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Meet our priests: Father Paul Aveni

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Parish/assignment: Pastor, St. Mary of the Assumption, Revere

Place of birth: Weymouth, MA

How many brothers and sisters do you have? 2 sisters, 1 brother

High school: Plymouth-Carver High School

College/University/ Seminary: Undergraduate -- St. Anselm College

Graduate 1 -- St. Johnís Seminary

Seminary (Theology) -- St. Johnís Seminary

Date of ordination: May 16, 1998

What assignments have you had since ordination?

Immaculate Conception, Revere 1998-2003, Parocial Vicar; St. John the Evangelist, N. Chelmsford, 2003-2005, Parochial Vicar; St. Joseph Holbrook, Pastor, 2005-2007; St. Mary of the Assumption, Pastor, 2007-Present

What have been some of the greatest joys for you as a priest?

All that encompasses parish ministry, I find it especially fulfilling to comfort those who are mourning the loss of a loved one. I enjoy celebrating the Eucharist with my parish community, and I enjoy interacting with the youth.

Who influenced your vocation most to consider the priesthood?

The Benedictine Monks of St. Anselm Abbey, Father Robert Reed

What events or practices in your life helped you to discover and discern your call to the priesthood?

Growing up in a Catholic family, campus ministry at St. Anselm College and parish involvement at Immaculate Conception in Malden

What is one of your favorite scripture passages and why?

The Prologue in the Gospel of St. John, for the way it announces the incarnation, especially, ďAnd the Word became flesh, and made his dwelling among us.Ē

What are some of your hobbies?

Spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking

What advice would you give to a young man who is considering the priesthood?

To be attentive to Godís calling, especially when it is experienced though other people. Be open to people when they tell you that they think you would make a good priest. God communicates to us through people around us.

What are some of your favorite books/ spiritual reading/magazines?

Harry Potter series, The Chronicles of Narnia, Father Elijah

Through the cardinal, God is calling each of us personally to help rebuild his Church. How must the priest respond to this mandate today?

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