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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Among his tools to teach about faith and life are mentoring pro- grams that put college students in leadership roles. "Men were drawn to Regis by the opportunity to play sports. My job is to get them off the playing field and into spiritual life," says Father Paul, whose ministry includes faculty, staff, and all students. "Several times a year, the mentoring program brings 12 to 15 high school jun- iors to campus. Some of them are questioning whether college is right for them. Others are the first generation in their family to consider going to college and think it's beyond their reach. When they talk with Regis students one-to-one, have lunch, and participate in Q & A ses- sions, the experience draws out the potential of everyone involved, giving them energy to grow." His office also coordinates service programs in places from South Dakota to South America. For 11 years, Regis students have helped improve conditions in a poor community in Peru. On four of those trips, Father Paul has been an eyewitness to the transformation that takes place when students of all backgrounds see how people manage with so little. He says, "Their eyes are opened. They return connected to the wider world." Raised in Dorchester and Quincy, Paul Kilroy received a bachelor's degree and a Master of Divinity degree from St. John's Seminary in Brighton. He lives at St. Anthony Parish in Allston and assists St. Clare Parish in Braintree and the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, who founded Regis College. Outside the church, he enjoys skiing, hiking, cycling, and walking as part of his focus on staying healthy through exercise. Since taking up cycling in his late twenties, he has enjoyed 10-day bike trips along most of the rivers in Europe with friends who also are priests. Four days a week he's at Regis where today student enrollment is 33 percent male and more than 50 percent not Catholic. Recently, an 72 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 6 Our Religous Leaders "I'm here to motivate and assist people—whether it's the president of the school, faculty, staff, or students. It has given me hope and affirms the value of higher education." – F a t h e r Pa u l K i l r o y

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