Rev. Peter DeFazio is Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Voyage and Pastor of the South Boston Catholic Collaborative.


My name is Fr. Peter DeFazio. I am a sinner, redeemed by Jesus Christ. I start with that because that’s the crux of the Good News, isn’t it? The already righteous didn’t need a Savior. But Jesus Christ came to call sinners.

I am native of Waltham & Watertown, Massachusetts. I attended Sacred Heart Parish in Waltham as a child.
After a career in labor law enforcement, I entered Pope Saint John XXIII Seminary. I was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston on May 24, 2014. My first assignment was serving as Parochial Vicar at the collaborative of St. James and St. John the Baptist, in Haverhill. My second assignment was as the Parochial Vicar at St. Stephen in Framingham.

In May of 2018, I was assigned as Administrator of the South Boston-Seaport Catholic Collaborative. In April of 2020, I was named Pastor of the Collaborative, and in September, I was asked to additionally serve as the Rector of Our Lady of Good Voyage.

I am grateful to the Cardinal for the privilege of serving the people of South Boston and  South Boston’s Seaport. I am humbled at being named the Rector of this wonderful community at Our Lady of Good Voyage Shrine.

Since arriving in Southie, I had assisted at OLGV. Confessions. Weddings. Masses. Adoration. What a vibrant community this is, filled with so many people devoted to deepening their knowledge and love of Jesus Christ and His Church. Like all faith communities, we have been hit hard by the Corona pandemic. But we are determined to continue practical safety guidelines while continuing to make the Sacraments, devotions, and ongoing faith formation available to people.

Together, let us continue to keep our eyes on Jesus who will bring us through the dark time and help us to build this worship community.