a team of young adults to start a youth group. Eventually Emilia left her job teaching to take on ministry as full time work dedicating five years total to the St. Mark St. Ambrose Parish Collaborative. She now joins the team at Good Shepherd bringing her experience with young people and love of the Lord. Emilia is excited to build upon the strong foundation of youth ministry here in Wayland. She lives in Natick with her husband Jared and daughter Noelle

  

Administrative Assistant:
Kat Holmstrom
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Kat is a retired HS biology teacher who has been involved as a volunteer in parishes for 25+ years. She grew up in Kentucky, married in Ohio, and raised her three daughters in Indiana. In addition, she has two sons-in-law and is Grammie to seven littles.  She previously resided in Natick with her oldest daughter and family and recently returned from Michigan where she assisted with the care of her middle daughter’s children. Being near family is very important!  

Her hobbies include reading, making rosaries for family/friends, genealogy, and studying languages. She is currently learning Korean while she has studied Spanish, Russian, and signed English in the past. (Consider her at beginner level with each!).  She is newly registered as a parishioner here while residing in a nearby community.   

 

 

 

 

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