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On this page we are pleased to present profiles of those who serve the Harvard Catholic Student Center at St. Paul Parish.

  The Reverend William T. Kelly, S.T.D., Senior Chaplain and Pastor of St. Paul's Parish

You could argue that Father William 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 assumes the duties of pastor of the parish, senior chaplain of the Harvard Catholic Center, and head of, yes, the St. Paul’s Choir School.

Fr. Kelly 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, as the head of the school where he first had an inkling of his vocation to the priesthood. All for Jesus through Mary!!

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  Rev. George S. Salzmann, O.S.F.S., Graduate Chaplain

Although he began graduate school at Yale in molecular biophysics, Fr. Salzmann completed the Ph.D. at Harvard Medical School in biochemistry, during which time he was in residence at St. Paul's, serving on Sundays at St. Catherine's, Norwood. In between those periods, he was sent to study theology at the Gregorian University, Rome, receiving the S.T.B. and S.T.L degrees in theology, and had the good fortune to be ordained there in John Henry Cardinal Newman's church of St. George's at the Velabrum. After a brief period of research in early mammalian development at Hoffman-la Roche in northern New Jersey, he was appointed Visting 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 Catholic parish. He 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.

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  Rev. Mark Murphy, Undergraduate Chaplain

Fr. Mark W. Murphy was born on March 7, 1985 in Boston. He grew up in Burlington, Massachusetts and his home parish is St. Malachy Parish. Graduating from Burlington High School in 2003 he then began his priestly formation for the Archdiocese of Boston at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Seminary College in 2007 with a B.A. in Philosophy and then entered St. John's Seminary in Brighton for his theological studies. Prior to ordination, Father Murphy served as a transitional deacon at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Bridgewater. Fr. Murphy was ordained a priest on May 21, 2011 by His Eminence, Seán Patrick Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston. Upon ordination Fr. Murphy was assigned as the Parochial Vicar of St. Agatha Parish in Milton, where he served for 3 years. On June 3, 2014 Fr. Murphy began his assignment as the Undergraduate Chaplain of the Harvard Catholic Center and the Parochial Vicar of St. Paul Parish in Cambridge. He is also a Reserve Chaplain (with the rank of Captain) in the Massachusetts Army National Guard. Fr. Murphy earned a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Theology from St. John's Seminary. Since August 2013 Fr. Murphy has been a member of the Adjunct Faculty of St. John's Seminary in Brighton, where he teaches Catechism to the seminarians in their first year of priestly formation.

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  Ms. Marie-Claude Thompson, Earthen Vessels Chaplain

Marie-Claude Thompson received her Master of Divinity from the Jesuit Weston School of Theology in 1985. She became part-time staff at the Catholic Student Center in September of 1985 as a chaplain for the Earthen Vessels Tutoring Program she created. The Program matches Harvard undergraduate and graduate students with inner-city youth in one-on-one tutoring-mentoring relationships. As a chaplain her work with the 45 students involved with the program includes formation both practical and spiritual, through weekly meetings, retreats (on issues of peace and justice in the light of faith, the social teaching of the Church, and the discovery of life in the inner-city); individual supervision; and spiritual guidance for the students involved in the program.

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