Serving the Needs of the Parish
Our staff is consistently ministering to the needs of parishioners and the greater community. Clergy, lay staff and volunteers work together to administer sacraments, spiritual counseling and resources to fulfill our mission. We invite you to contact our staff directly with your inquiries.
Very Rev. Joseph Tizio,C.Ss.R, Rector
I have been a Redemptorist for forty-six years and a priest for forty years. Through those years I have served in seven parishes and spent five years working as a spiritual director in our former seminary in Suffield, Connecticut. Most of my parish ministry has been in the inner city, in a multi-cultural setting. I have served as a pastor in four previous parishes, my last parish being the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Brooklyn, NY. One of the things which has attracted me to Boston’s Basilica is its diversity and welcoming community. I thank God that he has given me the opportunity to walk with you on this beautiful journey of faith.
Rev. Robert Lennon, C.Ss.R, Parochial Vicar
As one of nine children, I grew up in the parish and attended Mission Grammar School. On June 23, 2013, I celebrated my fifty-sixth anniversary of Redemptorist priesthood. Throughout the years I’ve had many assignments at various Redemptorist parishes in Florida, Maryland, Vermont, Delaware and for the last fourteen years here in Boston. I am the director of the Healing and Restoration Ministry that was founded by Fr. Edward McDonough, C.Ss.R. in 1974. Following his passing in 2008, I have continued to conduct the healing services that take place on the last Sunday of the month at 2:00pm in the Basilica. We gather and pray together, for healing and strength through the intercession of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
Rev. John Furey, C.Ss.R., Parochial Vicar
I was born into the parish, attending both Mission Grammar and Mission High School. I spent twenty-two years as a missionary, working with Hispanic communities in Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo and St. Croix. As a parish priest at the Basilica since 1988, my role involves serving the Hispanic community as well as ministering to the daily needs of the parish through weddings, funerals, and masses.
Rev. Francis Sullivan, C.Ss.R, Parochial Vicar
I was born in South Boston and spent some of my youth growing up in this parish, attending Mission Grammar School. I was ordained a priest in 1959 and shortly thereafter was assigned to missionary work in Brasil in which I spent thirty years stationed there. My assignments have included serving parishes in Connecticut, Philadelphia, and New York. I arrived at the Basilica in July 2011, I’m happy to be near my family and to be ministering in the parish I grew up.
Rev. John Lavin, C.Ss.R., Parochial Vicar
I was professed a Redemptorist in 1961 and ordained a priest in 1966. My ministry has focused on serving the Hispanic community, from which my first assignment was as a missionary in Puerto Rico. I grew up in Boston and the Basilica was an important spiritual home for my family. During the late 1970’s, I was assigned to the parish to serve the growing Hispanic community that started to move into the area. I have held other assignments as Pastor of St. Cecelia’s in New York City and St. Michael’s in Baltimore. I spent ten years as a missionary to Hispanic immigrants in Annapolis, Maryland before coming to serve the Basilica for a second assignment to assist our parish’s Hispanics in 2009.
Fr. Lavin wrote a book in 2008, reflecting on his forty years of Hispanic ministry, entitled Noticing Lazarus At Our Door.
Rev. Philip Dabney, C.Ss.R, Parochial Vicar
I am from Annapolis, Maryland, the sixth of nine children born into a Navy family. I received my calling to be a Redemptorist while attending CCD classes at St. Mary’s, the Redemptorist parish in Annapolis. When I first became a priest, I thought I would follow in the footsteps of my uncle, Father Lawrence Lynch, also a Redemptorist from Brooklyn, NY, who served as a missionary in Brazil and then as World War II chaplain to the Fighting 69th, and was killed in action on the island of Okinawa in April 1945. But the province had other plans for my assignments. From 1978-2008, I served as a seminary teacher, a vocation director, and a seminary formator. In 2008, I was assigned to the Basilica as a parish priest. For me, the community life and the parish ministry here are “as good as it gets.”
Rev. Pierre Desruisseaux, C.Ss.R, Parochial Vicar
I come from Camp-Perrin, Haiti. Since I was a little boy, I felt called to become a priest. I pondered that dream for a long time, but after I heard a Redemptorist Haitian priest preaching at a popular mission in the area of St Gerard Church, in Port- au-Prince, I decided to join the Redemptorists.
I began my formation in 2006 and in two years professed my first vows as a Redemptorist. In December 2010, I came to USA to continue my studies and I spent 4 years as student in the house of formation in Boston. After my ordination on May 31, 2015 in Haiti, I was assigned here at the Basilica to continue the mission of Christ among the people through the daily activities of the parish. I am serving the Haitian community as well. We now have a Haitian Mass every Saturday at 7:00pm in the Basilica.