Fr. John Connelly has been in residence at St. John the Evangelist Parish since 2013, when he retired at the age of 90 after 30 years as Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Newton. We are so blessed to have had him with us for the past eight years, and will be forever grateful for all the ways he has enriched our faith community with his wisdom, grace, and humor, and for the profound impact he has had on parishioners and staff alike. Fr. Connelly recently made the decision to move to Regina Cleri, the priests’ retirement home in Boston, and asked us to share this message:

I have enjoyed quite a remarkable tenure here in Wellesley, and St. John’s will always have a special place in my heart. While I do regret the abrupt timeline of my departure, circumstances have aligned to make this the opportune time for me to move to Regina Cleri. I hope to have more to share in the coming weeks after I am settled in, but in the meantime, please know that you will continue to be in my prayers.

A Message from Fr. John Connelly