This post was originally published in January 2015.
Msgr. Felix Ojimba announces at Mass on Sunday that Rev. Fr. Vincent E. Daily will be the new Pastor for Tri-Parish Family: St. Angela’s/St. Gregory’s/St. Matthew’s Parish Family; more precisely Mattapan-Dorchester Tri-Parish Collaborative.
Last September (2014) and in accord with the implementation of Phase III of Disciples in Mission, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, OFM Cap., accepted the resignations of both Rev. William P. Joy and Rev. Vincent E. Daily – respectively pastors of St. Angela’s and St. Matthew’s Parishes and of St. Gregory’s Parish.
Fr. Daily succeeded Monsignor Paul Ryan as Pastor at St. Gregory’s Parish in 2008. He was Parochial Vicar at St. Ann Parish and St. Catherine of Genoa Parish in Somerville before he was appointed as Pastor at St. Gregory’s by Cardinal Sean on June 1, 2008. It was at St. Gregory’s Parish that Fr. Daily began his priesthood in 1990 as a curate under Monsignor Paul Ryan – his first Pastor and also predecessor. Fr. Daily is a member of the Presbyteral Council of Archdiocese of Boston.
Fr. Joy will have been our Pastor at St. Angela’s Parish for over two decades and at St. Matthew’s Parish for over twelve years.
Both Fr. Joy and Fr. Daily can track their local roots to the Dorchester and Lower Mills area, and even further back to Ireland. I’ve had numerous opportunities to meet them both together, notably since 2009 after they both began sharing duties at a pivotal moment of their parishes’ history when a new central grammar school system – formerly Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy, now Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy – was launched for Dorchester and Mattapan.
Last October (2014), they were both present at the beginning of a joint meeting of the three parishes’ Pastoral Councils, Finance Committees, staffs and staff from the Archdiocese of Boston at St. Gregory’s Auditorium. In the same month, Father Joy highlighted in a letter to all parishioners that his “two parishes will form a working collaborative with St. Gregory’s Parish”, and he will not “reapply for the pastorate of this new collaborative.”
Fr. Bill Joy will be leaving St. Angela’s and St. Matthew’s Parishes in the Spring of this year.
Fr. Vin Daily is appointed as the new Pastor for this new Collaborative: St. Angela’s / St. Gregory’s / St. Matthew’s. The effective date of this action is not yet clear for us. An update will follow.
We joyfully welcome Fr. Vincent Daily and we are looking forward for opportunities to help him make our new collaborative a success.
May Jesus – Our Lord and Savior – bless him and empower him in his service ministry in Dorchester and Mattapan.