WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 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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we conclude this year-long series by visiting with three individuals devoted to helping others in our communities, guided by their faith: Father Paul Kilroy, Rabbi Moshe Bleich, and the Reverend Sara Ascher. Father Paul Kilroy Catholic Chaplain / Campus Minister Regis College "The ministry is a way to help people find deeper meaning in life, to help people through their highest and lowest moments," says Father Paul Kilroy, Catholic Chaplain at Regis College in Weston. "I've been blessed with great experiences, combining both parish and campus ministries." When he was invited to be the Catholic chaplain at Salem State College in 1981, initially he was afraid of working with students. He didn't know what to expect. But he quickly realized it was fun to be part of their world. Still, he loves parish work, and it beckoned him back. He left the college after two years to serve first in Lynn, then in West Newton, for 12 years. When he added campus ministry into the mix at Northeastern University from 1993 to 2001, Father Paul found the variety it offered worked well. Meanwhile the Archdiocese of Boston was closing parishes. Then the crisis of abuses in the Church began making headlines. "It was time to move on," he recalls. In 2007, when Regis, a small Catholic college, needed a chaplain, he remembered how energizing it was to work with students. The former women's college was going coed, and he knew he could help. He applied. Father Paul says the crisis of abuse in the Church felt like a personal attack. "It has been a blight on our Church," he says. "But it's not a big part of students' lives. A lot of them missed the sacraments because as teens they didn't care. I tell them, 'I'll help you bridge your adolescent faith to your adult faith.' We don't all believe the same way our parents do, but we believe." 71 f a l l 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e The fourth in a series of articles profiling those who help to enrich our spiritual lives O ur R eligious L eaders facing page, top to bottom: Father Paul Kilroy, Rabbi Moshe Bleich, and Reverend Sara Ascher J A N E T M E N D E L S O H N writer M A U R A WAY M A N photographer

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