Fr. Richard Erikson, St. Mary's Pastoral Administrator
Fr. Richard Erikson began his ministry as our Pastoral Administrator on April 19, 2018. He has a great love for the Lord, the Church, the Priesthood and serving God's people in parish ministry. Over the past 33 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 (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). From 2012 until his arrival at St. Mary's, he was pastor of Our Lady of Fatima in Sudbury.
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 ten 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, 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.