WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2015-2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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So when Penny Foote of Weston volunteered in 2014 to help facili- tate mindfulness meditation sessions in the chapel, Adreani was delighted to help. The idea has been embraced by other volunteers and expanded to now include two daily sessions of 20 minutes each. They are held at noon and 12:30 pm, Tuesday through Friday, and are free and open to the public. Be it in leading a meditation or sharing in a one-on-one conversa- tion with a patient, visitor, or staff member, Adreani said she sees her role as chaplain as an opportunity to be truly present, and mindful of the spiritual needs of others. To do so, she starts most conversations with a simple, "How can I be helpful to you today?" Father William B. Palardy Rector and President at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston A Milton native and true Boston sports fan, Father William Palardy has Red Sox paraphernalia decorating his office at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary (PSJS) in Weston where he serves as rector and president. An infielder and pitcher in his younger days, Palardy now enjoys coaching first base when the PSJS softball team squares off against rival Saint John's Seminary in Brighton. The Saint John players may be younger, Palardy laughed, "but we've got more experience." At the time of its inception in 1964, PSJS was the only seminary in the world, outside of Rome, dedicated to preparing older candidates (ages 30 to 60) for the priesthood. The diversity of their life experi- ences and professional backgrounds enriches both the Seminary com- munity and their future ministries in the Church, Palardy said. As Rector, it is his responsibility to oversee the priestly formation of each candidate along his journey to ordination. Palardy made his own decision to become a priest relatively early in life. After graduating from Milton Academy and Harvard University, he attended Saint John's and was ordained in 1985. He served for three years as a parochial vicar in the Boston area, before pursuing his PhD 90 Our Religous Leaders W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6

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