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Meet our priests: Father Paul Soper


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Parish/assignment: Blessed Mother Teresa, Dorchester

Place of birth: Weymouth

How many brothers and sisters do you have? 3

High school: Weymouth North High School

College/University/ Seminary

Undergraduate -- Harvard College

Graduate -- St. John’s Seminary

Date of ordination: 1990

What assignments have you had since ordination?

St. John’s in Wellesley; Campus Ministry at UMass Lowell and St. Rita’s in Lowell; St. Anthony’s in Revere; St. Alphonsus in Beverly/Danvers; Blessed Mother Teresa in Dorchester

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

Saying Mass and preaching Holy Week and the Easter Triduum; LIFT

Who influenced your vocation most to consider the priesthood?

Father Dan Quinn

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

A strong family upbringing, where Catholicism was integrated into daily life. Daily Mass when at college.

What is one of your favorite scripture passages and why?

The Road to Emmaus -- On the most important day in human history, Jesus spends most of it walking along with a couple of unknown disciples who are discouraged.

What are some of your hobbies?

Astronomy, electronics, computer programming, comic books.

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

Go to daily Mass, establish a life of prayer, have regular conversations with others who are like-minded.

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

“The Lord of the Rings”, the letters of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Nuts and Volts magazine

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

By being upbeat and positive about the life of the Church, by being open to the process of pastoral planning, by being faithful to a life of prayer

When Cardinal Sean came to Boston, he wrote a pastoral letter entitled: “Vocations: Everybody’s Business.” What are some ways that we can help all individuals and families understand their role in promoting and supporting vocations?

Having an active vocations committee in each parish, encouraging young people to consider vocations through youth ministry, Catholic schools, and other parish activities.

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