NOTE FROM FR. MICHAEL – JANUARY 14, 2018

Good News! Cardinal Sean has appointed Rev. Richard Erikson as the new Administrator of Saint Mary Parish effective March 1, 2018. Fr. Erikson is currently the Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Sudbury since being appointed there in 2012. This brief bio may help you to know a little of his back ground and ministerial experiences.

He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Boston on June 8, 1985. He has a great love for the Lord, the Church, the Priesthood and serving God's people as pastor. Over the past 32 years, Fr. Erikson has followed the Lord's call in a variety of settings and ministries. He served as a parochial vicar at St. Mary's in Lynn (1985-1988), Chair of the Social Science Department and professor at St. John's Seminary in Brighton, MA (1992-1999), an active duty Air Force chaplain (1999-2006) and as the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia of the Archdiocese of Boston (2006-2011). While on active duty, Fr. Erikson served as pastor of Queen of Peace Catholic Community at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois and of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Community at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. He was deployed to Iraq from July through September, 2004. Fr. Erikson served nine years with our Special Operations Forces at Hurlburt Field, FL and 10 years at the Pentagon. He served in the Air Force Chaplain Corps as a reservist and on active duty for 35 years, retiring in April of 2017 with the rank of brigadier general. He is an avid lover of music and has composed liner notes for over a dozen compact discs. He is the author of Late Have I Loved Thee: Stories of Religious Conversion and Commitment in Later Life. A native of Watertown, MA, Fr. Erikson takes great joy in his family, which includes his father, his two sisters and their families and his brother. In both his civilian and military ministries, he has sought to build strong and enduring ecumenical and interfaith relationships. Fr. Erikson serves as an adjunct spiritual director at Pope Saint John XXIII Seminary in Weston, MA.

I know we all have the human tendency to compare this priest, teacher, chef, neighbor, co-worker, etc. with others we have known. Each Pastor/Administrator brings the Sacramental ministry of the Church as well as the many other gifts, talents and personality that is a part of the man he is for others. Fr. Erikson’s many years of ministry to the Holy People of God continues to be a generous expression of his love for God and the people he is called to Shepherd. May the Lord continue to bless the Parishioners of Saint Mary Parish and Fr. Erikson as he prepares to assume his new responsibilities here. I have shared with him the goodness and blessing you have been to me over these past months and know you will offer him your prayers, support, friendship and talents when he begins his time here. You may also wish to explore the website of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Sudbury (www. fatimasudbury.org) to gain additional insight into the life of the Parish he has lovingly shepherded these past six years. Their Sunday Mass is live streamed for parishioners and others.